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Johnny Lynn Hartman

Staff Writer
The Daily Ardmoreite
Johnny Lynn Hartman

Services for Johnny Lynn Hartman of Burneyville, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in the Freeman Auditorium of the Turner Public Schools. Randy McFarland will be officiating, and Pat Paty will be assisting. Interment will follow in the Burneyville Cemetery, Burneyville, under the direction of Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Marietta.

Johnny was born Dec. 29, 1948 in Burneyville to Gaither Brug and Mildred Faye (Hays) Hartman. He passed away on Jan. 18, 2020 at his residence at the age of 71, surrounded by his family.

Johnny was a Love County resident all his life. He was a graduate of Turner School Class of 1967 and he continued his education at Murray State on the Rodeo Team as a bull rider. On May 15, 1968, Johnny was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served during the Vietnam War. He continued his service with the United States National Guard from 1972 to 1982 where he was honorably discharged. For his service, he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Expert M14 Badge. After his service, Johnny rode bulls on the Rodeo Circuit for three years. Johnny married the love of his life Constance Lucille “Connie” George on Sept. 15, 1972 in Gainesville, Texas. She preceded him in death on March 23, 2018. He worked at Michelin Tire Company Finishing Department and owned and operated Johnny Hartman Water Well Service for 33 years. After retirement, he raised cattle on the family homeplace, enjoyed watching the Professional Bull Riders and Gunsmoke reruns. He always dreamed of one day joining the Senior Bull Riders Association and riding again, “just one more time.” Johnny was an avid hunter who loved sharing the great outdoors with his hunting buddy Billy Burge and his grandsons. Johnny was a man of good character whose handshake was a promise. He was a patriotic man, a caretaker, a provider, and a man who was devoted to his family.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was also preceded in death by his daughter, Johnetta Hartman; a granddaughter, Ashley Ann Hartman; and six brothers, G.B. Hartman, Bill Hartman, Utah Hartman, Daril Hartman, Leonard Hartman, and Donald Ray Hartman.

Survivors include his son, Bill Hartman and wife Shannon of Ardmore; two daughters, Sissy Burge and her husband Billy of Marietta, and Teresia Benefield of the home; two sisters, Rose Dawn Miller of Kilgore, Texas, and JoAnn Watterson of Ardmore; sister-in-law, Donna Gothard of Lone Grove; brother-in-law, Bill George and wife Beth of Lone Grove; nine grandchildren, Trevor Burge and wife Conner, Trenton Burge, Robert Hartman-Burge, Heloisa Rodriguez, Christopher Jordan, Victoria Hartman, William Hartman, and Elizabeth Hartman; and five great-grandchildren; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Serving as pallbearers are Bill Hartman, Trevor Burge, Trenton Burge, Billy Burge, Robert Hartman-Burge, Wes Lee and Randy Hicks. Honorary bearers are Wayland Brown, Mitch Widler, Doug Bridgeman, David and Toni Peery, Jo Coyle, Joe Robnett, Bert Tickle, Dr. John Randolph, special caregivers – Theresa Johnson, Jackie Tadlock, his Cross Timbers Hospice Girls and Turner Class of 1967.

Because Johnny was passionate about these two organizations, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Burneyville Cemetery Fund at BancFirst in Marietta or the Danial Heiderich Memorial Scholarship Fund at Turner School, P.O. Box 159 – Burneyville, OK 73430.

Time for visitation for family and friends will be Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online guest book: wattsfuneralhome.com.