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“I love you.You are a God given treasure I will carry in my heart forever. ”
1 of 7 | Posted by: gary hartley - trinity, NC - son

“Mama,I just wanted to tell everyone how proud I am of you!You are an example of what a christian mother should be.You were always a place of safety...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: gary hartley - goldsboro, NY

“Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. May you each feel God's loving arms wrapped around you during this difficult time. Pete & Debbie Keen &...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Debbie Kelly Keen

“Prayers and love to Marie's family. She was a beautiful woman inside and out and I know she is with our Lord. In Christ, Rev Patrick Muston,pastor ...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Rev Patrick Muston - Mount Olive, NC

“We are so sorry for your loss. May the Lord bring you peace and comfort. ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: Angie Hartley Jones - Dudley, NC


“Prayers to all the family-Ms Hartley was such a sweet lady, I know she will be missed- Love to you all- Kristy Mason ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: kristy mason - goldsboro, NC

Marie Stafford Hartley, 77, passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at Kitty Askins Hospice Center surrounded by her family.

Marie was born in Johnston County on May 18, 1935 to the late Joseph Wilbert Stafford and Nora Kornegay Stafford. She was married to the late Herbert Gilmore Hartley. Marie was a member of The First Pentecostal Holiness Church. She was a beautiful person whose loving spirit and ever present smile radiated the joy she experienced in living every day of her life. She was deeply devoted to her family and was happiest when she was spending time in family/friend gatherings.

Funeral services will be held Friday, December 28, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel of Seymour Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Rose and Rev. Patrick Muston officiating. Burial will follow in Selah Christian Church Cemetery with Lee Ann Higgins officiating.

Marie is survived by her daughter, Cathy Best and husband Kirby of Grantham; son, Gary Hartley and wife Jill of Trinity, NC; grandchildren, Kelby Best, Kelly Best, Hailey Hartley and Stevie Johnson; great-grandchildren, Kaylan Johnson and McKenna Johnson; brothers, Max Stafford, Earl Stafford and Henry Stafford; and sisters, Pauline Tadlock, Rachel Porter and Louise Popkey.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Vickie Kay Hartley and brothers, Lionel Stafford, Leon Stafford and John Richard Stafford.

The family will receive friends Thursday, December 27, 2012 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home and other times at the home of her daughter and son-in-law.

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