In Loving Memory

Ray D. Hartwell, d, November 1, 2013




In Loving Memory

December 21, 1947 – November 1, 2013

Tybee Island

 Daphne, AL

Ray Douglas Hartwell, 65, a native of Mobile and resident of Daphne, passed away on Friday, November 1, 2013 at his home. 

Ray was a graduate of the University of South Alabama and a charter member of the Gamma Phi Chapter of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.  He was a past member of Buccaneer Yacht Club.  He worked in the beer business for forty years until he retired from Budweiser-Busch Distributing.  He is predeceased by his mother, Marion Ann Hartwell.

Surviving are his wife, Ann Crew Hartwell, Daphne; his father, Ray Brown Hartwell, Fairhope; two sons, Oliver Scott Hartwell (Ann), Daphne and William Alan Ishee, Daphne; two daughters, Karen Ann Parsons (Kip), Birmingham, Bailey Kathleen Hartwell, Fairhope; two brothers, Tommy Kent Hartwell, Daphne and Terry Joel Hartwell, Maryville, TN; three grandchildren, Jack Parsons, Nathaniel Douglas Hartwell and Lucy Claire Hartwell; many other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A Celebration of Ray’s life will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at Christ the King Catholic Church in Daphne.   The family will receive friends beginning at 11:00am.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to:  Pi Kappa Phi Foundation, or on behalf of Middle Bay Lighthouse to the Alabama Lighthouse Association, P.O. Box 25, Mobile, AL, 36601.  Expressions of condolence may be made at  Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home & Crematory, 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL.



  1. Myles & Susan Herring

    Damn it Pug, we’ll miss you.

  2. Ashley Lisenby

    I will miss your contagious laugh and your love for our family! Coming home to Alabama just wont be the same without a visit to see my favorite Uncle. You will be missed…until then This Buds for You!!

  3. Mickey McGill

    You will be truly missed by all of your friends and classmates

  4. Pam Doyle

    Ray was one who truly loved life. I think about him cooking shrimp in his “den”, his laugh, hugs. Will miss him so much at family events.

  5. Dan Hartwell

    You were one-of-a-kind. Thanks for the many positive influences on my life (including the Bellas Hess job)! One could not have asked for a better cousin.
    Don’t let the sun catch you crying!
    Danny (the good-looking cousin)

  6. Pam Reed

    Ray, You were the brother Bill never had. You will be sorely missed.

  7. Aileen & Guy Wilsdorf

    Our sincere condolences – Pug was a lovely man. It was a pleasure to have known him. Lots of good memories of the time we spent in Tarbes and Daphne.


    Ray was one of the greatest people I ever met! Everyone loved him.


    Ray always made everyone feel special. He will be missed.


    Ray was one of the greatest people I ever met. Everyone loved him!

  11. Mike Perry

    Ray your name is synonymous with the Gamma Phi chapter. Your influence and chapter dedication live on to this day.You were a great fraternity brother and friend.

  12. Vern and Dixie

    Our deepest sympathy and condolences to the entire Hartwell family and loved ones.

    Please know that we are with you all in spirit on this day of commemoration and celebration of the life of such a loved and cherished, courageous man..

  13. Kim and Mark Moncrief

    Uncle Ray, you brought a lot of laughter and joy in our family. You will be dearly missed. I enjoyed our last meal together at the cabin, and I am so glad you invited us to come down. That last memory will always be special to me. Love you.

  14. Ann Walker

    Ann and family, John and I send our deepest sympathy to all of you. Ray had such a love of life and was always so glad to see us whenever our paths crossed. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  15. Alan Ishee

    If I asked Ray for a candle so I could find my nose in the darkness, he’d provide an atomic blast to light up my life and everyone around me. He always gave me so much more than I ever thought about asking for. The lessons he gave to Scott, Bailey, Karen and I are true life lessons that have always, and will continue, to help us all everyday. I am blessed to have simply known him, but so lucky that he actually cared enough about me to try to teach me the “Right Way”. Ray, I pray that I make you proud…

  16. Jaime Matus

    My dear Ann:
    Te mando mis mas sentidas concolencias por la muerte de Ray, que buenos momentos pasamos durante la reunion de MMI en abril.,
    Que tengas resignacion y recibe un abrazo de nuestra familia desde Guatemala
    Con mucho cariño

  17. Stephanie

    Uncle Pug,

    I am so sorry to have just learned of your death. You were my favorite Uncle, and I will always fondly remember being the mermaid on the bow of the Soul.

    Much love,

  18. Jeff Crain

    Pug, this caught me by surprise. I didn’t know of your passing until I saw the memorial donations to Pi Kappa Phi in the “Star & Lamp”. My experiences in Pi Kappa Phi were so rewarding and remain with me to this day. I really miss all my brothers in the Gamma Phi chapter. I’ve been so out of touch. I haven’t talked to anyone for 40 years now. You were #1 – the first archon of Gamma Phi chapter.

    Maybe one day, we can all be called home to celebrate your life and look to the future of our chapter!

    Jeff Crain: Gamma Phi #32


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