1925 ~ 2013
Our loving husband, father and grandfather Hardeman L. Stonestreet, 88 years old, passed away at home peacefully on September 11, 2013. Hardy was a sweet soul who lovingly and passionately provided for and supported his wife and children for 62 years. We will miss him and his humor, philosophical and political discussions, contagious laughter, and his devotion to his wife and family. He was a good man with a good heart.
Hardy was born on July 5, 1925 in Chattanooga, Tennessee to Peter Willard and Frances Parker Stonestreet. He attended high school at Central High in Chattanooga. In 1943, his senior year, he was named "Mr. Central" of his high school. During that same year, his basketball team (in which he played point guard) won the State Championship. After high school, he joined the U.S. Naval Reserves in the Naval Aviation Cadet Program.
After World War II, he attended Rice University in Houston, Texas where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering in 1948. He then received his Law Degree from the University of Texas
in Austin, in 1951.
He met the love of his life, Doris Maresh while she was attending Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas and he was attending the University of Texas Law School. They married on July 7, 1951 in the Presbyterian Church in Smithville, Texas and then moved to Midland, Texas where their 4 children were born. Hardy worked for Phillips Petroleum in the land department and later with U.S. Smelting, Refining & Mining as Division Landman in Midland where he lived with his family for 16 years.
In January 1967, he was transferred to Salt Lake City, Utah working in the oil division of US Smelting which later became UV Industries. In 1980, he and a partner formed their own oil company, Kerry Petroleum where he was Sr. Vice President and in-house counsel. His company partner said of Hardy "he was the best man in the industry."
In Salt Lake he and his wife, Doris, raised their family, played golf and bridge with their many friends. Hardy coached his son's baseball team and daughter's softball team, made a mean enchilada and enjoyed their pets. He travelled extensively with Doris, both in the US and abroad. He made Salt Lake his home, although he always had a fondness for Texas.
He is survived by his wife Doris, his sister Gwen (of Chattanooga), his children Teresa Eubank (Bruce Dennis), Deborah (of Redondo Beach, CA), Rocky and Rebecca (Scot Bergeron) of Mill "A", WA, his 4 grandsons, Nicolas Adams (Tanya), Eric Adams (Abby), Statton, Slader, and his 3 great grandchildren, Olivia, Sophie and Cohen. Hardy's family would like to thank his compassionate caretaker Rose. A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
We love you and we will always miss you!
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