James Robert Hardison

September 30, 1938 - September 5, 2023
James Robert Hardison

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James Robert Hardison, born on September 30, 1938, in Jamesville, NC, peacefully passed away on September 5, 2023, at ECU Medical Center in Greenville, NC.

James lived a fulfilling life, reaching the age of 84. He dedicated many years to the phosphate industry, working as a Heavy Equipment Operator. His commitment to his work was unparalleled, achieving perfect attendance for over 25 years and never once calling in sick. He was known for his strong work ethic and reliability.

Outside of work, James had a deep passion for fishing. He found solace and joy in spending every weekend casting his line alongside his beloved grandson, Brandon. They shared countless memories and bonded over their love for the sport. Additionally, James had a keen interest in bird watching and took pride in raising a variety of animals. He even opened up his home to school groups, allowing them to experience his petting zoo firsthand.

In his free time, James could often be found frequenting the local bait shops and enjoying the delicious offerings at the King Chicken Restaurant. He cherished these simple pleasures and embraced the moments of relaxation they provided.

James was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ellen Hardison, as well as his parents, Mary Ann Hardison and Joseph Robert Hardison. Their memories will forever hold a special place in his heart.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Wendy Manning, and his grandson, Brandon Hardison, along with Brandon’s wife, Christina. James’s love for his family was immeasurable, and he took great pride in their accomplishments and happiness.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Services on Friday, September 22, 2023. The visitation will take place from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, followed by the service from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. Friends and loved ones are invited to pay their respects and share in the memories of a remarkable man.

James Robert Hardison will forever be remembered for his dedication, hard work, and love for his family. His legacy lives on through the lives he touched and the memories he created. May he rest in eternal peace.

Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service of Washington, NC is honored to serve the Hardison family.

Celebration of Life Service

Friday, September 22, 2023
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Joseph B. Paul, Jr. Funeral Service - Directions
4500 US Highway 264 East
Washington, NC 27889

Visiting Hours

Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service - Directions
4500 Hwy 264 E, Washington, NC
  • Friday, September 22, 2023
  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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  • October 12, 2023
    Phyllis T Lee says:
    Dear Wendy, Brandon and Christina....your Dad stopped by to see me this summer to check on me. I enjoyed our conversation about fishing. My heart breaks to know I just found out about James. I had no idea and had wondered how he was doing since his visit. He and my husband Edmund were friends and had many, many talks together. I pray that each one of you will be held by GOD's and that HIS comfort, love and peace will be with you all during this difficult road ahead. My love and prayers to each of you.

  • October 05, 2023
    Marilyn Willard Hale says:
    I knew James when we were teenagers. He used to help my daddy in tobacco. His daughter, Wendy, and my daughter, Judy, were friends. (Judy passed away in 2013) May God bless and comfort all of his family as only He can is my prayer.

  • September 22, 2023
    Juanita Godley says:
    Wendy and Brandon there is so much I could say about Mr. James. I know he treated me as a daughter. I have gone in and out his house a many of times growing up. Wendy you know we were close. I'm going to miss his sense of humor. Im so sorry for your loss. Wendy you and Brandon will be in my thoughts and prays. I pray for peace and comfort in the time ahead.

  • September 22, 2023
    Juanita Godley says:
    Wendy and Brandon, there is so much I can say. James was a mess..I have been in and out his home a many of times growing up. Me and Wendy were close friends. He treated me like a daughter. I will miss his sense of humor. He will truly be missed. Wendy and Brandon I pray for peace and comfort in the time ahead. I know you will miss him dearly. My love and prayers to you and your families.

  • September 18, 2023
    A. Lynnette Taylor says:
    Mr. James will be missed by all that know and love him. His grandson, Brandon, was his number one buddy and their adventures always blessed my soul. To see their relationship, showed how two different generations can develop a bond beyond being just relatives, but true best friends.

  • September 15, 2023
    Leisa says:
    Prayers to the family . 🙏🏼Christina and Brandon hugs . There’s no doubt James is fishing 🎣 in the bluest of waters now .

  • September 15, 2023
    Riley Davis says:
    Sorry for your loss Brandon and Christina!! Rest in Peace! Thoughts and Prayers!❤️

  • September 10, 2023
    Sherry Lilley says:
    So sorry to hear of his passing. won't be the same knowing a neighbor is gone.

  • September 10, 2023
    Kim Clark Hiatt says:
    I affectionately called him “meanness” and he called me the same. I met him when I worked at Smith Bros. on Park Drive. He had a gruff exterior, but was a really nice man. I hadn’t seen him in years, he will be missed. Prayers for his family.

  • September 09, 2023
    Johnny sadler says:
    Rest in peace 🕊️

  • September 08, 2023
    Diane Mason says:
    Brandon and Christina my thoughts and prayers are with ya'll ! James will ne missed greatly!

  • September 08, 2023
    Diane says:
    Brandon my thoughts and prayers ate with you. James will be missed greatly! ❤