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Shirley Ann Robinson Hartman

June 24, 1934 - June 15, 2022

Shirley Robinson Hartman, 87, of Forest, VA. was united with our Lord on June 15, 2022. Born on June 24, 1934. Shirley was the loving wife of deceased Bobby “Bob” Gene Hartman for 49 years. Shirley and Bob purchased New London Steakhouse in 1969. With lots of love and hard work, made a very successful establishment even to this day. Shirley was the daughter of Herbert “Pete” Hall Robinson and Grace Robinson Smith of Richmond, VA. Shirley and Bob married in 1953.

She is survived by a son, Donald “Keith” Hartman (Sandi) of Forest and Jackie Hartman, daughter in law of Lynchburg, two sisters, Sandy Sauer and Pam Pollard (Steve) of Mechanicsville, VA.

Everything Shirley did was done with grace, taste and elegance. She was a lady of utmost class. Shirley kept very active all her life, playing tennis, bridge, shopping with friends, walking everyday rain or shine, traveling and dancing. She was a member of SOL and loved to shag dance.

Shirley is survived by 4 grandchildren, Amy Hartman Bryant (Steve), Dustin Keith Hartman, Kassie Hartman Bond, and Robert Corey Hartman. She has 14 great grandchildren, and she was a member of Timberlake United Methodist Church.

Shirley is preceded in death by husband Bobby Gene Hartman, grandson Bobby Lee Hartman, and son Robert “Wayne” Hartman.

Shirley wants to send special thanks to Diane Johnston, Cathy Montgomery and Marilyn Holt. And a very special thanks to Brittany Locke of Centra Hospice.

A visitation will be held at Timberlake United Methodist Church on Monday, June 27, 2022, from 6 to 8 p.m. A celebration of life service will be held at Timberlake United Methodist Church on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at 2 p.m. A reception will follow in Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers or other gifts, it is suggested memorial contributions may be made to Timberlake United Methodist Church, 21649 Timberlake Rd. Lynchburg, VA 24502 OR Alan B. Peason Cancer Center, 1701 Thomson Drive Lynchburg, VA. 24501.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

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Shirley was a beautiful lady with a smile on her face All the time , she made you feel so welcome when you walk into the New London steakhouse. She always spoke to us an would talk to us about our son Taylor Rodriguez the Elvis Tribute Artist. She would come to his concerts any time she could . Heaven gain an angel she will truly be missed , prayers for the family .

Posted by Donna Rodriguez on December 13, 2022

Shirley Hartman was an amazing lady… She was a pure southern lady with lots of grace except when she was on the tennis court. I played tennis with her and she made lots of good points. I also remember Shirley at NEW LONDON restaurant where she was always gracious and had a smile on her face and knew everyone's name! She will be missed so very much! I know she's with God in heaven she has to be she was too perfect to be any place else. Much love to her family… Judy Smith. My husband Steven Smith and I wentTo new London steak HouseMany many times, and he just passed away the day after Thanksgiving this year. Love to everyone that no Shirley because she loved everyone!… Judy Smith

Posted by Judy Smith on June 23, 2022

Dear Family, Hard to believe someone so much larger than life is gone to a place where she will know no pain or sorrow. I know she and Bob will be dancing like they have so many times before. She will once again see Wayne and mother him again in heaven as she did while he was alive. What a joy that will be! Tears flow as I write to you remembering all the many times we shared, dancing, playing bridge, traveling to Hilton Head and the "Rivah"!! Brings many smiles as I look at some of our pictures and treasure all of those times. May each of you have the peace that passeth all understanding and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. She was loved by so many!! Much Love and our Deepest Sympathy, Doris and Jerry Brammer

Posted by Doris Brammer on June 22, 2022

I am so sorry for your loss of your mother, grandmother and friends. Shirley will surely be missed by many people. She was a spunky little woman, full of life. Now she gets to joyfully continue the rest of eternity with Jesus, the love of her life, her son, her grandson and other friends and family! Sending my love and hugs to you all.

Posted by Cindy Spear on June 19, 2022

We are saddened by the loss of Shirley. What a lovely, spunky, beautifully dressed lady! Our condolences to all of her family and friends. She will be missed by so many.

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Posted by Austin Scott on June 17, 2022

We are so sorry for the loss of this great lady!! Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends! She will be greatly missed!

Posted by Billy &Linda on June 17, 2022

Shirley will be missed by her bridge friends, fellow dancers, and everyone who enjoyed a good meal wit her. RIP my dear friend!

Posted by Bob Barlow on June 17, 2022

We will truly miss seeing Shirley and hear her funny stories! She never sat still and did not let any grass grow under those dancing feet! Go dance ❤️

Posted by Anonymous on June 17, 2022

What a wonderful Southern lady with all the charm. The shag world will miss her.

Posted by Pam and Dennis cowart on June 16, 2022

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