James “Mike” Hardison

October 27, 1948 - October 23, 2023
James “Mike”  Hardison

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James Michael Hardison, known to everyone simply as Mike, passed away on October 23, 2023, at the age of 74 in Pitt County. Born on October 27, 1948, in Washington County, Mike lived a life filled with love, laughter, and a genuine appreciation for the simple pleasures in life.

Mike worked hard as a farmer throughout his days, tending to the land with dedication and a charming sense of humor. His passion for farming was only matched by his love for his family. He would often be seen with a smile on his face while tending to his crops, knowing that he was providing for those he held dear.

When he wasn’t working in the fields, Mike enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors, indulging in his favorite pastimes of hunting and fishing. Nature provided him with solace and an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. His heart was always content when surrounded by the beauty of the land he cherished.

Mike’s greatest joy was his loving wife, Vera, who stood by his side through thick and thin. Together they shared a bond that was unbreakable, filled with endless love and mutual support. Their marriage was a testament to the power of companionship and the strength found in a lifetime of shared experiences.

He leaves behind a legacy of love and devotion. He is survived by his two daughters, Michelle (Doug) Black and Christina (Frank) Windley, as well as his three sons, Travis (Tonya) Hardison, William C. Walker III, and Kurtis “Tiger” Lee Miller. Additionally, he is survived by his grandchildren Joey Oliver, Cody Hardison, Lane Hardison, Dylan Windley, and Mckayla (Cameron Cook) Oliver, along with great-grandson Lucas Wilder Cook. His brother, Bruce (Terry) Hardison, and sister, Debbie (Pete) Proctor, also mourn his loss.

Like an oak tree, he stood strong, symbolizing his resilience and unwavering nature. He was a man of simple pleasures, finding joy in the love of his wife, Vera, and the closeness of his family. Mike’s memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. As we celebrate his life, let us find comfort in knowing that he lived each day with a smile on his face and a heart full of love. In honoring Mike’s wishes, no funeral services will be held.

Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service is honored to be assisting the Hardison family.

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  • October 26, 2023
    Vera K Hardison lit a candle:
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  • October 25, 2023
    Kurtis "Tiger" Miller says:
    Mike and I always had our differences, saying we were like oil and water put together would be an understatement of my whole life honestly. We had our moments, but I can honestly say this man was both tough and caring. During the final years of his life, he was constantly marred by pain of varying kinds for reasons I won't go into too great a detail. He had many knives plunged into him to save his life over the years but no matter how much pain he was in, as the Obituary states he stood as an oak tree weathering every storm. The only thing that actually took his life was his body giving out, that's it. He died peacefully in the arms of someone whom I will not mention, you know who you are. :) If there's anything I could possibly pray for, it would be that he is forever remembered in the anvils of Heaven to be a family man and an outdoor lover. I'm certain his father would've been proud of what he had become, but now they are way beyond our view, singing the beautiful hymns of God in worship, never again knowing pain or grief, tears or decay, disease or sickness, loss or debt. I will do what I can to assume the oak tree mantle for Vera and be a pillar of support for her, as long as God will leave breath in my lungs and a heartbeat in my chest. I'll do you proud, you ole bear. Nothing's happenin' to Vera as long as I am around.