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Ray Edward Hartfield

Ray Edward Hartfield, 74, peacefully joined our Heavenly Father on November 29, 2019, following a short stay at Asbury Hospice, in Hattiesburg, MS. Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at Hathorn Funeral Home in Columbia, Mississippi from 9:00 until 11:00 am. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 11:00 am at Hathorn Funeral Home. Revs. Jessie Ladner and Millard Moak will officiate. Burial with military honors will take place at Biloxi National Cemetery on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 2:30 pm.

Ray was born on February 20, 1945 in Purvis, Mississippi, to William Edward (Ted) Hartfield and Vida Rae Dickson Hartfield Anderson, both of whom preceded him in death.

Ray was one of three siblings born to Ted and Vida. He was known as a free-spirit with a generous heart, twinkle in his eyes, and infectious laugh.

Those who had the pleasure of knowing him later in his life know how much he loved being outdoors, how well his gardens grew, and how his little dog Mia followed him everywhere he went. Those who knew him when he was younger remember how he was the perfect Santa—from the black boots and bag of goodies to his jolly laugh—and how he was the ultimate outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, and sharing that passion with others.

All who knew him know that Ray was a gifted storyteller who could make even the routine of day-to-day life seem like a journey that should be embraced and shared joyfully with others. It seemed that he knew almost everyone and everything.

Ray was so much more than a husband, brother, father, and grandfather. He was also a proud retired Navy Veteran who served his country during Vietnam. He was one of the 143 ‘Plankowners’ who deployed OV-10A Broncos to South Vietnam in 1969; there the squadron quickly established headquarters at Naval Support Activity Binh Thuy. Flying out of the air force base at Binh Thuy and the army airfield at Vung Tau, the “Black Ponies” started providing air support to U.S. and allied forces throughout the Mekong Delta and surrounding areas. He continued to serve his country and make his home wherever the Navy stationed him until his retirement.

Of all that Ray accomplished in his life, though, he was most proud of his family and the children and grandchildren that God blessed him with.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his second wife, Ann Odom Hartfield and his brother Charles Frederick (Ricky) Hartfield.

Survivors include his Wife, Sharon Hartfield; two Daughters, Stephanie Carol Tulsian (Vishal), Pamela Kaye Sullivan (Robert); two Step-daughters, Angela Pittman (Danny), Kim Barber (Mike); one Sister, June Elizabeth Crosby; eight Grandchildren, Steven Allen Langton, Robert James Sullivan Jr., Dusty Pittman, Derek Pittman, Matthew Pittman, Chase Slocum, Chance Barber, Kendall Barber; fourteen Great Grandchildren; and a number of Nieces and Nephews. He is dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all.

Hathorn Funeral Home in Columbia will be in charge of the arrangements. Friends can sign an online guestbook at


Ray Edward Hartfield
February 20, 1945 - November 29, 2019





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