Billy Eugene “Red” Hart, 89, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 23, 2020 to once again be reunited with his beloved wife, Patricia Ann. He was born in Seminole, Oklahoma on December 8, 1930 to James and Ethel Hart. Just out of high school, Red married the love of his life, Patricia Ann Bartell on August 25, 1951. The two raised a beautiful family including 5 children, 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. He also proudly served in the U.S. Army and saw active duty during the Korean War.
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Red will be fondly remembered as having a strong work ethic, loved sports, and always took good care of those in his life. With several records for basketball and baseball at Varnum high school, he went on to play pro baseball for the Chicago White Sox organization until he was drafted into the U.S. Army. After his military service, he spent many years in the oil fields of Oklahoma to provide for his family. Always taking great pride in his home’s appearance, he would spend countless hours tending to his garden and perfecting his lawn’s landscaping, never missing stringing lights at Christmas or providing homegrown vegetables to anyone who needed them. As passionate as Red was about his home and garden, he also had a passion for sports. He always enjoyed playing basketball, watching his OU Sooners and OKC Thunder, and summer vacations at the horse races in Ruidoso. After retirement, he started a second career as a city bus driver. Not that he needed the money, but just because he enjoyed being around people and helping them so much.
Red was preceded in death by his:
Wife, Patricia Ann Hart;
Two sons, Billy Eugene Hart, Jr. and Johnny Michael Hart;
Brother-in-law, Kenneth Russell Bartell;
Two sisters, Willa Snyder, Earlene North.
He is survived by his:
Children, Rusty Hart and wife Janna, Teresa Dixon and husband John, Tim Hart and wife Chrissy;
Brother, Oliver Jimmy Hart;
and 2 great-great-grandchildren.