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1933 - 2010
The angels were singing today when our dad, John William Harden, Jr., went to his eternal home. Dad, you fought the good fight and finished the race.
"Bill" was born on October 11, 1933. He grew up in Graham, North Carolina with his parents, John W. Harden and Rachel Johnson Harden, both deceased, and loving brother, Jim. He graduated from Elon College, where he met his wife of 53 years, Louise. Bill began his career in 1957 with Eastern Airlines in Pensacola, Florida. He became an owner of Sea-Sky Travel and continued his career with AAA Travel in Sarasota, Florida. They made their home in Sarasota for many years and enjoyed wonderful friendships. In recent years, Bill and Louise moved to Pensacola to be near their family. Before his illness, Bill enjoyed fishing and golf. He was a gifted woodworker and well-known for his beautiful birdhouses. He was always generous with his talents. Bill was always involved in the community and church. He was particularly active at First Baptist Church, Pensacola.
Bill was loved by his wife, Louise Hughes Harden, their daughters, Dana (John) Hoewt and Jamie (Carter) Barrett of Atlanta. He was also cherished by his grandchildren, Haley and Alexandra Hoewt and Eleanor and Cornelia Barrett. He will be missed by his brother, Jim (Marianne), his sister-in-law, Eloise Hughes Shell (Thurston), and brother-in-law, Garnett L. Hughes (Donna), as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. Dad, we will miss you. Your life was an example of courage and preseverance.
The family will have a visitation on Saturday at 3 pm, at First Baptist Church, Pensacola, Florida with a memorial service following at 4 pm in Pleitz Chapel with Dr. Barry Howard leading the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the ROC or Samaritan Hands Ministry, First Baptist Church, 500 S. Palafox Street, Pensacola, Florida 32501.
"My flesh and my heart faileth; but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever." Psalm 73:26.
Published in Pensacola News Journal on June 11, 2010