Celebrating the life of

Julia Yvonne Hartzler

Passed away on April 26, 2020

Julia Yvonne Hartzler

Julia “Yvonne” Gaston Hartzler, 63, passed away on Sunday, April 26, 2020, surrounded by loving family.  Yvonne succumbed to a lengthy illness, and complications of a broken heart.  Yvonne was born and raised in Dekalb county, Georgia, the sixth of eleven children born to Bill and Nancy Gaston.  She graduated from Lakeside High School in Atlanta and married her childhood sweetheart, Ray Hartzler.

In addition to her husband Ray, Yvonne is survived by her sister, Nancy Gaston Perkins (Ed) of Venice Beach, CA; sister, Susan Gaston Hobbs of Madison, GA; brother, David Gaston (Julie) of Cropwell, AL; brother, Jeff Gaston (Moira) of Cumming, GA; brother, George Gaston (Bari) of Stone Mountain, GA; brother, Keith Gaston of Cumming, GA; brother, John Gaston (Jan) of Lilburn, GA; and sister, Jan Gaston Sailors of Wilmington Island, GA; her grand-fur-baby, Clint’s beloved dog, Cash, as well as numerous nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, cousins and dear friends.

Yvonne was preceded in death by her parents William Joseph (Bill) Gaston, Sr. and Nancy Surrency Gaston of Dahlonega, GA; brother, William Gaston (Billy) Gaston, Jr. of Atlanta, GA; Elaine Gaston Bryant of Atlanta, GA; grandparents, Samuel Britt and Julia Emma Louise Medley Gaston of Atlanta, GA; and George Houston and Susanna “Sue” Walker Surrency of Jacksonville, FL; and her only child, Clinton David (Clint) Jones of Wilmington Island, GA. 

Yvonne and Ray moved to Tybee Island in 1992.  They immediately fell in love with the community, and created a lifetime of beautiful memories with family bike rides, enjoying the beach and island life.  Yvonne’s gentle spirit and loving heart endeared her to family and friends.  She shared a beautiful relationship with her son, Clint, whose passing was more than she could bear.  She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. 

Due to current conditions related to COVID-19, a memorial service will be scheduled at a later date when family and friends can gather to celebrate Yvonne’s beautiful life.  In lieu of flowers, condolences may be sent to Second Harvest Food Bank, 2501 East President Street, Savannah, GA 31404 or to the Humane Society of Greater Savannah, 7215 Sallie Mood Drive, Savannah, GA  31406, both of which were meaningful causes for Yvonne and Clint.





Love this family!! So sorry for your loss Prayers for all!!

- Susan Perry, Savannah , Ga

I'll miss you so much Yvonne !

- James Keith Gaston, Lumber City 31549, GEORGIA

I'll miss you so much Yvonne !

- James Keith Gaston, Lumber City 31549, GEORGIA

A candle has been lit!

Devastated by this news. So sorry for all.

- Karen Kllanxhja, Grand Junction, Colorado

A candle has been lit!

I would like to send so much love to my extended family, my aunt Yvonne’s family. I’m so lucky she married my Uncle Ray and they asked me to be a flower girl in their wedding. I remember those summer nights in Highlands, NC when the thunder and lightning was just bone rattling, she’d let me crawl into their bed in the “cabinet”, as I called it, she’d tickle my back and run her fingers through my hair and make all the noise and flashes just fade away. She was the epitome of love personified. Uncle Ray- if you see this please reach out. I love you and I miss you. - Ceci

- Cecily Kllanxhja , San Francisco , CA

Such a sweet cousin! So sorry for her broken heart---too much pain. Rest Yvonne.

- Cathy Paul, pensacola, FL

Yvonne and our son, Britt, were born 4 days apart and their first pictures were made together in the hospital nursery at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta. With our love and sympathy to all of Yvonne’s family. Aunt Coralyn Gaston and all of the Charles Gaston family.

- Coralyn Gaston, Waycross , GA

Ray, I'm so sorry for your loss, take care of yourself

- Rob Orcutt, Tampa, Florida

I am so sorry for your loss.

- Mary Ann Hedrick Cox, Lexington , Ga

Ray, Jan and all the family. So sorry for your loss. You all are in my prayers and thoughts. She will celebrate with Ryan and Mike and the family before her.

- Carolyn Sailors , Kingsland , Ga

I'm so sorry for your loss you are in my prayers

- Courtney G. Fetz, Savannah, GA

My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the peace that you seek.

- Mindy & David Ware, Gloucester , Va

Ray John and I were so sorry to hear of Yvonne’s passing. Praying for your peace and comfort

- Gwen Howell, Savannah, Ga

I am so shocked and saddened to hear about Yvonne. Unfortunately, it has been years since I have seen Yvonne, or Ray. We were in Elementary school together. I can picture Yvonne coming to dinner at my house growing up, so surprised we could have seconds of any dinner item. I enjoyed seeing the Gaston clan at the last funeral. May y'all find peace. My deepest sympathy, Vivian Vlass Burns

- Vivian Vlass Burns, Atlanta, Georgia

Ray and entire Gaston family, I am so sorry for your loss of sweet Yvonne. Ray and I shared an apartment in Clarkston, Ga for a short while back in the mid ‘70’s. Love and prayers to you all.

- Steve Tomberlin, Pike Road, Alabama

Ray and entire Gaston family, I am so sorry for your loss of sweet Yvonne. Ray and I shared an apartment in Clarkston, Ga for a short while back in the mid ‘70’s. Love and prayers to you all.

- Steve Tomberlin, Pike Road, Alabama

Ive known Ray & Yevonne since High School & visited them on Tybee Island My deepest thoughts and prayers go out to her MANY Family members. & her hudband Ray RIP YVONNE

- Tom McCauley & Kim, Deltona, FL

Deepest condolences to my old neighbors and dear friends the Gastons on the passing of Yvonne. Ya'll are in my thoughts and prayers.

- grayson and hilda parker, woodstock, GA

Im so heartbroken to hear this..i loved Yvonne..she will be with Clint now...♥️ PRAYING FOR RAY AND THE WHOLE FAMILY

- Lisa Gaston Bishop, Cedartown , Ga

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- Georgia Chewning Stewart, Flowery Branch, GA

So sad to hear about Yvonne. I thought I had a big family till I met her. I loved spending the night at her house when we were young, it was always an adventure! I've thought of her often over the years, she was such a sweet person . Much love to Ray and all of the Gaston family. Georgia

- Georgia Chewning Stewart, Flowery Branch, GA

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Ray, so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you

- Fred and Lori Peche, Savannah , Georgia

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel

  • A Celebration of Life Will Be held at a later date