Rev. Douglas M. Hardin10:36 am | February 21, 2014
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only but unto all them also that love His appearing. II Timothy 4:7-8
Rev. Douglas M. Hardin, 71, of the Gap Creek Community in Hampton, went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at his residence.
Rev. Hardin was a native of Carter County and a son of the late Lilburn T. “Cornbread” Hardin and Vergie Pierce Hardin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Bobby and Billy Hardin, and a sister, Margaret Mathes.
Rev. Hardin was presently serving as Pastor of Willow Springs Baptist Church and had previously worked for Safeway Pest Control, Appalachian Oil Company and Holston Oil Company. He attended Graham Bible College and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, who enjoyed spending time with his family. He enjoyed serving his flock at Willow Springs Baptist Church and enjoyed UT football, fishing, turkey hunting and spending time with his grandchildren.
Rev. Hardin was a United States Air Force veteran, having served in the Vietnam Era, where he was a Morse-Code interceptor operator.
Survivors include his loving wife of 51 years, Phyllis Shelton Hardin, of the home; three sons, Wes Hardin and wife April, Elizabethton, Mike Hardin and wife Andrea, Elizabethton, and Matt Hardin and wife Meredith, Dacula, Ga.; nine grandchildren, Nichole, Mickey, Dylan, Wesley, Bailey, Sarah, Maycie, Mattilyn and Little Douglas; two step-grandchildren, Lucas Miller and Lauren Miller; one sister, Ann Weatherford, Sevierville, Tenn.; and four brothers, Jerry Hardin and Darrell Hardin, both of Elizabethton, Richard Hardin, Bradenton, Fla., and Ed Hardin, Clarksville, Tenn.
A Celebration of Life service for Rev. Hardin will be conducted at 7 p.m. Saturday, February 22, in the Chapel of Peace at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, with Rev. Ken Kyker, Rev. Jack Roddy and Rev. Dean Smith officiating. Music will be under the direction of the Smith sisters and Bobby. The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, prior to the service, or at the residence at anytime. The graveside service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday, February 23, in the Buckles Cemetery with Rev. Ronnie Campbell officiating. Military Honors will be accorded by the Carter County Honor Guard. Active pallbearers will be Theron Johnson, Teddy Reed, Randy Whaley, Bobby Smith, Jerry Buckles, Danny Hilbert, Earl Shelton and Gerald Shelton. Honorary pallbearers will be Leonard Buckles, Dewayne Buckles, Jeff Lowe, Lawrence Stevens, Gerald Buckles, Doug Keller, Shirley Bowers and the men of Willow Springs Baptist Church. Those wishing to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at Willow Springs Baptist Church at 12:45 p.m. Sunday to go in procession to the cemetery. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Rogers and her staff at the Oncology Department of the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, Dr. Provance, Caris Hospice and their nurses for all the love and care shown to Rev. Hardin during his illness and to everyone that sent cards, called, visited and prayed. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to Willow Springs Baptist Church, 544 Willow Springs Road, Elizabethton, TN 37643, or to The American Cancer Society, c/o Lou Cooter, 415 Washington Avenue, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guest book.
Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is serving the Hardin family. Office: (423) 542-2232. Obituary Line: (423) 543-4917.