Andrew Jackson (A.J.) Bartley, 97, of Wake Co., N.C., died November 6, 2012. A.J. was born in Hams Prairie, Callaway Co., Missouri, the son of Richard and Nevada Bartley. Growing up on a farm, he attended a one-room school for the first eight grades. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1939 where he met Thelma Brock, and they were married in 1942. A.J. served as an officer in the Army during WW II with a final deployment in India. A.J. remained in the Army Reserves for many years before retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. After the war, he returned to the University of Missouri completing an M.A. degree in 1948. In 1948, A.J. and Thelma moved to Raleigh, NC, where he joined the faculty of the Economics Department at NC State University and taught there until retiring in 1975. A.J. and Thelma, a 4th grade teacher, also operated a small farm in the Swift Creek Community where they attended Swift Creek Baptist Church. Health problems eventually required that both A.J. and Thelma relocate to Heartfields at Cary where they received loving care for many years. The farm that they loved has been reserved as a new park for the Town of Cary.
A.J. is survived by his son, Dr. Jon Bartley and his wife Kathryn; granddaughter, Laura Traud and husband Jason; grandson, Brandon Bartley and wife, April; and two great grandsons, Ryan and Alexander Bartley, all of Wake Co., N.C.
Private services will be held. Memorials may be made payable to NCSU for the Andrew & Thelma Bartley Library Endowment, NCSU Libraries, Development Office, Campus Box 7111, Raleigh, NC 27695.
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