Bg. General William Mark Hart Retired, age 65 of Louisville, passed away on January 26, 2020 at the family home. He dedicated his life to his country serving 43 years in the TN Army National Guard including 2 tours of duty during Operation Iraqi Freedom to Iraq in 2004 & Operation Enduring Freedom to Kuwait in 2011. He is one of few to enter the forces as an enlisted soldier & advance to one of the highest-ranking officers at his retirement in 2017.In his civilian career he helped to improve the health of others starting as an EMT then becoming one of the first Paramedics flying Lifestar when the program was initiated in 1984. Following this he became a Registered Nurse working at RE/ACTS in Oak Ridge, TN where he traveled the world teaching and responding to radiation emergencies for over 15 years. He received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education from the Univ. of TN in 1990, a Master of Science in Occupational Health Education from the Univ. of TN in 1998 and a Masters from the U. S. Army War College in 2012 thus demonstrating a lifetime of learning. He was an avid hunter, fisher and outdoorsman even carrying his pilot’s license for several years. He was loved greatly by his family& friends& will be missed dearly.He was preceded in death by his parents MSGT (Ret) William Robert Hart & Margaret Harrill Hart& his sister Abigail Hart Martin. He is survived by his wife, Rhea Waring Hart, his children, Kendra, Shawn and Courtney Hart, his nephew, Robert Martin, his grandchild, Kyliegh Maples and cousins, Johnny Hart, Peggy Jameson and Vickie Crisp. After a private family viewing Mr. Hart was cremated. Interment is planned in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D. C. The family will also host a Service of Remembrance Summer 2021. Arrangements by Dotson Funeral Home, Wildwood (865-984-5959). Online condolences may be sent to www.dotsonfuneralhome.com.
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