FORT WORTH George Kirk Harding, 91, a retired commander in the U.S. Navy and a production foreman with Gulf Oil Company, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.|
Service: at the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md.
Kirk was born Jan. 9, 1922, in northside Fort Worth. He was the eldest of three sons born to George Leslie and Mona Kuykendall Harding.
Kirk graduated from Denton High School in 1940 and from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1944, as a commissioned officer. He served on destroyers in the South Pacific during World War II. He earned a B.S. from Texas A&M in 1950. In 1951, he was called back to active duty in the Navy during the Korean War.
His primary employment was with Gulf Oil Corporation in the Odessa district, where he was an engineer in the Goldsmith Area and later a production foreman in the Sand Hills Area. While in the Goldsmith Area, he was a member of the Permian Basin Chapter of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers, serving one year as president. With his interest in education, Kirk served on the Odessa College Board of Regents for 15 years, during which time he was elected twice to serve as president.
He retired in 1976 and moved to Lake Jacksonville in east Texas, where they lived until 1984, enjoying the lake and beautiful East Texas. Kirk and Verna then moved to St. Francis Village near Fort Worth to assist his elderly mother still living in Denton.
Kirk was a member of the Disciples of Christ, serving on the board of several churches. He worshiped at the Protestant Fellowship at St. Francis Village and served as treasurer for several years. He was also a member of Bethany Christian Church in Fort Worth from 1997 until his death.
Kirk was preceded in death by his loving wife of 49 years, Verna Lee Denbow Harding, and their daughter, Leslie Foster.
Survivors: His wife, Beulah Clancy Harding; grandchildren, Bill Smith and Brenda Clark; great-grandchildren, Cody Lee Clark and Leslie Raylyn Clark; brothers, Keith Harding and Stewart Harding and his wife, Roxana; and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
Published in Odessa American on Sept. 29, 2013