Rev. William Hartman

June 13, 2012 • Obituaries


The Rev. William R. Hartman Sr., 87, of Roswell, died peacefully at home on June 12, 2012.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years Frances; his children, William Hartman Jr. (Polly), of Roswell, Julia Hartman, of Asheville, N.C., Margaret Abbott (Maurice Wheatley), of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, and Paul Hartman (Diana), of Cheyenne, Wyo.; his sister Peggy Ratcliff, of [auth] Lilburn, Ga.; seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

After serving in the Army in World War II, then graduating from Emory University and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, the Rev. Hartman was ordained in 1951. He served as a mission developer and pastor to churches in Alabama, Georgia and Kentucky before organizing St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Roswell, where he served as pastor from 1958 to 1966. He later served churches in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Ohio, Georgia, Tennessee, Wyoming and Texas. He also was a licensed nursing home administrator and served in that capacity in North Carolina, New York and New Jersey, before retiring in Roswell in 1982, where he rejoined St. Mark’s and was named pastor emeritus in 1994. Bill enjoyed traveling with Frances and visited all 50 states, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean.

A memorial service will be held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Thursday, June 21, 2012, at 10:30 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.

Condolences may be offered online at

Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.

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