The Mississippi Gulf Coast lost one of its finest leaders this past week. The Reverend Harry Tartt passed away just a few months short of his 100th birthday.
Reverend Tartt was an extraordinary man.
Until his recent illness, you could find him at the Gulf Coast Community Action agency where he worked for some three decades.
Those he worked with say he was always the first one to arrive and the last one to leave. He was a man with the energy and vitality of someone half his age.
Reverend Tartt loved his job, his family and his church, but most of all, he loved life.
He was a retired teacher and minister and served as a major in the U.S. Army during World War Two,where he saw combat duty in North Africa.
Reverend Tartt was a man of much class and dignity.
As for the world we live in today, he told us in an interview last year that he saw the world as a wonderful place, full of opportunity.
That was Harry Tartt, always the optimist and always with a smile on his face.
He also said the legacy he would like to leave behind is that of a man with an open mind, who did not wish to condemn but to accept people for what they are and to listen to people.
Reverend Tartt, May you rest in peace knowing that you did your part to make the world we live in a better place.
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