Marvin B. Hartley Jr.

Born: Fri., Jan. 13, 1933
Died: Sat., Jul. 2, 2016


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Jul. 05, 2016
Location: Lyons Chapel

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., Jul. 06, 2016
Location: First Baptist Church of Lyons

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Senior Superior Court Judge, The Honorable Marvin B. Hartley, Jr., of Lyons, Georgia, died of complications following surgery on Saturday, July 2, 2016, at Memorial University Medical Center of Savannah. He was 83 years old.

Judge Hartley was a native of Sandersville, Georgia.  He attended Georgia Military College and served in the Army as a military policeman from 1953-55.  In 1959, he earned a BA in Journalism at the University Of Georgia Henry Grady School Of Journalism, and two years later, he earned his Juris Doctor from the University Of Georgia School Of Law.  

In 1963, he moved to Lyons, where he started his career with the law firm of Sharpe and Sharpe, later to become Sharpe, Sharpe, and Hartley.  Later, he started a new firm with Hugh McNatt and Bruce Durden.  In 1977, he was elected State Court Judge and later that year, he was appointed by Governor George Busbee to the office of Superior Court Judge of the Middle Judicial Circuit. During his tenure, he served on the Sentence Review Panel and the Board of Governors. He served for over 24 years, becoming one of the longest-serving Superior Court judges in Georgia history.  

Judge Hartley served as President of the Jaycees, President of the Lyons Lions Club, and President of the Lyons-Toombs County Chamber of Commerce.  He was a supporter of the Ohoopee Regional Council of the Arts, the Franklinia Playhouse, the Altama Gallery,  the Vidalia Community Chorus, the Meadows Memorial “Pink Ladies” Tour of Homes, the Paul Anderson Youth Home, and Mercy Clinic.  

Judge Hartley was an active member of Lyons First Baptist Church for over 50 years, where he served in various leadership roles, which included positions of Deacon,  Sunday School Teacher, Church Moderator, Finance Committee member, Building Committee member, as well as various other committees when needed.

Judge Hartley was an avid supporter of the University of Georgia and the Georgia Athletic Association and a recipient of the university’s distinguished ARCH award in honor of “an exemplary life of service to others”.

Judge Hartley is preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin B. Hartley, Sr.

He is survived by his wife of  nearly 63 years, Betty Robinson Hartley of Lyons; three daughters:  Lori (Paul) Crawley of Marietta, Terri (Hal) Eisenberg of Alpharetta, and Joni (Michael) Callihan of Winder; and five grandchildren: Brandon Collins, Casey Collins Bates, Sam Eisenberg, Noah Eisenberg and Josh Callihan.

Funeral services for Senior Judge, The Honorable Marvin B. Hartley, Jr., will be held at Lyons First Baptist Church on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at 11:00 AM with the Reverend Dannie Williams officiating. Interment will follow at Lyons City Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Stewart Rosier Funeral Service Lyons Chapel on Tuesday evening from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

Stewart-Rosier Funeral Service Lyons Chapel is in charge of funeral arrangements.  
Any contributions in Judge Hartley’s name may be made to Lyons First Baptist Church.

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Linda Bell English
   Posted Sun July 03, 2016
Dear Betty and family, my prayers are with you during this sad time of your lives. Marvin leaves a legacy to be cherished. He was loved and respected by those who knew him best. He was an asset to his community and his country.I will remember him fondly as a great man. Warm regards, Linda Bell English

Howard C. Kaufold, Jr.
   Posted Sun July 03, 2016
Miss Betty and family, the Judge was a good Christian, and was a great mentor to me, you are in my prayers and thoughts.

Michelle Brock
   Posted Sun July 03, 2016
Many prayers of peace and comfort towards this wonderful family. It has been our privilege to know them. Much love to you.

Betty Jean Andrews
   Posted Sun July 03, 2016
So sorry to learn of Judge Hartley's death, work with him many years from the Clerk's Office in Swainsboro, Ga. He was certainly a class act. RIP Judge Hartley!!

Dicky Erwin
   Posted Sun July 03, 2016
Dear Hartley family,
I have known "The Judge" since meeting he and his wife, Betty, at a Georgia football game in the 1970's. They were at the game with my Uncle Doyle and Aunt June. I met them at other games and always enjoyed their company. Later, I would have the privilege of visiting with him and others at "The Dawg House" while they were holding court (as I would put it). Sometimes when I was at home in Perry and call the Dawg House, Uncle Doyle would put him on the phone and we would talk Bulldawg football. I will always cherish these memories of a great husband, father, Judge, friend, and Georgia Bulldawg.

Lorraine Kavakos Timmons
   Posted Sun July 03, 2016
Betty and Family- I was so sorry to hear about the Judge. He was one of the greatest men I knew. He always had a kind word and was always concerned about how things were going. He made an impression on so many. I always enjoyed seeing you at Chatters when I was home. I looked forward to our talks about our DAWGS!! He will be missed by so many. You are ALL in my thoughts and prayers. GOD Bless You and look UP for strength . Love you. Lorraine

Angie Woods Lindsey
   Posted Sun July 03, 2016
Terri and family , I am so sorry for your loss . All of you are in my thoughts and prayers .

Lynn Sharpe
   Posted Mon July 04, 2016
Betty and Family: I worked with Judge Hartley in the beginning years at the firm of Sharpe, Sharpe and Hartley. He was a wonderful man and I learned much about the law from him. I sincerely pray that your family will heal from your loss and I will always remember this great man.

Dock and Doretha Garrett
   Posted Mon July 04, 2016
Sorry about Marvin, Jr. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Darrell and Monette Copeland
   Posted Mon July 04, 2016
Mrs. Betty and family we are so sorry for your loss. May God give you peace, comfort and strength during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

   Posted Tue July 05, 2016

   Posted Tue July 05, 2016
Life Without Limits
Written by: Renee Talley

Imagination's still

Y'all r brave hearted

Solace divine

Your wholesome

Smile's within

That's because

Daddy Knows best

Sue Rustin Grisham
   Posted Tue July 05, 2016
Ms. Betty and Family, we all have lost a dear man. His service to our community will be forever remembered. I feel honored to have known him. I send you all my love and sympathy. May God be your ever present Comforter.

Sherri Vaughn
   Posted Tue July 05, 2016
Mrs. Betty, Lori, Terri, Joni, and family, my family was deeply saddened to learn of Judge Hartley's passing, He was such a kind, God fearing man he served the Judicial System with deep conviction and integrity, he always had a smile and cared deeply for others. It is my prayer that God would uphold you and sustain you with his grace in the days ahead and that you would feel the peace that passes all understanding

Faye Rustin
   Posted Tue July 05, 2016
Ms. Hartley and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss, he was a good person, a christian to be appreciated. I worked at Kaiser in Lyons for ten years, during the time he was President of the Lions Club. I would make calls each week for the members (reminder calls), he was so professional and treated everyone respect. I know he was a friend to our family all my life. He will be missed, please find peace in knowing that he is now at peace. Remember, you will always, always have your memories.

Maria Pittman
   Posted Tue July 05, 2016
My deepest sympathies and prayers.

Renee Owen
   Posted Wed July 06, 2016

A GARDEN PATH was sent by Renee Brantley Owen.

Linda Collins Conley
   Posted Wed July 06, 2016
Dear Mrs. Hartley and family,

My first job after graduating from Collins High School in 1964 was with the firm of Sharpe, Sharpe & Hartley. It was a pleasure working with Marvin there for about a year and learning the ropes before moving to Atlanta and then back to Statesboro. I was pleased when I learned that he had become a Superior Court Judge, and I enjoyed seeing Judge Hartley on several occasions when on errands at various courthouses in his circuit.

Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss.

Linda Conley

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