Grant C. Hardin

Published 8:22 am Thursday, September 15, 2016

Grant C. Hardin, 99, of Elizabethton, formerly of 827 Blue Springs Road, Elizabethton, passed away on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at Pine Ridge Care and Rehab Center. Grant was born on July 7, 1917 and was a son of the late Alvin P. Hardin and Bessie C. Bowers Hardin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Georgia Pauline Oliver Hardin, on December 19, 2001, and four brothers, Garnie Hardin, Eston Hardin, Alf Hardin and Greene Hardin.
Grant was drafted into the United States Army during World War II. He served his country in Germany for three years. When he returned home he went to work at the Bemberg Corporation, which ironically was a German Rayon Manufacturer and one of the largest employers ever in Carter County. He retired from Bemberg as a machine operator. One of his hobbies was Bingo, which he attended every week in his sport coat and dress hat. He was also a member of the Masons and the Shriners. He was a very humble man who didn’t like to say a lot about himself, but once stated “although I was drafted into the Army, I served my country with pride.” He was the oldest member of Blue Springs Christian Church.
Those left to cherish his memory include one sister, Myrtle Buckles, of Elizabethton, and many nieces and nephews.
A service to honor the life of Mr. Grant C. Hardin will be conducted at 7 p.m. Friday, September 16, in the Riverside Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, with Mr. Andrew Church providing a eulogy and Mr. Richard Thomason providing a prayer. Music will be under the direction of Donna Ellis. The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, prior to the service, or at the residence of his brother-in-law, Gayle Oliver, at other times. The graveside service will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, September 17, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Military Honors will be accorded by the Carter County Honor Guard. Active pallbearers will be Lindsay Rash, Rick Richardson, Noel Church, Sam Ellis, Greg Heaton and Evan Ellis. Honorary pallbearers will be the men of Blue Springs Christian Church. Those wishing to attend the service are asked to meet at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, at 10:45 a.m. Saturday to go in procession. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Pine Ridge Care and Rehab Center for the love and care shown to Grant. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to the Blue Springs Christian Church/Fellowship Hall Fund, 107 Don Rominger Road, Elizabethton, TN 37643 or the Shriners Hospital, 2335 Knob Creek Road, Suite 101, Johnson City, TN 37604. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting and signing the guest book.
Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is serving the Hardin family. Office: (423) 542-2232. Obituary Line: (423) 543-4917.

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