William F. Bartee
William F. Bartee
  • October 13, 1941 - July 15, 2017
  • Brookhaven, Georgia

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William (Bill) Fletcher Bartee, Jr. (age 75) died on July 15, 2017 after a year-long illness. Although he was born in Brunswick, Georgia on October 13, 1941, Bill lived most of his life in Atlanta. While at Northside High School (Class of 1959), he earned the rank of Eagle Scout, ran track, served in the ROTC, and graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate. He received a B.A. in English from Presbyterian College (Class of 1963) in Clinton, South Carolina, where he was Number I at Kappa Alpha Order, Beta Pi chapter, as well as an ROTC Company Commander and Distinguished Military Graduate. He attended Emory University Law School (Class of 1966) where he earned his Juris Doctor degree.

He received a military commission in the Regular Army upon graduation from college, serving in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps at Fort McPherson, Fort Gillem, and the Fifth Corps in Frankfurt, West Germany where he received a Meritorious Service Medal. He continued to serve in the Army Reserves, resigning his commission as a Major in 1971.

Bill served as Head of the Criminal Division during his employment with the State of Georgia Attorney General’s Office (1971-1974) before working as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia (1974-1980). He left government service to enter corporate law and served as corporate counsel for Rollins Inc. (1980 – 1993) and later at Crawford & Company (1994-2003) where he was also named Assistant Vice President.

He was a member of the Georgia and American Bar Associations in addition to the American Corporate Counsel Association. Bill was also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Bill was a storyteller, loved a good joke and Robert B. Parker and Craig Johnson novels, and though an avowed curmudgeon, was full of nostalgia for good friends and family. He could sing the lyrics to any song released between 1940 and 1970. He was a good father, husband, and friend, and a generous man.

He is predeceased by his parents, William Fletcher Bartee and Eleanor Greer Bartee, and his sister, Clare Bartee Riley.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-one years, Patricia (Pat) Crow Bartee, daughters Anne Denman Bartee and Margaret Perry Bartee Szuch (Darren), nephews Will Riley (Abby) and Michael Riley (Kathleen), and granddog Artemis Bartee.

A celebration of Bill’s life will be held on Saturday, July 22 at 11:00 o’clock a.m. at Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church, 471 Mount Vernon Highway NE, in Sandy Springs. In lieu of flowers, please send “in memoriam” gifts to the Sumner Allen King Scholarship Fund or The Prater Book Fund at Presbyterian College, 503 S. Broad Street, Clinton, South Carolina 29325.