Ray Vinton Hartwell III

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Funeral service for Ray Vinton Hartwell III, 66, will be Thursday, February 13, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Jacksonville with the Rev. Jim Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Jacksonville City Cemetery with K. L. Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Jacksonville, directing services. The family will receive friends today from 3 until 5 p.m. at K.L. Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jacksonville. Mr. Hartwell died Friday, February 7, 2014, at Regional Medical Center in Anniston. He is survived by his wife, Marianne Geeker, of Anniston; three sons from his prior marriage to Katherine Hock Hartwell, of Richmond, Va., Ray V. Hartwell IV and his wife, Laurel and son, Henry, of Albuquerque, N.M., William S. Hartwell, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and David F. Hartwell and his wife, Leslie Wilson, of Chicago, Ill.; his mother-in-law, Katherine Geeker, of Pensacola, Fla.; an aunt, Ethel H. Rutledge, of Chatsworth, Ga.; several beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. Pallbearers will be Stephen L. Johnson, Seymour M. West III, Jerry L. Couch, Thomas J. Rhodes, Lee T. Geeker, Thomas S. Geeker, Nickolas P. Geeker and Van P. Geeker. Mr. Hartwell was born in Anniston on June 19, 1947, where his mother was a teacher and his father worked at the Commercial National Bank following discharge from the Army after World War II. The family resided in Jacksonville. He started his education at Ethel Andrews Kindergarten in Anniston and subsequently attended public schools in Jacksonville through the ninth grade. He enrolled in Indian Springs School in Indian Springs, Ala. in the tenth grade and graduated from Indian Springs in 1965. He attended Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Va. and earned his B.A. in 1969. At W&L he was the chairman of the Student Control Committee and a member of the Beta Theta Pi social fraternity, the Student Affairs Committee and Omicron Delta Kappa. From 1969 to 1972, Mr. Hartwell served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy as an antisubmarine warfare and nuclear weapons officer on the U.S.S. Lawrence, a guided missile destroyer. After his service, he returned to Lexington and earned a J. D. summa cum laude from the W&L School of Law in 1975. During law school he was editor-in-chief of the Washington and Lee Law Review, winner of the John W. Davis Prize, a finalist in the Burks Moot Court Competition and a member of the Order of the Coif and Delta Theta Phi. From 1975 on, Mr. Hartwell practiced law with the law firm of Hunton & Williams in their offices in Richmond, Va., Brussels, Belgium and Washington, D.C. where he was a senior partner in the firm's global competition practice group. He specialized in antitrust investigations, litigation and counseling. He also managed the firm's Brussels, Belgium and Warsaw, Poland offices from 1992 through 1994. He was a former council member of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law and chaired the antitrust sections of both the District of Columbia and the Virginia State Bars. He held a variety of other leadership positions in bar organizations, including serving as chair of the Compliance and Ethics Committee of the ABA Antitrust Section. He was a member of the editorial board of The Antitrust Bulletin and served as editor of the ABA Handbook on Antitrust Grand Jury Investigations. In recent years he took part in several competition law workshops, including participating in the 2010 International Competition Network's Cartel Workshop in Yokohama, Japan at the invitation of the Department of Justice and serving on the steering committee of the ABA/IBA International Cartel Workshop in Vancouver, British Columbia in 2012. He was also regularly recognized in national lists of top competition lawyers. Throughout his life, Mr. Hartwell served Washington and Lee University with extraordinary commitment. He was former president of the Law School Alumni Association, a volunteer with the Alumni Career Assistance Program, a class agent and a member of the University's Washington Society. In addition, he served on the Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2009, and was a Trustee Emeritus. His affiliation with W&L was a great source of happiness in his life. In recent years, he was a regular contributor of book reviews and political commentary to various publications, including The Washington Times, The Richmond Times-Dispatch, and the American Spectator. He moved to Anniston in 2013 with his wife, Marianne, where he planned to retire and become more involved in the local community where he was born. He also looked forward to traveling and spending more time with family and friends in Skopelos, Greece, a village he came to love and where he was greatly loved in return. He was a proud, loving and caring father to his three sons and found recent joy in his grandson, Henry. He also cherished his many life-long friendships, including those with his classmates in Jacksonville, Indian Springs and W&L, and his colleagues from Hunton & Williams and the antitrust bar. Flowers will be accepted, or those who prefer to do so may make donation to a . Mr. Hartwell was preceded in death by his parents, Ray V. Hartwell Jr. and Margueritte Hartwell and a sister, Ellen Brinn Hartwell. Online condolences to the family at: www.klbrownfuneralhome.com. K. L. Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Center 322 Nisbet Street, N.W. Jacksonville, Alabama 256-435-7042
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Published in The Anniston Star on Feb. 12, 2014
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