Ralph E. HARDEN Sr.
FUNERAL HOME
Weymouth Funeral Home
12746 Nettles Drive
Newport News, VA
MANTEO, N.C. - Ralph Edward Harden Sr., 73, died on Saturday, March 3, 2012.
He was an extremely loving, easy going man with no ill will for anyone. He will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him. He never waivered in his faith and love for God.
Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, Archie L. Harden and Jenna L. Sorrell.
He is survived by his children, Ralph Jr., Daniel, Pamela and John; his brothers, Jerry and Phillip, his sisters, Nona, Marlene, Marian and Lorranne; several grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Services are private. Arrangements are by Weymouth Funeral Home.
John 5:25 "All those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out. . ." View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published by Daily Press from Mar. 6 to Mar. 10, 2012.
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17 Entries
Thinking about Ralph and my prayers that he is safely home resting in peace forever.
Lorraine Brown
Family
February 28, 2021
Ralph and family,
We extend to each of you our sympathy and love.
Hugs, Love, and Prayers,
Barry and Ann
E. Ann Barley
March 22, 2012
Harry and I have such great memories of "Butta" even though we lost touch with him. And, Grace & I will always remember that special Kirby guy who cleaned our carpets for "FREE" and sold us a Kirby. Without a doubt he was a very special guy. We'll all miss him.
Steve Veazey
March 10, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with Ralph and his family. Thanks for being my 307 Home Room buddy.
God Bless,
Charlie Hilling
Class of 1956
Charlie Hilling
March 10, 2012
Having worked for Gerry Hardin many years at the Checkmate & Zodiac, I have fond memories of Ralph....infectious humor and laugh....he was full of life and always looking for new adventures....may he rest in peace and my sincere condolences to the whole family....
Bobbi (Trainum) Park
March 9, 2012
I have many fond memories of Ralph throughout the60s and 70s not only music cant forget the Checkmate I also sold Kirby vacuums with him.havent seen him in awhile I will miss you buddy. my condolences to Jerry and family
Tony Griffin
Portsmouth Va
March 9, 2012
Our sympathy to Ralph's family as we are so saddened by his death. We remember him with his happy smile and as such a good person. May he rest in peace and receive the reward God has stored up for him in Heaven for all his kindness.
God's peace, strength and comfort for all in his loss.
Jacob Keepes/Lorraine Brown
March 9, 2012
Ralph wrote many songs in the 60's which he performed with a group he called "The Newports". The following You tube website has one of the songs performed by The Newports.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPbA34W4onE&list=HL1331294516&feature=mh_lolz
Members of the group are (from left): Bob Fowler, Ron Fowler, Frank Moore and Ralph Harden.
Bob Fowler
March 9, 2012
Sorry to hear about Mr. Harden, he was great.
Scott Ing
March 8, 2012
Our deepest sympathies to Ralph's family. We hadn't seen him in a long time but know that he was special to all. Jim and Marian Rupp
Marian Rupp
March 7, 2012
To the Family of Ralph "Butter" Harden,
I remember Butter as a friend from our days
at NNHS and how he was always so upbeat. I
had not seen him for years, but would always ask Jerry about him when I saw Jerry around City Hall in Hampton.
Rest In Peace Old freind.
Bruce Sims
March 7, 2012
I was sorry to read about Ralph. I remember him from high school and also the Virginia National Guard. He always had a way to make people laugh. Our deepest condolences go out to all of his family.
Jim and Dorothy McDonald
March 6, 2012
Our sincere sympathy to the entire Harden family.
Bobby and JoAnn Fowler
March 6, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with Ralph and Dan. Scott really enjoyed the fishing trips to the outer banks with all of you and we enjoyed all the fish they brought back. Ralph worked with senior citizens at P.A.A. where I worked. He was so patient and very compassionate with each and everyone, they dearly loved him. We were truly blessed to have known him. I COR 15:57
Jim and Shirley Ing
March 6, 2012
We had good memories of Ralph being the Easter Bunny for a family picnic at Newport News Park. Ralph was always the center of fun. Thanks for the good memories. Jerry & family, we are very sorry for your loss.
Linda Routten
March 6, 2012
Our hearts and thoughts are with Ralph "Butter" Harden, family, brothers and friends. We treasure our last short phone conversation with "Butter" just weeks ago. Memories go back to our childhood days with "Butter" and Jerry while living in Marshall Courts and Seven Oaks. We send our love and sympathy as each of us continue on our journey.

Don and Billie Jo Harvey
William (Don) Harvey
March 6, 2012
To the Family of Ralph "Butter" Harden,
Want to let you know how much we thought of Ralph. To Jerry, his brother who always kept us in touch with Butter. We talked to him 2 weeks ago and he was always very upbeat. Butter sold us our first Kirby vacuum cleaner, which we kept for 48 years and really miss it. With all our love to the family, his brother, Jerry. Butter is in Heaven waiting for us to come. Much love, Mickey and Carol Marcella
March 6, 2012
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