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McMillan Funeral Home

702 West College Street, Booneville, MS

OBITUARY

Gerald Dayton Hardin

August 12, 1934March 10, 2020
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Gerald Dayton Hardin passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at Sanctuary Hospice in Tupelo. He was born August 12, 1934 to the late Dayton Harden and Elzie Mae Cooper Brinkley. Gerald married Sadie Yates on June 7, 1953. She was the love of his life. He proudly served his country in the United States Army. He was employed at Plumrose for 28 years. After 20 years of service at Tennessee Valley Regional Housing Authority he retired.

He was a member of West Booneville Church of Christ where he proudly served as a deacon. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 12, at 2:00 P.M. at McMillan Funeral home with Bro. Ward Hogland and Bro. Jerry Trimble officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at the funeral home. McMillan Funeral Home will be in charge of the services. He enjoyed drag racing and sports especially when his grandchildren and great grandchildren were playing. He enjoyed spending time with his family and loved them dearly.

He is survived by his wife Sadie Hardin, one son, Greg (Denise) Hardin, three grandchildren, Jonathan (Crystel) Hardin, Julie (Josh) Green, Anthony(Anna) Hardin, seven great-grandchildren Jake Hardin, Eliza, Elysa, and Easton Green, Haze, Grace Ann, and Teagan Hardin. His sisters Linda Sue Bentley and Martha Ann (Johnny) Cleveland and one brother Jackie Hardin. Three sister in laws Martha (Douglas) Jumper, Linda McCreary and Karen Brinkley, one brother in law Clovis Guy Yates. And a host of relatives and friends.

He was proceeded in death by his parents; stepfather, Almos Brinkley; grandparents, William and Ethel Cooper, and Walter and Minnie Harden; one brother Larry Brinkley; and one sister Nelda Grimes.

Pallbearers are Jonathan Hardin, Anthony Hardin, Josh Green, Jerry Green, Michael McCreary, and Bert Ward.

Honorary Pallbearers are Billy Brumley, Larry Green, Mitchell Miller, Robbie Bridges, and Jerald Johnson.

Condolences may left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Sadie Hardin, Wife
  • Greg Hardin (Denise), Son
  • Jonathan Hardin (Crystel), Grandchild
  • Julie Green (Josh), Grandchild
  • Anthony Hardin (Anna), Grandchild
  • Jake Hardin, Great Grandchild
  • Eliza Green, Great Grandchild
  • Elysa Green, Great Grandchild
  • Easton Green, Great Grandchild
  • Haze Hardin, Great Grandchild
  • Grace Ann Hardin, Great Grandchild
  • Teagan Hardin, Great Grandchild
  • Linda Sue Bentley, Sister
  • Martha Ann Cleveland (Johnny), Sister
  • Jackie Hardin, Brother
  • Martha Jumper (Douglas), Sister-in-law
  • Linda McCreary, Sister-in-law
  • Karen Brinkley, Sister-in-law
  • Clovis Guy Yates, Brother-in-law
  • Dayton Harden, Father (deceased)
  • Elzi Mae Cooper Brinkley, Mother (deceased)
  • Almos Brinkley, Step Father (deceased)
  • William and Ethel Cooper, Grandparents (deceased)
  • Walter and Minnie Harden, Grandparents (deceased)
  • Larry Brinkley, Brother (deceased)
  • Nelda Grimes, Sister (deceased)
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jonathan Hardin, Pallbearer
  • Anthony Hardin, Pallbearer
  • Josh Green, Pallbearer
  • Jerry Green, Pallbearer
  • Michael McCreary, Pallbearer
  • Bert Ward, Pallbearer
  • Billy Brumley, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Larry Green, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Mitchell Miller, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Robbie Bridges, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jerald Johnson, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, March 11, 2020
  • A Celebration of Life Thursday, March 12, 2020

Memories

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Rickey Derrick

March 12, 2020

Mrs Hardin and family just wanted to say I am so sorry about Gearld passing he was a great man we had alot of good days at work at tvrha. If there anything I could do please let me know will be glad to help out any way I can .
Rickey Derrick

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Biography

      Gerald Dayton Hardin was known as many things to many people. He was a loved one, a friend, and a someone special. To family and friends who knew him best, Gerald will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

      Gerald was born on August 12, 1934, at his home in Rienzi, MS. He was the son of Dayton Harden and Elzie Mae Cooper Brinkley. Gerald grew up in Prentiss and Alcorn counties.

      Gerald was raised with five siblings. He had two half-brothers, Larry Brinkley and Jackie Harden; and three half-sisters, Nelda Grimes, Linda Sue Bentley, and Martha Ann Cleveland. Gerald was usually involved in all sorts of activities with his siblings. He and his siblings experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, but they shared many life experiences over the years.

      As a young boy, Gerald had a number of interests. Like most children, he enjoyed playing and making up games. He was curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. Gerald was an active child who took part in basketball. He was a member of the 4-H and FFA clubs while in school. In his spare time he liked riding his horse to town to watch movies. However, to Gerald, the most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with his friends.

      A typical teenager, Gerald had a fairly happy high school experience, making that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He graduated from Jumpertown High School in 1953. He enjoyed some classes more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers. His favorite class in high school was math. In addition, he will be remembered by being selected most intellectual during his senior year in high school, being elected class Vice President, and working as an assistant editor for the year book staff.

      Gerald enjoyed his college years, which may have been a challenge with all of the academics, responsibilities, and the sudden freedom that accompanied them, but Gerald was able to manage the balancing act. He took some business courses, but did not finish.

      Always considered a “good” friend to those he knew, Gerald enjoyed a broad group of acquaintances and several very close friends during his lifetime. While growing up, some of his best friends were Gary Cooper, Junir Jumper, Anthony Yates, Mike Green, and Hershel Potts. Later in life, he became friends with Gerald Green, Dougles Jumper, Bill Patrick, Wayne McCreary, Jeff Williams, Billy Williams, and Allen Durham.

      On June 7, 1953 Gerald exchanged wedding vows with Saide Mae Yates at the preachers home of Booneville, MS. Empathic and loyal, Gerald was committed to making his new family happy.

      Gerald worked hard to be a good father to his children and he did his best to fulfill their needs. Gerald was blessed with one son, Gregory Gerald Hardin. Another blessing for Gerald was the gift of three grandchildren, Jonathan, Julie, and Anthony.

      Fortunately, Gerald enjoyed what he did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, Gerald worked diligently and did his best to succeed in his career. His primary occupation was doing commercial and residential maintenance. He was employed for Plumrose for twenty-eight years, then retired from Tennessee Valley Regional Housing Authority after twenty more years. Gerald always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Gerald was an Army venteran. He was stationed in Fort Benning, GA. Through his hard work, he achieved the rank of Specialist 4 (E-4). His fellow soldiers viewed him as a brother in arms and knew that he was as much a part of their family as their loved ones back home.

      Gerald enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were drag racing, watching sports, and wathcing western movies. He was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Gerald found pleasure in sports. In high school, Gerald played basktetball. Gerald was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he had the chance to do so. Tops on his list were football and basketball.

      Throughout his life, Gerald was a doer and was always actively involved in professional and community organizations. In high school, Gerald was a member of the 4-H and FFA clubs.

      Gerald was a man who took pride in upholding his beliefs. Politically, Gerald was a strong supporter of the Republican Party.

      Gerald’s faith was important to him. He was a member of West Booneville Church of Christ for fifty-five years. During that time, he was a deacon.

      Gerald enjoyed traveling and time away on vacations. It was a chance for him to renew and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Favorite vacations included the Smokie Mountains, Panama City, FL, and Biloxi, MS.

      When Gerald’s retirement finally arrived in December 1, 2008, he was well prepared. In retirement, he found new pleasure in staying active in church and spending time with his family. Even in retirement, Gerald continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. Gerald was active in his community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered him.

      Gerald passed away on March 10, 2020, at the Sanctuary Hospice in Tupelo, MS. He is survived by his son, Greg; his grandchildren, Jonathan, Julie, and Anthony; his great-grandchildren, Jake, Eliza, Elysa, Easton, Haze, Grace Ann, and Teagan; his brother, Jackie; and his sisters, Linda Sue and Martha Ann. Services were held at McMillan Funeral Home on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. Gerald was laid to rest in Oaklawn Memorial Park in Booneville, MS.

      Simply stated, Gerald was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Gerald leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Gerald Dayton Hardin.