- After the death of his mother, Bart was reared by his uncle and aunt, Robert (Bob) and Greene Ashley Gwaltney. Bart's Uncle Bob was killed in a hunting accident in 1907. Aunt Greene continued to live with Bart's family until her death.
After an appropriate education in the area's rural schools, Bart became a prosperous young farmer.
In 1920, Bart, his young wife, his father, and his "Aunt Greene" moved from the family homeplace on Newbell's Branch to a hilltop home overlooking the town of Hickman. In that home Bart and Edna continued their lives together for sixty-one years. They lived simple, yet productive, lives and accepted with ease the modern conveniences that were made availabe through the years.
Members of the Gordonsville United Methodist Church, Bart and Edna lived long meaningful Christian lives. They were loved and respected by their family and friends. After the birth of their grandchildren, they became known to friends in the community as Daddy Bart and Mem-ma. They are buried in the Gordonsville Cemetery.