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Son of Derrel J. & Rachel (Morris) Hart

Fannie Gardner Hart as a young girl, wife of William Jasper Hart of Bedford County, Tenn. She was the daughter of Franklin Gardner and Mary Katherine Reagor.

This is a recently discovered picture of "Fannie". It is the only one of her in existence that we know about. She died at age 42 after having 11 children.

Fannie's daughter, Elma Hart, named her daughter Fannie Reba Ashby as her namesake.

Taken from an old tin type.
Contributed by Charlie Patton, best guess on the date is 1870's.

The remains of Bayard Hart, son of Mr. Wm. Hart, were brought to New Hermon, last Saturday and buried, after a funeral service conducted by Elders J.D. Floyd and J.A. Kerby. Bayard was 23 years of age. He had been gone from home only two months and it was indeed a great shock to his family and friends when they received the message that he was killed last Wednesday night. He was working at Bells, Texas, at a cotton gin and was accidentally caught in a belt and thrown against a post and killed almost instantly. The entire community is grieved over his untimely death.
Shelbyville Gazette October 22, 1903

Mrs. Clarence Pitts Ashby, (Elma Hart Ashby) 72, died yesterday [10-6-1960] at her home in the Eighth Civil District of Moore County after suffering a heart attack. Funeral service will be at 2:30 p.m. today at the Booneville Church of Christ, of which she was a memeber. R. M. Gleaves will officiate. Burial will be in the Booneville Cemetery. Mrs. Ashby, the former Elma HART, was a native of Bedford County daughter of William and Fanny Gardner Hart. The body is at the home. She is survived by two daughters, Miss Nannie Hart Ashby of Moore County, Mrs. Herschel Patton, Shelbyville, Tenn., a son, Truman Ashby, Lynchburg; four sisters, Miss Kate Hart and Mrs. Edger Rees, Bedford County, Mrs. Newton Dusenberry and Mrs. Bruce Rees, Lincoln County; three brothers, Kirby and Clinton HART, Wasco, Calif., Joe Hart, Bedford County, and four grandchildren.
2nd Obit
Clarence Pitts Ashby, 71, retired farmer of the Charity community and father of Mrs. Herschel E. Patton, S. Main St., died Friday night at his home after a long illness. Services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Booneville Church of Christ, Lynchburg, with R. M. Gleaves, Shelbyville, officiating. Burial followed in Booneville Cemetery. A native of Lincoln County, Mr. Ashby was a member of the Church of Christ. His parents were the late Asbury and Rachel Pitts Ashby. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Elma HART Ashby; another daughter, Miss Nannie Ashby, Moore County; a son, Truman Ashby, Lynchburg; a sister, Mrs. Ella Helms, Fayetteville, and three grandosns, Garry, Charles and Stephen Patton, all of Shelbyville.

Reba Fannie (Ashby) Patton (Huntsville) AL, 91 passed away Saturday, June 4, 2011, in Huntsville. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 6, at Spry Funeral Home Chapel, Huntsville followed by a graveside service at 2:30 p.m. at Booneville Cemetery in Booneville, Tenn. Jeff Archer and Don Patton will officiate. Visitation will be Monday, June 6 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Mrs. Patton was born in Moore County, Tenn. and graduated as valedictorian from Moore County High School. She was married for 71 years to the late Herschel Patton, a gospel preacher in Churches of Christ for more than 60 years. They lived in Alabama, Texas and Tennessee where he preached and later served as an elder in the Jordan Park Church of Christ in Huntsville for more than 25 years. She was a diligent and faithful preacher’s wife and an ideal companion in her husband’s work while also raising three sons. She was preceded in death by her husband, by her parents, Clarence Pitts Ashby and Elma Hart Ashby a brother, Charles Truman Ashby, and a grandson, Randy Patton. She is survived by three sons, Gary N. Patton and wife, Billie, of Decatur, Ala., Charles E. Patton and wife, Sylvia, of Lake Waccamaw, NC, Steve A. Patton and wife, Pam, of Temple Terrace, Fla; a sister, Hart Ashby of Lynchburg, Tenn.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Contributed by Charles Patton

Mrs. Lois HART Dusenberry, 97, of Mulberry, died Monday in Lincoln Skilled Care Center after a long illness. The funeral was Tuesday at Higgins Funeral Home with Charles Martin officiating. Burial was in Mulberry Cemetery. A native of Bedford County, Mrs. Dusenberry was the daughter of the late William and Martha Gardner HART. She was a member of Mulberry Church of Christ. She is survived by a son, Garland Dusenberry of Lynchburg; two granddaughters; seven great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Contributed by Gene Norris

Garland Bayard Dusenberry, age 83 and a resident of Route 3, Lynchburg, died Friday, August 16 at his residence. He was a retired tour guide for Jack Daniel's Distillery, Mr. Dusenberry was a native of Lincoln County and a son of the late Newton Dusenberry and Lois HART Dusenberry. He is survived by his wife, Cora Mae Dusenberry of Lynchburg; two daughters, Joyce Rozar of Fayetteville and Roxann Durm of Lynchburg; seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday, August 18 at 3 p.m. from the chapel of Lynchburg Funeral Home with Brother Don Manness officiating. Interment was in the Lynchburg City Cemetery. Lynchburg Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Contributed by Gene Norris
**Was tour guide at Jack Daniel's Distillery, he was often pictured in the ads run in national publications--gtm]

(From Charles Patton) - Joe L. Hart was my mother’s uncle (Reba Ashby). Until recently I only knew him as "Uncle Joe”. Joe was the son of William Jasper Hart, born in 1900 and his mother died around 1901. He was raised by his older sister Mary Katherine Hart, "Aunt Kate". She would have been about 18 when she took Joe in to raise. Aunt Kate never married and devoted her whole life to her younger brother Joe. As a young boy my father would take me to Uncle Joe’s to ride horses. I remember him as sort of a colorful character (language too) who was well liked and much admired for his ability to judge horseflesh. He had the same box seat at the Shelbyville National Walking Horse Celebration every year. It was just adjacent to the gate where the horses entered the ring. He said he could tell more about the horses from there. Several years after he died I can remember being at the nursing home with my parents visiting Aunt Kate. She was old and feeble and her mind was slipping but still, her only concern was who was taking care of Joe. Joe Little Hart was a magistrate of the 22nd district and a farmer dealing in beef stock. He was well known for his expertise of Tennessee Walking Horses and was a sought after "Horse Judge" at Walking Horse Shows. He was a member of the New Herman Church of Christ, serving as Sunday School teacher for many years. Joe lived his whole life with his sister Kate, who raised him. He never married. Oral history says the reason for Joe's bachlorhood was because his sister, Kate, could not stand his girl friend Angeline. Joe Hart Rd. in Bedford County, Tn. is named for him. His house was about one mile down the road on the left.
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