Reverend Carl Hart

August 31, 1928September 23, 2018

August 31, 1928- September 23, 2018 Alfred Carl Hart was born on August 31, 1928 in a farm house near Collierville, Tennessee. He was one of five children born to Elton Cecil and Jewel Hill Hart. Carl graduated from Collierville High School and served in the U.S. Navy. After his honorable discharge, he worked as a bookkeeper at the Chevrolet Dealership in his hometown before answering the call to the ministry on June 14, 1950. Carl attended Union University and Bethel College and received his Master of Divinity Degree from the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He subsequently received two honorary doctorate degrees from Union University and Emanuel Bible College. Carl served churches during his college days and in 1962 was appointed the first staff chaplain at the Shelby County Penal Farm in Memphis, Tennessee. Three years later he went to Brushy Mountain State Prison to serve as its first staff chaplain. Three years later he was appointed by the Governor of Tennessee to serve as the first Director of Chaplaincy for the Tennessee Department of Corrections. In February 1970, he was appointed Associate Director of Correctional/Institutional Chaplaincy for the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. In 1977 he was named Director of the Division of Chaplaincy which included all Chaplaincy Ministries at home and abroad. After retiring in December of 1985, he was endorsed to serve as Director of Chaplaincy for Allied Systems, Inc. After serving ten years he retired again and served three years as Interim Director of Chaplaincy Ministries for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. He served as interim pastor for forty-two churches in Georgia and Tennessee. Carl was a past president of the American Corrections Chaplains Association, the American Protestant Correctional Association, and the Institute of National Business and Industrial Chaplain Association. Carl received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Conference on Ministry to the Armed Forces and another from the Veterans Administration Chaplaincy. Carl is pre-deceased by grandson, Sean Michael Hart. He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Janie Davis Hart; sons David Carl (Vicki) and Paul Alfred (Alyson), five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Carl was a member of Smoke Rise Baptist Church, Stone Mountain, Georgia.


  • Janie Hart, Wife
  • David (Vickie) Carl Hart, Son
  • Paul (Alyson) Alfred Hart, Son
  • Frank (Mary) Hart, Brother
  • Has 5, Grandchild

  • Cornelia de Lange Foundation
  • American Heart Association
  • Smoke Rise Baptist Church


  • Visitation

    Sunday, September 30, 2018

  • Funeral

    Sunday, September 30, 2018

  • Burial

    Sunday, September 30, 2018


Reverend Carl Hart

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Jefferson Ross

September 29, 2018

I have so many memories but the one that will stay with me forever is my last visit with Brother Carl.

He was in hospice and only a few days away from passing over. We held hands. He told jokes. I laughed.

Then, with tears in his eyes, he said, “Thank you for being my friend “.

I was floored. Here is this hero, this warrior of Christian love, this radiant paragon of good will and character thanking me for my connection with him. I still get choked up thinking about it.

But there were lighter times.

Some people just resonate love and acceptance. This probably comes from a life filled with prayer and trials of faith. Carl Hart shone with love. His eyes reflected goodness. His words were always kind and thoughtful. His presence made you feel happier than you were before you saw him.

At 56 years old, I proclaim, when I grow up I want to be like Brother Carl.

Jim Freeman

September 29, 2018

Carl was one of the nicest men I have ever met in my life. As a neighbor across the street in Tucker, he was always a pleasure to meet and talk to. His sense-of-humor added to the my memory of him. Also, as a neighbor up on Lake Hartwell, I will always remember fishing with him. Once we got caught in a scary lightning storm fishing on Lake Hartwell and my memory at that time was that I was safe with a man so close to god. One day I hope to be in the place where he is now.

Steve Moore

September 28, 2018

So deeply saddened to learn of your loss. Dr. Hart has held a very dear & special place in our hearts since we first got to know him as our interim pastor in the late 80's at First Baptist Church, Carrollton, GA. We loved his sweet smile and that ever present twinkle in his eyes - most especially when he was referring to Janie! We have great memories to cherish of his friendship, sermons and best of all, his officiating our wedding 27 years ago.

With heartfelt sympathy,
Steve & Sheila Moore

Kelly Rogers

September 27, 2018

Carl Hart married me and my husband, Randy, 31 years ago. He meant the world to us and will be missed by so many. He always lit up every room he entered and made everyone smile. Heaven has gained such a sweet man. Praying for peach for his family during this difficult time.

Winston Skinner

September 27, 2018

Carl was a wonderful pastor and friend. I will never forget him. He was the interim pastor at Luthersville Baptist when I was in high school, and he and Janie and Paul came back to Luthersville for the wedding when Lynn and I got married. I also remember him finding a side job for me writing copy for a chaplaincy brochure while I was a young married in college. The extra money made life a little easier for us. Our prayers are with all the Hart family. Lynn, Mom and I send our love to you all.

Winston Skinner

Dena Cave

September 26, 2018

What a great loss. Chaplain Hart was a shining, smiling light at Allied for many years. He was loved and respected by anyone who crossed his path. He will be missed.

Mary Ann Leatherwood Brasher

September 26, 2018

Chaplain Hart was an amazing man. I will never forget how much he was there for me when my daughter Rebecca was born. She was 8 weeks early and he and Marcie were there at DeKalb Medical Center to see Rebecca more times than some of my own family. He was funny, he was smart, and most of all one of the most Godly men I’ve ever known. There truly is a special place for him in heaven!
Prayers to all of his family,
Mary Ann (Leatherwood) Brasher

Edwin Bennett

September 26, 2018

When my Grandmother Anna Richardson died, he came to the service at First Baptist. After my father died, he came to Park Springs where my mother lives and offered grief counseling to her and caregiver support to me. Thank you Carl for being there for me at Allied and Park Springs!

Ed and Connie Lewis

September 25, 2018

Janie, we love you and will always remember you and Carl inviting us to your Christmas program at SmokeRise. And we had a ball meeting your family and especially your precious grandchildren at the pool. We pray for you and the family to keep remembering the awesome times you shared with Carl. We love you all.
Ed and Connie