Ernest Hart

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HART, E. Maurice 1914-2010 Ernest Maurice Hart was "ringside" when Charles Lindbergh landed his "Spirit of St. Louis" at Candler Field on October 11, 1927; more than 60 years later, he was still awed by the plane when he viewed it hanging from the ceiling of the Smithsonian. Originally a racetrack, Candler Field would have a great impact on his life. The Hart farm encompassed over 100 acres of what would eventually become Hartsfield International Airport. The only son of Ernest E. and Jewell Lee Hart, Maurice was born September 14, 1914. Four sisters (Ruby, Ruth, Iris and Melba) would follow. He married Anne McDonald (East Point) in 1939. Later, daughters Sandra, Rebecca and Deborah would grow up on stories of which legends are made. A natural born salesman, his first "real" job required a two mile walk to trolley line and ride downtown to the Highland Bakery, where he worked for decades. Starting out in a horse-drawn wagon, he delivered bread to legendary Journal/ Constitution Editor Ralph McGill, and other notables. Married to Savannah Wallace, he turned down a job from Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton after a lunch; knew legendary race car drivers around the country, and continued to run the E. M. Hart Well Pump Co. with wife Frances Chambliss until her death in 1998. She was the "soul mate" with whom he enjoyed life; he formally gave his life to Christ and was baptized at College Park Presbyterian Church. Maurice "retired" again at 88. Peachtree City's Joel Cowan, Post Properties CEO John Williams and boxer Evander Holyfield were among his clients. He is survived by sisters Iris Jones (Jasper), Fayetteville; Melba Dailey (Lawrence), Fayetteville; daughters Sandra Hart, Peachtree City; Rebecca Hart, Molena; Deborah Hart Belyeu (Barry), Palmetto; grandchildren Zane Bailey (LaGrange); Kate Bailey, Decatur; and Lara Bailey of San Diego; stepson Fred (Deborah) Chambliss, Knoxville, TN; and stepdaughter Cheryl (Greg) Ippolito, Nashville, TN, numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, make donations at www.BGEA.org or the Atlanta Mission, in his memory.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Oct. 10, 2010
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