Frances T. Hartley

Frances T. Hartley


Aug. 5, 1938-Jan. 10, 2020

Funeral services for Frances T. Harley, 81, of Buckatunna, will be at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020 from the Chapel of Freeman Funeral Home, with Rev. Kenny Morris, Rev. John Brown and Damon V. Kirkland officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020 from the Parlor of Freeman Funeral Home.

Following the funeral service, interment will take place at Progress Cemetery.

Born in Wayne County on Friday, Aug. 5, 1938 to Luther Taylor and Gladys Donald Taylor, she was a member of Progress Assembly of God Church. Through the years, she served the people of her community well by holding numerous positions and job titles in Wayne County.

She was a legal secretary from 1961-1965 then served as Deputy Chancery Clerk from 1966-1969. She then worked part-time in the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and Tax Collector’s Office for two years. From 1972-1975, she served as Deputy Circuit Clerk.

Frances was Director of the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, served on the Mississippi Circuit Clerks Association and was on the Guidance Committee of the Wayne County Vocational-Technical Center. She was the Secretary/Treasurer of the Business and Professional Women’s Club.

She was the first lady to be elected to public office in Wayne County, proudly service from 1976-1983 as Circuit Clerk. She retired from Freeman Funeral Home after working for 27 years as Pre-Need Sales Manager.

She died on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 at her residence.

She is survived by her son, Richard N. “Rick” Hartley of Gulfport; her daughter, Teresa Clark of Buckatunna; her aunt, Myrtis Morris of Ellisville; her sister and brother-in-law, Myra and Clifford Waller of Buckatunna; three granddaughters and their respective spouses, Tara and Nathan Ridgon of Laurel, Amanda and Joshua Grabert of Columbus and Casey Clark of Buckatunna; two great-granddaughters, Katie Grabert and Allison Grabert, both of Columbus; and a hoset of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Charlie J. Stewart; her second husband, Gerald N. Hartley; her father, Luther Taylor; her mother, Gladys Taylor; a son, Charlie J. “Bubba” Stewart, Jr.; a son-in-law, David Clark; two brothers, William Lawrence Taylor and Fredrick N. Taylor; and two sisters, Ruth Louise Taylor and Mildred Gladys Hammonds.

An online guestbook can be signed at

Freeman Funeral Home of Waynesboro is in charge of arrangements.


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