Charles Hartzog

Springfield, Georgia

Apr 4, 1936 – Jan 5, 2021 (Age 84)


April 4, 1936
January 5, 2021
Springfield, Georgia


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Charles Hartzog
Springfield, GA
Charles Edward Hartzog, age 84 of Springfield, Georgia, passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 surrounded by his family after a brief illness.
He was born September 4, 1936 in Savannah, Georgia. Charles was a graduate of Rincon High School in 1954 and received his Bachelor of Science in business from Newberry College in 1959. On July 12, 1959 he married his high school sweetheart, Ava Elizabeth Gnann; they were married by Rev. Carl Milton. Charles began his professional career in Savannah as a cashier of C&S Bank of Savannah, working his way up to eventually becoming President of the Exchange Bank of Springfield in 1970, which ultimately became Bank of America.
Charles was active in his church, First Baptist Church of Springfield. A member of the Carl Milton Sunday School class, Charles also served on the church Board of Trustees, the Finance Committee, was a deacon, and also taught Sunday School.
He served his community through the Effingham Hospital Authority, being a member of the Masonic Lodge in Springfield, the Lion's Club, Rotary Club, Jaycee's, and served as an MP in the United States Army National Guard. He was a founding organizer and director of Citizens Bank of Effingham from 1998 to 2003. He served on the Industrial Development Authority Board, the Chamber of Commerce of Effingham, and numerous other foundational community business organizations.
His greatest joy in life came through time with family and friends. Charles is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Ava Gnann Hartzog; three children, Charles Eric Hartzog (Cheryle), Sonya Hartzog Kessler (Neal), Brian Edward Hartzog (Susan), grandchildren; Zachary Hartzog, Jessica Barnett (Ross), Gracie Hartzog, Lucas Hartzog, Nicole Kessler-Razo (Will), Anna Kessler, Evan Hartzog, Emily Hartzog, and great granddaughter; Meadow Hartzog.
Funeral arrangements will be held Thursday, January 7, 2021, at the First Baptist Church of Springfield at 11:00 AM, followed by a graveside service at Effingham Memorial Gardens at 880 GA Highway 119 South, Springfield, Georgia.
Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Home, Effingham Chapel (912) 754-6421.
Savannah Morning News
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Ms. Ava, Sonya, Eric, Brian, and family, I am so sad to hear about Mr. Charles. He was always so kind to me and made me feel welcomed in your home and even on your vacations! He and Ms. Ava were a good example of marriage and parents. The last time I saw him, he was happy and proud at Nicole's wedding. I know you will miss him dearly. I am praying for your family and sending lots of love to you all.

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My sympathy to Ava and family.God bless each of you.You are in my prayers.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Love to you and your family!

I met Mr Hartzog at his granddaughter wedding, it was inspiring the beautiful couple he and Mrs Ava made, they set an example of love and commitment, kindness and acceptance, among many other things. My heart goes to to the family, my prayers for him to Rest In Peace in our Lord’s presence and for the family during these extremely difficult times.

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Charles was like a step dad......After my dadpassed he would call me his step son. We would talk about Ga. Southern football..Going to miss him . Say Dad hey when you see him in heaven.........