The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Obituaries

September 10, 2013

Theodore “Ted” Hart

Ted Hart, 60, crossed into the arms of his Savior on Sept. 4, 2013, after a long battle with MS.

Ted was born June 17, 1953, in Lodi, Ohio to Nelson “Ted” Hart and the late Theresa Hart Norris.  He was diagnosed with MS at the age of 22 and fought it with everything he had. Ted’s best quality was his sense of humor and his greatest joy was his wife, children, and grandchildren. Everyone that has ever met Ted remembers his big smile. 

He loved his family and friends, especially his Friendship Church Life Group the Cocoons, and was happiest when he was surrounded by people. Ted spent the last 15 months of his life as a resident of Athens Rehab and Senior Care cheering up other residents and bringing smiles to staff members who cared for him. Ted always had a smile and never complained. 

He was affectionately known as the “Mayor of Friendship Church” and was loved by many, including the children who he gave rides on his wheelchair.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Friendship Methodist Church. Visitation will be from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday at the church. Limestone Chapel Funeral Home assisting the family.

Ted is survived by his wife of 40 years, Lynne; daughter, Lisa Donahue and fiancé Eddie Garlen; son, Kevin Hart and wife Lauren; father, Ted Hart and wife Vicki of Florida; brothers, Robert Hart of Athens, and George Hart; sisters, Kathy Etterman and Brenda Norris, both of Ohio; granddaughters, Ashley Donahue, Alexis Donahue, Azriel Donahue, and Alayna Hart, all of Athens.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Theresa Hart Norris; and his sister, Jane Wells of Ohio.

Please dress casual and wear orange.

Donations may be made to: National Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163 or by phone at 1-800-344-4867.

Sign the online guestbook at http://limestonechapel.com.

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