Harlan Hess Hartsfield, lifelong resident of Haskell, Texas, peacefully passed away at his home with his wife Dorothy at his side, Saturday morning, April 12, 2014 from complications of Parkinsons disease. Mr. Hartsfield was 90. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at the Church of Christ in Haskell with Mr. Phillip Sims, Mr. Gerald McCoy, Mr. Travis Smith, and Mr. Sam Wester officiating. Burial with military honors will take place immediately following the services at Willow Cemetery under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes. Visitation is planned for Monday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home located at 304 N. 2nd Street.
One of four boys, Hess was born September 10, 1923 in Haskell, Texas to Mary Alice (Livengood) and Henry Giles Hartsfield. After graduating from Haskell High School in 1942 Hess entered the United States Army and proudly served during WWII and the Korean Conflict. Upon his discharge on March 14, 1946 he returned home to Haskell and on April 23, 1949 Hess married the love of his life, Dorothy Toliver. He returned to his service duty in September of 1950 until August 19, 1951 when he was discharged for a final time as a Corporal.
For many years, Hess was a faithful Deacon at the Church of Christ until health forced him to resign. He and Dorothy housed more than 300 kids for the Haskell Singing School over a 40 year period. He also served in the church bus program and picked up many children to bring to church. He was a member of The Lions Club for many years and served as President. Known for his passion for Bridge and Dominoes, Hess and Dorothy played Dominoes every morning until he no longer could play. Hess retired from Hartsfield Insurance and Real Estate Agency that he owned and operated since 1964.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Mary Alice Hartsfield; and his 3 brothers, Alfred Hartsfield, Garlan Hartsfield, and Wallace Hartsfield.
He will be missed by many, but most importantly his loving and affectionate family that adored him. He is survived by his wife of nearly 65 years, Dorothy of Haskell; his children, Larry Hartsfield and wife Ellen of Durango, Colorado, Linda Calhoun and husband Ted from Red River, New Mexico, and Dan Hartsfield and wife Karen of Terrell, Texas.
Also surviving are his grandchildren, Kyle Hartsfield and wife Stefani, Aaron Hartsfield, Emily Hartsfield and Joseph Thompson, Katie McDowell and husband Beau, Nathan Lyles, Haley Hartsfield and Andrew Spencer, Ryan Hartsfield, Neil Harlan Hartsfield, Michael Hartsfield, and James Hartsfield; and great-grandchildren, Guthrie and Dexter Hartsfield, Sowah Hartsfield, Ellie Thompson, Kamryn and Kayce McDowell, Cory and Lyla Gibson; sisters-in-law, Jeffie Clifton, Robbie Gholson, Pat Sammons and husband Glen, and many dear nieces and nephews and friends.
Serving as pallbearers for Hess are his grandsons, Kyle Hartsfield, Aaron Hartsfield, Ryan Hartsfield, Neil Hartsfield, Michael Hartsfield, James Hartsfield, Nathan Lyles, and Beau McDowell. Honorary pallbearers are his granddaughters, Katie McDowell, Emily Hartsfield, and Haley Hartsfield.
If desired, memorials can be given in Hess’s name to the Haskell County Wall of Honor, 304 N. 2nd Street, Haskell, TX 79521.