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Jack HARDEN Sr. Obituary
HARDEN, Sr., Jack Jack C. Harden, Sr. Jack Campbell Harden, Sr., 89, of Hickory, North Carolina, died March 10, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice. Graveside service Friday, March 14, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Westview Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia with Dr. Allen Stewart of Hartwell First United Methodist Church, Hartwell, Georgia, officiating. Born October 24, 1924 in Louisville, Georgia to the late Robert Allen Harden, Sr. and Estelle Campbell Harden, he was a graduate of Greenville Senior High School in Greenville, S.C. and a graduate of the University of Georgia, Atlanta Division. After graduation from high school in 1942, Mr. Harden enlisted in the Army, where he served as a Technical Sergeant in the 118th Signal Radio Intelligence Company attached to General George Patton's Third Army Headquarters for the duration of World War II. Upon his honorable discharge from the Army in 1945, he returned to the Atlanta, Georgia area. Jack met his wife, Mildred, in Atlanta and they were married there January 21, 1946. Mr. Harden spent over 30 years in the metropolitan Atlanta area in College Park and later Peachtree City, where he worked and retired from the Civil Service as a Budget Analyst with the Department of the Army at Third Army Headquarters, later Forces Command, at Fort McPherson. During their time in Peachtree City, Mr. Harden and his wife, Mildred, were a driving force in the establishment of the Peachtree City First United Methodist Church. Upon his retirement from the Civil Service with 31 years of meritorious service, Mr. Harden and his wife moved to Hartwell, Georgia, where they built their retirement home on Lake Hartwell. During their 30 plus years in Hartwell, Mr. Harden and his wife purchased and renovated a well-known building in Hartwell which was included in the National Historic Register. Here, they conceived and opened a retail store called The Corner, a gifts, home and garden store. The Hardens operated their store for over 25 years, making it a well-known landmark in Hartwell. In their mid-80's, the Hardens sold their store and entered into their second retirement, moving to Hickory, N.C. to be near family. Throughout his adult life, Mr. Harden pursued a passion for family history and genealogy, frequenting the state archives of both Georgia and South Carolina, as well as numerous county records offices and cemeteries in both states and compiling an extensive genealogical record of both his and his wife's families. As part of his family history focus, Mr. Harden also authored an autobiography, capturing his life and times for the benefit of his heirs. He was also a member of the Hart County Historical Society. Mr. Harden and his wife were avid square dancers for many years and were active members of the Hart Squares square dancing club. They were also members of a travel trailer club and spent several years of their retirement taking trips around the country with the club. They were members of Hartwell First United Methodist Church. In addition to his parents, Mr. Harden was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Mildred Bagwell Harden. Survivors include his son, Jack Campbell Harden, Jr. and wife Ann of Hickory, N.C.; his daughter, Mary Beth Morgan and husband Robert of Brunswick, Georgia; a brother, Robert Allen Harden, Jr. of Eden, N.C.; a granddaughter, Stacey H. Revels and husband Don of Lincolnton, N. C.; two grandsons, Todd Allen Harden of Yadkinville, N.C. and Will Jones Morgan of Melbourne, Fl.; a great-grandson, Campbell Blake Revels of Lincolnton, N.C.; and two nieces, Martha H. Smith and Sue H. Oakley. A special thank you to the staff at Kingston Residence of Hickory who provided such loving care to Jack in his almost 4 years of living there. Memorials may be made to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC or Hartwell United Methodist Church, 81 E. Howell St., Hartwell, GA 30643
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Mar. 12, 2014
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