Actor Rex Partington died March 17 in Apalachicola, Fla. He was 82.
Partington was producing artistic director for the Barter Theater in Abingdon, Virginia 1972 to 1992.
Barter was designated the state theater of Virginia in 1946, and Partington began his acting career there in the early 1950s.
In 1963 he became the first production manager for the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis. He acted at the Old Log Theater and later formed his own touring company, Heartland Productions, and served as artistic director of the Cleveland Playhouse.
Before he returned to the Barter in the early ’70s, he had toured with the Straw Hat Summer Theatre Circuit, worked as resident leading man for Memphis (Tenn.) Arena Theatre and acted in or stage-managed Broadway shows, including “Lunatics and Lovers,” “My Fair Lady” and “The Matchmaker.”
Moving to Florida, Partington and his wife Cleo Holladay bought the derelict Dixie Theater in Apalachicola, refurbished the building and reopened it in 1998.
He is survived by his wife Cleo, an actress; a son; a daughter; a granddaughter and a brother.
Donations may be made to The Dixie Theatre Foundation.