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OBITUARY

James "Jimmy" Griffin Hardegree

August 17, 1930November 8, 2019
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Mr. James Griffin Hardegree “Jimmy”, age 89, of Winder, passed away on Friday, November 8, 2019 at his home.

He was born on August 17, 1930 in Winder. He was the son of the late James E. (Dock) Hardegree and Mary Elder Hardegree.

Mr. Hardegree was a veteran, having served in the United States Air Force in 1950-1954. He retired from Lockheed Martin in 1993 and has enjoyed his retirement remodeling his home and enjoying country life at his old home place with family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by Catherine Langford Hardegree and Patricia Robertson Hardegree. He was also preceded in death by his siblings, Elmer Joe Hardegree, Donald Randolph Hardegree, Dorothy Catherine Hardegree Mobley and a special companion, Joann Eberhart. Mr. Hardegree is survived by his children, Suzanne Hardegree (Mike) Hamburg, Steven Davis Hardegree, and Patricia Lynn Hardegree (Mike) Gatewood; grandchildren, Emily (Michael) Cooper, Leigh (Drew) Jenne, Alex (Jessie) Howard, and Stephanie Hamburg; great-grandchildren, Turner Griffith and Linux Cooper; sister-in-law, Lema Wages Hardegree, numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, a loving extended family, and a special companion, Charlie Jo Watson.

Needless to say, he was surrounded by a host of family and friends who loved him very much. The family wants to also thank all of their caregivers; Judy Steele, who was so loving and good to their dad from the beginning of his hospice care, Tammy Brooks and Amber Manders, who also provided loving care. Also, a special thanks goes out to their medical team, Rita, Rufina, Brandy, Hilary, Jodi, and others who filled in and became part of the family.

The funeral service honoring and celebrating the life of Mr. Jimmy Hardegree will be held on Monday, November 11, 2019, Veteran’s Day, at 1:00 p.m. at Chapel Christian Church with the Reverend Calvin Haney and Reverend Greg Moore officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in the Chapel Christian Church Cemetery. The family will be receiving friends on Sunday, November 10, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Winder.

The family has respectfully requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in memory of Mr. Hardegree to Chapel Christian Church, the First United Methodist Church of Winder, or a charity of your choice.

Online condolences can be offered to the family at www.smithmemorychapel.com

Smith Funeral Home, Winder, is entrusted with the arrangements for Mr. Jimmy Hardegree.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, November 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, November 11, 2019

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Patricia Summers

November 10, 2019

So sorry to hear of the loss of cousin Jimmy. I have a picture of him from his army days, and I always referred to him as " my good looking cousin Jimmy"!!

Mary Emma "Jinx" Miller

November 9, 2019

Seventeen 1st cousins, descendants of Dr. "Griff" and Emma Segars Elder, lived to adulthood. Pictured are Marge, Beth, Linda, Pat, Jimmy, Frances, Sue, Sara Emma, Elmer Joe, Jinx, Mary Jane, Donald, Anne, John, and Sara Anne. Only 2 are missing from this 2012 photo, Dottie and JoeJoe.

Mary Emma "Jinx" Miller

November 9, 2019

Mary Emma "Jinx" Miller

November 9, 2019

Mary Emma "Jinx" Miller

November 9, 2019

Margie Ruth, Linda Anne, and I hero-worshipped Jimmy and all four of our Harde(i)gree cousins. Jimmy was closer to our age, so we have fond memories of running and playing cowboys in the cornfields. In retrospect, I know that he was just being nice to his little cousins. One summer, when he was too grown up to play with lil' girls, Jimmy, the young man, spoiled me rotten. He was working at the theater in Winder, and he helped out at their store on the highway. Daytimes, he'd take me to the theater with him and give me all the popcorn and soft drinks that I wanted. Later, when we went back home, he let me have as many Nehi Chocolate Drinks and Mounds candy bars that I could swallow. I can still taste the awful burps I had after a day or so of all that junk and remember my amazement that this was happening to me. I was too embarrassed to tell Aunt Mary and, too greedy to willingly give up the free ride, I hated to admit that I didn't want any more snacks. Can't you just see him grin, eyes twinkling, laughing at my dilemma?

Gaye Patrick-Farmer

November 9, 2019

A visit with Jimmy was always an enjoyable experience! He was a great friend to my Dad, Ben Patrick. He was a wonderful “Cuz” to my Mom, Sara Patrick. I remember them sharing many memories of Jimmy. He was always good for a wonderful story and a joke. His smile lit up the room and was very contagious. He brought a lot of joy to everyone . You will be missed Jimmy. My love and prayers to all of the family and friends.

Debbie Hardegree

November 9, 2019

I have so many wonderful memories of my sweet Uncle Jimmy. He loved a funny joke or story, and told them so well! My Mama shared her favorite memory of him many times, including the last time she visited him: When she first met Jimmy (her future brother-in-law), he was a blonde-haired youth riding a bicycle around the yard with a cat riding in the bike’s basket! Uncle Jimmy said that the cat enjoyed it.
Rest In Peace, and God bless.

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