Date of Birth: April 29, 1947
Date of Death: March 06, 2020
Victor Alonzo Hartsfield Sr., son of the late David “Pete” Hartsfield Jr and Roselle Hartsfield was born on April 29, 1947, in Washington DC. The family moved from Washington to New Jersey where he attended public school. He was a graduate of East Orange High School, class of 1966, and attended Virginia Union University, majoring in Business and Accounting. Victor excelled in music as well; writing hundreds of poems and songs and continued with that passion on a regular basis. You would find him frequently in the music room where he was a member of the Boys Glee Cub and Acapella Choir and represented his school and city as a member of the New Jersey State Choir. Known for his silky first tenor Victor performed with many groups in all the talent shows around town. While in high school Victor worked in the data processing department at Bamberger’s Department Store in downtown Newark, NJ. In April of 1970 at the age of 22, Victor began his employment with the City of East Orange as a receptionist in the Welfare Department. Several months later he sought a better position and became the first and only African-American to work in the Department of Property Taxation as an Assessing Clerk. Victors interest in his new position grew even greater after a co-worker tried to discourage him with indignations that blacks could not make it in the Assessing Field. In 1976, Victor rose to the position of Deputy Assessor and in 1978 he was appointed as Assessor/Director of the Property of Taxation, a position he held for 35 years. After moving to Goodyear Az with his wife Mary where they happily lived for 15 years Victor interviewed for a position with the Arizona State Board of Equalization and started working in June 2010. To date Victor has written four training presentations for board members and continued to expand his knowledge in real property assessment and valuation as an appraiser, analyst, and hearing officer. Victor was very active in various associations and served on many committees and taught courses sponsored by the Association of Municipal Assessors of New Jersey (AMANJ) with his greatest interest in the Education and Legislation Committee. Victor accomplished his goals by receiving six designations in his field. He was a State Certified Assessor (CTA); a Registered Public Assessor (RPA); a member of the Society of Professional Assessors (SPA); a Certified Real Estate Appraiser (CREA); a Senior Certified Professional Assessor (SCPA); and a State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser (SCGREA). Other interest included community, church, and music. Victor served on the Board of Directors-SHARE, NJ; 1990 – 1992. He managed and sang with 100 Voices for Christ Community Choir, Voices in Christ gospel group, founded and managed R & B group Jersey Love and was a member of the “Who Wrote the Book of Love” legendary Monotones. The eldest son of 10 siblings Victor’s life will be forever cherished in the lives of his wife Mary, his sweetie and the love of his life; his sons Victor A. Hartsfield Jr (Mark) Enid Ok, Christopher Hartsfield (Kizzy) Atlanta Ga, stepdaughter LaToya Washington, Goodyear Az, siblings Martha Ann Anderson-Eley; who preceded him, Michael Hartsfield (Victoria) Mt. Laurel NJ; David Hartsfield (Beverly) Tampa Fl; Michele Hartsfield-Patrick (Richard) Union NJ; Phillip Hartsfield (Rene) East Orange NJ; Lisa Hartsfield Aldan Pa; Darrel Hartsfield (Wandra) Sayerville NJ; Monique Chavis (Jeff) Winterhaven Fl; David M Hartsfield Rocky Mountain NC; five grandchildren Victor A. Hartsfield III (aka Tre), Tavion M. Hartsfield, Jare’ N. Hartsfield, Christopher Bailey Hartsfield Jr., Kennedy Christina Hartsfield and a host of nieces and nephews. Victor served at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark for many years as a member of the 11AM Choir and Praise Team and completed his studies as a Deacon in Training. With his move to Goodyear Az., he and Mary continued their Christian Bible Training with The Carpenter’s House of Worship Christian Center and where he was also a part of The Men’s Round Table Ministry. Victor had a great deal of love and respect for family and all the friends he has made over the years in the church, business, the assessing field and personally. He has stated so often “every night I pray that God will bless all those that I love and all those that love me; may God bless them with the strength, health, knowledge, wisdom, and endurance to carry on in his Holy Name…AMEN!!
"Celebration of Life" Saturday March 28, 2020 The Carpenter's House, Christian Center 13048 W Santa Fe Blvd Avondale, Arizona 85392