James Russell "Buddy" Hartley and Vivian Katherine Huff Family





James Russell and Katherine Huff Hartley

George Leroy and Mary Elizabeth Varner Hartley Family
Back: Samuel Richard, George Benjamin, Edward Lee, Alma Lee, Leila Mae
Front: George H. , George Leroy and Mary Elizabeth
Photo about 1902


James Russell "Buddy" & Vivian Katherine Hartley

James Russell "Buddy" Hartley was born March 24, 1908, to George Leroy and Mary Elizabeth Varner Hartley in Flora, MS. His siblings included, Alma Lee (Matthews), George Benjamin, Edward Lee, Leila Mae (Conrad), Samuel Richard, Margie Louise (Oakes), Marvin Ashley and Rudolf (still born). He married Vivian Katherine Huff in 1929. James was 21 and Katherine was 20. Katherine was born on July 29, 1909. They had a daughter, Vivian.

James was a welder and saw filer. During WWII he worked in the shipyard in Pascagoula, MS. After the war he worked for various sawmills. He skill at filing large ripsaw and replacing damaged saw teeth, made him a sought after employee. This led to him changing jobs quite frequently. Katherine accepted this vagabond life with good humor. Their nephews and nieces loved to have them around. Buddy was always joking and Katherine loved to laugh. Their daughter Vivian was a beauty. Mel Oakes remembers a visit by her. She was married then and her husban , Jim Brasher, was away in the service. There was a basketball game at Redwood and we invited her to come along. Before she arrived she ask us, just for fun, not to reveal that she was married. We got to the game and were seated in the stands. Every time we would leave to go to the concession stand or the toilet, high school boys would be waiting for us with questions about the beautiful girl who was with us. Vivian got quite a laugh out of it.

Vivian went back to school and became a nurse. She and James had two sons, James Jr. and Raymond.

James. like many of the Hartley boys had a drinking problem. However after a particularly bad bender, he swore off alcohol, became an Adventist and so far as I know, never drank again. Truly a blessing for Aunt Katherine. James died in 1964 at the age of 56. Katherine died in 1988 at the age of 78. Their daughter Vivian Hartley Brasher tradgically died of cancer in 1982 at the age of 52.



James Russell & Katherine Hartley Gallery

Back: Mary Elizabeth Varner Hartley, Margie Louise (Oakes), James Russell "Buddy", and Marvin Ashley "Cootze"
Front: Aileen (King), George Leroy Hartley,. Parents and siblings of Aileen Hartley.
Picture taken in Clinton, MS, about 1916 .

Samuel Richard 9 (1896), George Benjamin 10 (1995), Edward Lee 7 (1898), George L. 41 (1863), Unknown girl 6 (1899), Unknown child 1 1/2 (1903), Mary Elizabeth “Betty” 28 (1876), maybe Mary Caroline Hartley Talley in back,
ca 1905. The two children in white dresses are a mystery. Their ages appear to match being young siblings of the boys, however the other children in the family does not match their ages. Maybe they are neices and nephews. Ages don't match grandchildren. Mary Caroline never had children.

Robert Benjamin Varner, maternal grandfather of James Hartley
George L.Hartley, father of James Hartley
Mary Elizabeth Varner Hartley, mother of James Hartley
George L.Hartley, father of James Hartley
Katherine and James Hartley
Margie and James Russell Hartley, sister and brother. ca 1909.
James Hartley and sister Aileen & J. C. King
Margie Hartley Oakes, James Russell Hartley and Aileen Hartley King, siblings.
Katherine Huff Hartley
Katherine Huff Hartley
Vivian Hartley
Aileen Hartley King (1914-84) sister of James Russel Hartley
Vivian Hartley Brasher. Vivian attended Northwest Junior College in Senatobia, MS. She took a 10 week course in anotomy and physiology. She then spent 18 months earning her RN degree and license. She made excellent grades.
Vivian Hartley Brasher
Vivian Hartley Brasher
Vivian Hartley Brasher, Mel Oakes and Katherine Huff Hartley
Back: Mel Oakes & Vivian Hartley Brasher
Fr: Beth, James B., Mardie, Sarah and Katherine Hartley
Water Valley, MS
Vivian Hartley, location unknown

Katherine Huff Harley, Vivian Hartley Brasher, Unknown, Pat Oakes, Unknown. In front Beth and Sarah Oakes


Katherine Huff Hartley, Mel Oakes, Vivian Hartley Brasher and Beth Oakes


Mel Oakes, Katherine HuffHartley, Vivian Hartley Brasher and Sarah and Beth Oakes

James and Vivian Hartley Brasher Grandson, Clint Brasher and his family.
Emma, Madison Wendy, Clint, Derek Adam Brasher
Front: Zachary

Aileen Hartley King
James C. and Vivian Hartley Brasher with sons James C. Jr and younger Raymond.
Vivian and James C. Jr.
Helen (Pete) King, daughter of JC and Aileen Hartley King, .
Aileen Hartley & Helen King, Aileen was sister of James Hartley
Mt. Olympus, Flora, MS, maybe school outing,
Leila Mae Hartley (1894-1953), photo from Mary Agnes Conrad
Sister of James Hartley .
Leila Mae Hartley, about 1914
(1894-1953) (Restored by Mel Oakes)
Leila Mae Hartley (1894-1953), sister of James Hartley
Leila Mae & Agnes Conrad at All Saints College, Vicksburg, MS, Leila however looks too young for this to be Agnes, maybe Leila
Rufus and Leila Mae Hartley Conrad, sister of James Hartley
Rufus and Leila Mae Hartley Conrad
From Left: Ninnie, Rufus, Ada & Heber Conrad, (Brothers & Sisters)
Rufus Conrad, Ninnie Conrad Hartley, Heber Conrad, Ada Conrad Graham, (Brothers and Sisters), Ninnie was married to James's brother Edward Lee Hartley.
Emily Ophelia Conrad-(Little-Grannie)-(1863-?). Rufus Conrad's mother. Namesake for Ninnie Ophelia Conrad Hartley.
Back:Mary Graham Hawkins & Ada Graham
Frt: Laura Hawkins & Emily Ophelia Jackson Conrad

Ninnie and Edward Lee Hartley, brother of James Hartley.

Jones Conrad, Edward Lee Hartley(1898-1948)
& John Stegall, Edward was brother to James Russell Hartley

Ninnie & Edward. Lee Hartley
Ninnie Conrad Hartley & Ada Conrad Graham, sisters
2008 Conrad-Hartley Reunion
Alma Lee Hartley, (1892-1954). married Grady Matthews. Older sister of James Hartly.
Alma Lee Hartley, Jean Matthews, her daughter said she made this graduation dress. ca 1910
Henry Grady Matthews, brother-in-law to James Hartley
Henry Grady Matthews & and brother Charles G.
Henry Grady Matthews & Hill Store, Flora, MS
Henry was the store manager. ca 1920s
Mary Elizabeth Hartley & Aileen Hartley at Green Hall, All Saints College, Vicksburg. Mother and daughter..
Henry & Jean Matthews, Flora 1932
House in background is their overseer home on plantation
Oakes Auto Parts 1931, Chris Oakes, Marvin Hartley, Willaim Reed, James Hartley, (Dr), James C. Deason, Fred Oakes. Marvin is James' brother. They all worked for James' brother-in-law, Fred Oakes, husband of his sister, Margie Louise.
Bennie Hartley & Leona Bowman. Bennie was brother of James Hartley.
Margie (3), James (2) Hartley. Sister and brother of James Hartley.
Margie (3) & James (2) Hartley, sister and brother of AileenHartley, gift from Frances Cronin, granddaughter of Ora Lee Hartley Hill who was a sister of George L. Hartley.
Alma Lee Hartley Matthews (1892-1954), sister of James Hartley.

Margie Louise Hartley, age 21, All Saints College, Vicksburg, 1927
Sister of James Hartley

Alma Lee Hartley Matthews and son William (Tete) Matthews
Sister of James Hartley

George Benjamin Hartley, brother of James Hartley
George Benjamin Hartley
Petrified Forest, Flora, MS. G. L. Hartley family lived in sight of the forest.
Marvin Ashley Hartley, brother of James Hartley
Catherine Elizabeth Jones (1917-86), 2nd wife of Marvin Hartley
Downtown Flora, Mississippi, three years after Margie Louise Hartley Oakes was born.
Mary Elizabeth Varner Hartley Death Certificate. She was living with son, James Russell Hartley.