JOPLIN, Mo. —
Ray M. Hartline Sr., age 81, of Joplin, Mo., went to be with his Lord & Savior on April 3, 2013. He was at home, surrounded by his family.
Ray was born on Oct. 20, 1931, in Dallas County, Texas, the son of Leonard and Edna (Tracy) Hartline. Ray surrendered himself to the ministry at the age of 17, he graduated from Decatur Baptist College (Dallas Baptist College) as High Honor Man, the University of Corpus Christi in 1954, cum laude, the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, in 1964, with a Master of Divinity. He attended Ozark Bible College, Joplin, to learn Greek. He also attended Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, Mo. He moved to Joplin in 1969, from Breckenridge, Texas. Ray was the pastor of Harmony Heights Baptist Church until he founded College View Baptist Church in 1975, serving as pastor until 1995. He ministered at other churches around the area until 2005, then returned as pastor of College View Baptist Church in 2009.
He married Sandra Quigley on Oct. 21, 1991, in Springfield, Mo. She survives.
Additional survivors include two sons, Ray Hartline Jr. and his wife, Ann, of Plano, Texas, and Rick Hartline and his wife, Brenda, of Garland, Texas; two daughters, Gail Montez, of Joplin, and Denise England and her husband, John, of Joplin; three brothers, Bruce Hartline and his wife, Terri, of Plano, Tracy Hartline and his wife, Georgia, of Chandler, Texas, and Harold Hartline and his wife, Betty, of Houston, Texas; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Ray was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Clyde and Melvin Hartline; and his twin sister, Melley Smith.
Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, April 8, at the First Baptist Church in Webb City, Mo. Rev. T.O. Spicer will officiate. Burial will follow in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, April 7, from 2 to 3 p.m.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.
Online condolences may be made at www.masonwoodard.com