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HARTSFIELD, Roy Roy Thomas Hartsfield October 25, 1925 - January 15, 2011 Roy T. Hartsfield of Ellijay passed away at his daughter's home in Ball Ground, GA, on Saturday, January 15. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Alice Young Hartsfield. Born in Chattahoochee, Georgia, he attended West Fulton High School. He spent over forty years in professional baseball. After high school, he was signed by the Atlanta Crackers where he played the 1943 season followed by 2 years in the Navy at Great Lakes. His major league playing days were with the Boston Braves for three years, 1950 ñ 1952. He then spent many years in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization where he managed in their minor league system and coached on the major league level. He also coached for the Atlanta Braves then went on to manage the Hawaii Islanders for 4 years. He was the first ever manager of the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League expansion in 1976 where he managed for 3 years. Recognized for his in-depth knowledge of the game, he was selected to lead instructional leagues in Germany and Japan while with the Dodgers. After retirement from baseball, Roy and Alice moved to Ellijay which quickly became their home. For many years, he was an active member of the Lions Club and served as Grand Marshal of the Ellijay Apple Festival one year. He became a member of the "Creepy Crawlers" golf group and spent many a fine day on the course at Whitepath with his buddies, frequently winning 'closest to the pin'. Throughout his retirement, he played in many charity golf tournaments through the Major League Baseball Players Alumni organization. Before his health forced him to quit golf, he was still shooting his age in his eighties. He leaves behind many good friends in the Ellijay community which he loved. He is survived by his daughters, Karol (Len) Little of Ball Ground, Patti Hartsfield of Vinings, Linda (Larry) Korb of Cumming, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 22, at Ellijay First United Methodist Church at 2:00 p.m. Family will receive visitors beginning at 1:00 p.m. in the Narthex. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Georgia Mountains Hospice, 70 Caring Way, Jasper, GA 30143 or your favorite charity. On-line condolences may be left Bernhardt Funeral Home, Ellijay.

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February 1, 2011
Patti and Family,

May your Father's life be honored by all that he loved. May his memory be cherished for all that he gave. May your hearts be comforted by all that you shared. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you. Always,
Anita and Tom Hagspiel
January 29, 2011
I knew Roy and Alice as a young woman. They were part of my daughter Amanda's and my life for too short a time. I know that they were wonderful grandparents to Kristy Little and that Karol and her sisters loved him very much. Roy was a true people person which is why so many people will miss him. My heart and prayers go out to Karol, Linda and Patti at this time of sorrow. May happy memories sustain them and may he rest in peace reunited with Alice in a better place.
Deborah Cook
January 22, 2011
Roy Hartsfield was my manager in Hawaii when we won the PCL championship.He was a good baseball man with a good sense of humor.R.I.P. "SNUFFY"
Randy Elliott
January 20, 2011
To the family and friends of the late Mr. Roy Hartsfield from a fan from Toronto.

So, so many have pride in their hearts for our home team, the Jays as well as the great family of people (managers, coaches, players) who believed the city could handle it! i remember the poster of your first season on our kitchen wall, there so we could all memorize the players names! An inspiring man and also the reason i stay home on Saturday afternoons.

Ross (my partner) and i send our deepest condolences and a warm embrace from your friends in Canada.
Heather Reynolds
January 19, 2011
Our world is a little less bright now that Roy has died. He was such a lovely man! I will miss his smile very much. Our thoughts & prayers will be with you. Sally Cowart Hughes (JPC branch)
January 19, 2011
We were very sorry to hear about Roy
I grew up with Alice and my husband
Walt with Roy, so we have known them
for a long time. I was at their Wedding. They will be missed by many.
Our thoughts go out to all of you
and your familes during this time.

Walt and Elizabeth Campbell, Lavonia, Ga
January 19, 2011
Dear Patti and Family:

So sorry to learn of the passing of your beloved Dad! He was certainly blessed with the special family that you are! The bond between daughters and fathers is a timeless gift that will comfort you in the days ahead. No matter how long we have them - it is never long enough. With love, Linda Smyser
January 18, 2011
I worked for an insurance company in downtown Decatur for 28 years. Anytime I answered the phone to hear "Meg? Roy Hartsfield", I knew I was in for a delightful conversation. He always brightened my day. Enjoy your precious memories of this wonderful man!
Meg Telligman
January 18, 2011
Rest in peace Roy, and thank you for the gift of your kind friendship. God Bless your family and we know that memories of you will comfort them.

Jack & Sandra Overstreet
Smyrna, Ga.
January 18, 2011
very saddened to learn of Roy's passing. many fond memories of days growing up around bolton and riverside and "the Hartsfield boys". playing baseball for the west fulton owls. also, Alyce being one of the prettiest girls in our class of '43 at West Fulton (and the best typist). with fond memories.
harold pittard - class of '43 (not many of us left now)
harold pittard
January 17, 2011
Dearest Patti and sisters, What a wonderful gift all of you gave your Dad during his last days on earth . To care for your loved one makes all of you closer I am sure. When one "sister" cries... we all do ....
God bless you JoanneKemp Jane's sister
joanne kemp
January 17, 2011
We were very saddened to hear of the loss of Roy.
Our sympathies go with all his family.
J. B. & Vivian Brown
January 17, 2011
Although I didn't have the opportunity to get to know Roy personally, I do know he always brought a smile, laugh or twinkle of an eye to his daughter, Patti, whenever she spoke of him. My heart goes out to my dear friend, Patti, and all of Roy's family during this difficult time. I'm sure he'll get a hole in one in heaven!
Darcy Erickson
January 17, 2011
Dear Patti
How sorry I was to hear the news of your Dad's passing. My deepest sympathies to you and to your family! Though I never met your Dad, I always felt I knew him a little through you and Jane speaking of him as well as my brother. He is in a good place to be sure. May the Good Lord help you during these trying times with prayers for healing for you all.
Love always, Jeannie
Jeannie Raymond
January 17, 2011
Karol, I know this is a very sad time for you and your family and I am so sorry. I know you all loved your Dad very much. You will always have many wonderful memories to share. May God bless you all.
Linda King
January 17, 2011
Roy and Alice always the gracious and welcoming hosts. Show up at their home any time and you were greeted as though you had been expected for days. Also, favorite "Cowart cousins" and there are many. Aunt Cora (Roy's Mom) could always bring us up to date on the latest baseball stats for her sons. We grieve with all the family and remember Roy's wonderful life. Sincere sympathy. John Cowart, Jr., and Shirley
January 17, 2011
A wonderful visit with Roy
Roy had a very kind heart and a sharp mind. I am glad I had the opportunity to get to know him. He shared with me some very valuabe information regarding our family's geneaology for which I am very thankful. My deepest sympathy goes to his children and grandchildren as I am truly saddened for thier loss. God bless~
Cristal Morris
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