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Pat H. Foley & Company

1200 West 34Th Street, Houston, TX

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Donald Ray Harding

11 décembre , 194017 octobre , 2019
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Donald Ray Harding passed away Thursday morning October 17, 2019 while resting peacefully at home. Don was born on December 11, 1940 in Groveton, Texas to Ernest & Jesse Harding, the 9th of 10 children. In 1958, at the age of 18 he moved to Houston where he began his career at Oak Forest Bank (1958 – 1975). On July 18, 1959 he married his high school sweetheart and best friend Merilyn LaJuan Davis. In 1961 he and LaJuan welcomed the 1st of 4 children into the world. Don was a devoted family man and father, always there for his wife and children. From 1976 – 1998 he worked at Merchants Bank and in 1998 he, along with Marilyn Word, Gerry Monzingo & Patti Stewart founded 1st Choice Bank. Next to his family, the opening of 1st Choice Bank stood out as one of Don’s proudest moments. He was a member of Candlelight Church of Christ, served on the Board of Directors at Doctors Hospital and volunteered for numerous charities including The Boys Scouts of America, Oaks Dad’s Club, Heights Chamber of Commerce as well as others. He is preceded in death by both parents, brothers Everett “Big Bubba”, Robert “Sonny” & wife Ellen, James “Buzz” and sisters Tennie Harding, Ernie Fraser, Lucille & husband Freddie Fredrick, Joy & husband Earl Wendt and Lynn & husband Harold Kapalski

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years LaJuan, sons Keith Harding & wife Alison, Kevin Harding & wife April, Kyle Harding & wife Sandy, daughter Kim Thompson and David Noker, grandchildren Aaron Harding & wife Magan, Taryn Day & husband Justin, Brandon Harding, Kandis Harding, Lindsey Harding, Kelsie Thompson, Kylie Thompson, Kalyn Fuentes & husband Miquel, Shelbi Thompson-Riley, Shaylea Thompson-Riley along with great grandchildren Jaxon Harding, Blaise Harding, Lucas Day, Vivian Day, Parker Harding, brother Newt Harding & wife Vikki, sisters in law Lea Vonne Wetuski, Geneva Harding, Edith Harding and numerous nieces & nephews.

The family would like to thank Flora Brown and Hazel Holman for their loving care as well as the Hospice Plus Care Team.

Pallbearers will be Ron Kapalski, Mike Pavlik, Jay McKinzie, Jimmy McQuillen, Bill Sellers, William Truss, Horace Davis & Jim Worthing.

Services

  • Visitation lundi, 21 octobre , 2019
  • Funeral Service mardi, 22 octobre , 2019
  • Committal Service mardi, 22 octobre , 2019

Souvenirs

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Lou Lindsey

22 octobre , 2019

I had the privilege of taking care of Mr. H for about six months. When Mother’s Day was coming around I asked him if he wanted the kids to bring Mrs H some flowers from him. He said yes that would be a great idea. I asked him what her favorite flower was and with a huge smile on his face , He said “hell she loves all of them.” So I texted his request to the kids and they did not disappoint. The house was filled with beautiful flowers. He was the sweetest kindest man. Of course he could be stubborn, But I loved him dearly and I’m so glad that I became Framily - A friend who became family. My heart goes out to all of the Harding’s but I know they are comforted in knowing that Mr. H is now strong and healthy and happy. Until we meet again, rest in peace Mr. H. 💔😢🦋

Mindy Pavlik

21 octobre , 2019

The love that Don had for his wife and family was a testament to the man he was. And the love his family had for Don is a reflection of him and a life well lived. He touched many lives through his banking and community support. He will be missed by so many, including us. Deepest sympathy to LaJuan, Kevin, Keith, Kyle and Kim, extended family and all who loved Don. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.

Mike and Mindy Pavlik

Barbara Denman Simmang

21 octobre , 2019

Don was such a special person & friend in my life. During our banking years, he was fun to work for & with for so many of us...we were a family. He was loved by many & will always be a special part of my life. So many special & treasured memories. He will be missed & continue to live in the hearts of many of us. May special memories comfort & sustain all of the family too.

Joy Kapalski

20 octobre , 2019

Don was my Uncle. You can ask any nephews or nieces he would do anything to help us. That also includes all his brothers and Sisters. My Mom Lynn his system told me so my stories of him when this were growing up. I will always treasure those memories.
God gained a wonderful Angel. His will be miss, but loved so much.

joy

Hazel Holman

19 octobre , 2019

I had the pleasure of caring for him Mr Harding was a very sweet loving man I’m going to miss him but I have so many memories to laugh about

Kimberly Hay

19 octobre , 2019

DR was such a gem. Even though we were not blood related, he treated us like family. Such a great honor to have been a part of his life.

Bryan, Kimberly & Kayla

Tom Britton

18 octobre , 2019

Don had a heart of gold and was everything a true friend should be. He was my mentor in the banking business and shared his sage advice with me when I became bank president. Don was one of the groomsmen in my wedding 51 years. I'm so glad he was in my life.

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Biographie

Donald Ray Harding passed away Thursday morning October 17, 2019 while resting peacefully at home. Don was born on December 11, 1940 in Groveton, Texas to Ernest & Jesse Harding, the 9th of 10 children. In 1958, at the age of 18 he moved to Houston where he began his career at Oak Forest Bank (1958 – 1975). On July 18, 1959 he married his high school sweetheart and best friend Merilyn LaJuan Davis. In 1961 he and LaJuan welcomed the 1st of 4 children into the world. Don was a devoted family man and father, always there for his wife and children. From 1976 – 1998 he worked at Merchants Bank and in 1998 he, along with Marilyn Word, Gerry Monzingo & Patti Stewart founded 1st Choice Bank. Next to his family, the opening of 1st Choice Bank stood out as one of Don’s proudest moments. He was a member of Candlelight Church of Christ, served on the Board of Directors at Doctors Hospital and volunteered for numerous charities including The Boys Scouts of America, Oaks Dad’s Club, Heights Chamber of Commerce as well as others.

He is preceded in death by both parents, brothers Everett “Big Bubba”, Robert “Sonny” & wife Ellen, James “Buzz” and sisters Tennie Harding, Ernie Fraser, Lucille & husband Freddie Fredrick, Joy & husband Earl Wendt and Lynn & husband Harold Kapalski

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years LaJuan, sons Keith Harding & wife Alison, Kevin Harding & wife April, Kyle Harding & wife Sandy, daughter Kim Thompson and David Noker, grandchildren Aaron Harding & wife Magan, Taryn Day & husband Justin, Brandon Harding, Kandis Harding, Lindsey Harding, Kelsie Thompson, Kylie Thompson, Kalyn Fuentes & husband Miquel, Shelbi Thompson-Riley, Shaylea Thompson-Riley along with great grandchildren Jaxon Harding, Blaise Harding, Lucas Day, Vivian Day, Parker Harding, brother Newt Harding & wife Vikki, sisters in law Lea Vonne Wetuski, Geneva Harding, Edith Harding and numerous nieces & nephews.

The family would like to thank Flora Brown and Hazel Holman for their loving care as well as the Hospice Plus Care Team.

Pallbearers will be Ron Kapalski, Mike Pavlik, Jay McKinzie, Jimmy McQuillen, Bill Sellers, William Truss, Horace Davis & Jim Worthing.