Margueritte Fryar Hartwell

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Jacksonville - A graveside service for Margueritte Fryar Hartwell, 92, will be at noon Saturday, April 13, 2013, at the Jacksonville City Cemetery, with the Rev. Bob Ford officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10:30-11:30 a.m. prior to the service. Mrs. Hartwell died on Saturday, April 6, 2013, at RMC Jacksonville. She is survived by her son, Ray V. Hartwell III and his wife, Marianne; three grandchildren, Ray V. Hartwell IV and his wife, Dr. Laurel Hartwell, William S. Hartwell, and David F. Hartwell and his fiancée, Leslie Wilson; one great-grandchild, Henry Durlin Hartwell; one brother-in-law, Seymour M. West, Jr.; one sister-in-law, Ethel H. Rutledge; three nieces, Beth West Johnson, Lorena Cavanaugh and Alicia Willis; two nephews, Seymour M. West III and W. Davis Hall; and a number of beloved cousins. Pallbearers will be Ray V. Hartwell IV, William S. Hartwell, David F. Hartwell, Jerry L. Couch, Seymour M. West III and Thomas J. Rhodes. Honorary pallbearers will be Seymour M. West Jr., Stephen L. Johnson, Theron E. Montgomery, James V. Hopkins and J. David Royal. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray V. Hartwell Jr.; two sisters, Myrtie Lee Fryar and Sara F. West; and her daughter, Ellen Brinn Hartwell. Mrs. Hartwell was born in Rock Run, where her father, James H. Fryar, was the principal and teacher in the town's one-room school house. The family subsequently moved to Jacksonville, where Mr. Fryar became a successful merchant as the proprietor of a general store on the town square. Mrs. Hartwell graduated from Jacksonville State Teachers College, as it then was, during World War II. She was a fourth grade teacher at Woodstock School in Anniston when she met her future husband, Army Captain Ray V. Hartwell Jr., an Atlanta native who was stationed at Fort McClellan after the war. The couple met on a blind date arranged by Mrs. Hartwell's close friends Lucy and Pete Lampru. During their courtship, the Hartwells "double dated" with her sister, Sara and future brother-in-law, Seymour West, who remained a close and cherished friend throughout her life. The Hartwells resided in Jacksonville through more than a half-century of marriage preceding Mr. Hartwell's death in 1999. Like her sisters and numerous other members of the Fryar and Hartwell families, Mrs. Hartwell was a teacher. Over several decades she taught elementary school classes at Woodstock School, Jacksonville Elementary School (now Kitty Stone Elementary), and Saks Elementary School. Mrs. Hartwell was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville. The family extends special thanks to Mrs. Hartwell's caregiver Lynn Means of Jacksonville, her husband, Kenneth Means, and Lynn's mother, Frances Atkins. The family is very grateful for their friendship and devotion to Mrs. Hartwell. The family also thanks Mrs. Hartwell's long time primary physician, Dr. Brunda Revanna, and her husband, Muddu Revanna, as well as the physicians, nurses, and staff at Ladiga Manor, RMC Jacksonville, and the Piedmont Rehabilitation Center. Their care for Mrs. Hartwell in her final years was exemplary. Flowers will be accepted, or those who prefer to do so may make donations to Jacksonville Christian Outreach Center, 206 Francis Street West, Jacksonville, AL 36265, or to a . Online condolences to the family at: www.klbrownfuneralhome.com. K.L. Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Center 322 Nisbet St., N.W., Jacksonville, AL 36265 256-435-7042
Published in The Anniston Star from Apr. 10 to Apr. 12, 2013
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