OBITUARY

Bob Bill Hart

June 12, 1954March 13, 2018

Augusta, GA – Mr. Robert “Bob Bill” Hart, 63, entered into Eternal Life at home surrounded by family on Tuesday, March 13th, 2018. A native of Augusta, GA, Bob Bill was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and he felt at home on the lake camping and having fish fries. He adored spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Vicky B. Hart; children, Jonathan Seago, Jeremy Seago (Crystal), and Cassie Jewell; grandchildren, Jason Seago, Jaxson Seago, Jyllian Seago, Stacy Seago, and Andrew Seago; brother, Alfred (Buddy) Hart, Jr.; sister, Virginia Mae Thompson; two nieces; two nephews; a host of extended family; and numerous lifelong friends that he considered his family. He is preceded in death by his parents, Alfred “Yogi” and Esther Mae Hart; and his granddaughter, Beth Elaine Seago. Pallbearers will be Jeremy Seago, Jonathan Seago, Lonnie Hart, Walter Deas, Buddy Woehler, David O’Mahoney, Chris Myers, Mike Richards. The family will receive friends from 5-7pm on Thursday, March 15th, 2018, at Elliott Sons Funeral Home, 2524 Lumpkin Road, Augusta, GA 30906. Funeral services will be held at 2pm on Friday, March 16th, 2018, at the Lumpkin Road Chapel of Elliott Sons Funeral Home, 2524 Lumpkin Road, Augusta, GA 30906. Burial will immediately follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park, 2700 Deans Bridge Road, Augusta, GA 30906.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, March 15, 2018
  • Funeral Services Friday, March 16, 2018
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Karen (Andersen) Warfel

March 16, 2018

Uncle Alfred and Aunt Esther used to bring the kids to visit us on the farm (1950's is the first I remember). They always had a fish fry and the thing I remember most was the hush puppies. I remember Bob Bill as the silly one, he had two cousins-John and Jimmy who were all about the same age and we all had to watch out for them so they didn't get in trouble on the farm. I was amazed by that southern drawl and we Andersen kids tried to imitate it long after the Hart's left. Sorry we live so far apart, would have loved to be there for more support as you all went through this time. Blessings to all the family.

connie hall

March 16, 2018

There are so many good memories, but i guess the one that stands out most he came into masters lanes smiling from ear to ear. He said i have found the woman i want she fishes, hunts, cooks good, and is as pretty as a baby doe. People looked at him strange cause never heard a man talk like that. well i said thank God does she bowl he said naw but she sure can take care of me. That is the happiest memory i remember, so to you vicky hart my friend thank you for being his world. he was my best guy friend and i will truly miss him but i do know where he is and God gave him the greatest gift which was you.

William E. (Bill) Patterson

March 15, 2018

Vicky, Buddy, Virginia and family: Sorry to hear of Bob Bill's passing. So many remember him well from our bowling years at Masters Lanes in the '60s. Peace Be With You all at this time. Contact me and we'll discuss the times and the book I've written "Vietnam Convoy Trucker", the true story of what I did, saw and felt during the war. My thoughts are with your family today. Billy Patterson

Tammy & son Richie Baker

March 15, 2018

I am enjoying reading all of your memories. He was my Uncle...known him since I was very young at 2. His brother, Buddy, became my father & he made us feel like we were his own..along with Aunt Gin & grandparents who loved their youngest, Bob Bill dearly. When I think back I remember how he would make my siblings & I laugh at the Masters Lanes bowling alley in the 7O's. Also, years ago at the lake, then holiday gatherings. The fun times. The enjoyment of 70's music, food, & friends. He gave me a small jewelry box years ago, I still have it along with memories of how that tall man would let 4 little kids make him carry us with his feet & legs as he tried to walk ha! :) at the bowling alley. When Uncle Bob Bill was around, you knew he cared about you. I'm so glad he was my family. He never said a bad word about anyone. Aunt Vicky was so good to him, & made a beautiful home for them too. His light will always shine...I will meet him again as well..but until then, thank you Uncle Bob Bill. You are alive in our hearts too.

Tommy Lamb

March 15, 2018

Vicky and family, when we came to see you recently, I could tell Bob Bill only had a few more weeks with us here on this earth. When I saw the love pour out of you towards him, I was at peace, because I understood he was in the right hands. You gave him all anyone on this earth could ask for. I know when Bob Bill got to heaven he thanked Jesus for sending him you.

Jackie Hart

March 15, 2018

To the family and friends of BobBill, I'm sorry for your loss. I am sorry he had to go through such a terrible experience and pain. Having been a part of the Hart family in BobBill's earlier years I have many memories of growing up with him. We pretty much grew up at Masters Bowling lanes. BobBill, his dad Yogi, Esther, and Buddy were well known there.
We bowled together early on, even winning 14th place in a national tournament. Yogi, Esther, and BobBill worked there, Buddy was a champion 250 bowler. BobBill did pretty good too. Back in those days I guess you could say we were childhood sweethearts. Then parted but later married. Yes BobBill was the ultimate outdoorsman. He love to fish, like his dad and hunt. We even got married at the lake, spent a week camping there. BobBill could tell you where all the treetops or coves were that the fish were at. He loved deer hunting being with a bow & arrows or gun, he'd sit in his stand in the freezing weather waiting on that" Buck "to come through.
Years back he'd take Kaiser his German shepherd to the hunting club to check out deer trails. He loved that dog, he's even buried at his folks place, because Kaiser loved the lake. He brought home a dog someone had abandoned there, Baby girl, a border collie. She turn into a good loyal dog. We had many memories of holidays at his folks place at the lake. Early morning fishing trips after sleeping on the porch, Esther making creamed eggs over toast, Yogi & BobBill favorite breakfast. Good old days! Trips to visit Buddy W. in Atlanta & Stone Mountain. Wonder if our carving still there? So many good memories with BobBill.
With time people change and circumstances change. We went separate ways. It's good to know he had many years of happiness with his family and friends. You're not hurting anymore and may you rest in peace. You may be gone but you'll be forever in my heart.

Ray McNeely

March 14, 2018

Sending love your way Vicky, family and friends. What a gift it was to have him as an Uncle - he and his family shaped me into the man I am today - and "not too shabby" he once said to me : ) The celebration of life is perfect and I want to be there but cannot. Thinking back over the years of hunting...on our first hunt together he said to me "...don't shoot the cows..." lol.
Bob Bill and I were hunting together in Leah on November 4, 1979. Mid-morning he had pulled me from my stand and we walked back to his blue Ford truck. We hopped in the cab and he turned over the key and turned on the radio which was set to WBBQ. He broke out our lunch and we talked, laughed and just soaked it up when WBBQ starting with "Bulletin - Bulletin - Bulletin" and we zeroed in on it - it was announced that the US Embassy in Tehran was overrun and hostages were taken. We listened - didn't really give it a second thought and bounced out to walk and hunt squirrels while walking back to our stands. I remember that clearly. I've never forgotten. But there are thousands of memories that we all have with Bob Bill and for that I am personally grateful to have known and loved him. We will meet again brother.

Sharon Heare

March 14, 2018

vicki, buddy and ginny I am so sorry fo see that bob bill lost his battle. I wish we were closer to you but my prayers will not stop

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

      To Bob Bill Hart, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, he was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around him, he seemed to be eternally happy, and he willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life he touched. For Bob, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, he could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Bob really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.

      Bob was born on June 12, 1954 at Eisenhower Army Hospital Ft Gordon in Augusta, Georgia. His parents were Alfred "Yogi" and Esther Hart. Bob was raised in Augusta, Georgia. Even as a child, Bob had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around him. He was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. He couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. He was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, he succeeded in entertaining his entire family.

      Always a good playmate, Bob was easygoing and fun loving. He managed to lighten the mood wherever he was, even during family squabbles. He seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Bob managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Bob was raised with two siblings. He had one older brother, Buddy and one older sister, Virginia.

      All of Bob's playful good humor carried over into his childhood. He was possessed with an outgoing personality, a lively imagination and a mellowed enthusiasm for life that allowed him to be constantly on the go. As a result, Bob experienced a rather active childhood, and this suited him very well. He took part inbowling, fishing and camping. He was a member fo the bowling team "250". Bob's memorable achievements included.

      Ask anyone who knew him from school and they would tell you that Bob was a class “cut-up.” He didn’t do it to be unkind or to garner all the attention. Rather, Bob simply enjoyed others’ laughter and the sounds of his friends and acquaintances having a good time. It could be said that for Bob, grades may not have been the most important thing to him, but he really did enjoy his school experience. Since experience was Bob's best teacher. He enjoyed hands-on learning and applying the “practical” approach to knowledge, rather than getting caught up in “theory.” Bob graduated from Glenn Hills High School in 1973. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was Math. The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was Penny Pennington.

      Bob never actually encountered a stranger in his dealings with people. He was drawn to individuals and crowds, using his gregarious, adaptable and outgoing personality to captivate his audience. This quality allowed Bob to continually develop new relationships, ever widening his circle of friends. Bob delighted in his role among all his acquaintances, because he viewed them all as potential spectators for his performance. Whether it was a story, a joke, a song or just plain fooling around, Bob was always right at home putting on a show among his friends. Bob utilized his interest in others as a great way to connect with them. While growing up, some of his best friends were Walter Deas, Mike Richards, Tommy Lamb, Buddy Wholer, Wade Allgood, Marty Hofmeyer, Dwight Thigpen, Renee Burkholder, Rhonda Burkholder, Rocky McKee, Kay & Ted Poss, Connie & Harvey Hall, David O'Mohoney, Dennis O'Brian, Frank Blackledge and Geno & Bonnie Hong. Later in life, he became friends with Walter Deas, Mike Richards, Tommy Lamb, Buddy Wholer, Wade Allgood, Marty Hofmeyer, Dwight Thigpen, Renee Burkholder, Rhonda Burkholder, Rocky McKee, Kay & Ted Poss, Connie & Harvey Hall, David O'Mohoney, Dennis O'Brian, Frank Blackledge, Geno & Bonnie Hong, Brian Gilbert, Chris Myers, Felecia Gibson, Charlie Gross, Tony Lord, Tony Jefferies and a host of many more. Bob loved sharing life and having his home filled with people he knew.

      The gift of being emotionally expressive and outwardly affectionate made Bob very easy to approach. On September 4, 1993 Bob exchanged wedding vows with Vicky Bailey Seago at Home of Leonard & Virginia Bailey (Vicky's Parents) of Hephzibah, Georgia. He tried hard not to impose on his spouse. He was always sensitive to other people’s feelings, and that was especially true in marriage.

      Perhaps the reason Bob related so well to children was the fact that he never really completely grew up himself. The ability to be just a “kid at heart” helped him in raising his own children. Bob was blessed with two children, Jonathan and Jeremy. They were also blessed with five grandchlldren, Stacy, Andrew, Jason, Jaxson and Jyllian. Bob had the ability to focus his attention on the present moment. If he was spending time with the kids, that’s where all of his attention was directed. Bob's compassionate side prevented him from being a strict disciplinarian, and he could turn just about any situation into a playful, learning experience. He could spend hours entertaining them with fun and creative play. In fact, Bob had a knack for turning some of those nasty old chores into games.

      At work, as in life, Bob was a real “people person.” He had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others, and his enthusiasm and energy was often contagious. Bob liked to see himself as something of a virtuoso. When dealing with various projects and problems, Bob was an adaptable realist, using his common sense and trusting his experiences and impulses to uncover the correct answer. Bob's talent for being a down to earth thinker, allowed many around him to see Bob as an excellent problem solver. His primary occupation was pressman. He was employed for 26 years by World Color.

      Bob enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. An “arts and crafts” type, Bob liked creating and making things. His favorite pursuits were fishing, hunting and playing poker. Bob was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Bob felt excited and challenged by sports. Even if he wasn’t the best, Bob loved to participate and thoroughly enjoyed the competition and the pleasure of being around other people. Bob relished the opportunities where he could make an impact, and he would often push himself to play above his abilities. A quick thinker who understood the basics, Bob never seemed to get caught off guard, even when confronted with unexpected conflict. Recreational sports included bowling, fishing and hunting. Bob was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were fishing and hunting shows.

      Living life in the fast lane suited Bob just fine. It is no surprise that he loved to travel and to visit new and different places. He was naturally curious about other parts of the world and loved the real life adventure that came from visiting them. He was impulsive and willing to try anything once. Favorite vacations included Pigeon Forge, Chattooga River Resort and Clark Hill Lake.

      Bob was a lover of animals and cherished his pets, enjoying them almost as much as he enjoyed being around other people. One of Bob's favorites was Kiser, a german shepherd. His family was rounded out by his dogs Buck, Rebel, Ace and Bell.

      Bob believed that you had to experience life, and his life in retirement was no different. When that day finally arrived in January 1, 2013, Bob took it in stride as one more way to have fun. His new life involved relocating to Augusta, Georgia. With his boundless energy and a desire to get the most out of life, Bob remained busy with people and projects. In retirement, he found new pleasure in fishing, hunting,and spending time with his grandkids. Even in retirement, Bob continued to stay in touch with his old friends and, since he'd never met a stranger, he made plenty of new acquaintances as well.

      Bob passed away on March 13, 2018 at at home. Bobbill fought hard against cancer. He died peacefully with his family. He is survived by children, Johathan Seago, Jeremy Seago (Crystal), his grandchildren Jason, Jaxson, Stacy, Jyllian, Andrew, Sister - Virginia and Brother - Buddy. Services were held at Elliott Sons funeral home. Bob was laid to rest in Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery.

      Bob brought joy to all of those around him. He never had a mean bone in his body. He loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. He loved to share his energy, wit, and his zest for all of his activities with his friends and family. Bob Bill Hart lived life to its fullest and made everyone around him happier just for knowing him. He will be remembered with a smile.