Edward Leon Hardin of Bagley (Dora), Alabama passed away on August 27, 2018 at the age of 92. He was born to Mattie and Elmer Hardin in Blount County, Alabama on December 7, 1925.
As the son of a sharecropper in the 1940s, he missed a lot of school to work in the fields. When WWII came around, he quit school to join the Army. As a member of the 86th Blackhawk Division, he served from April 1944 to June 1946. He had the honor of being in three different campaigns of war, winning a marksmanship medal and a Bronze Star.
Returning home after the war, he went back to school and graduated from Locust Fork High School. On December 23, 1946, he married Rena Jackson in Oneonta, Alabama and had three children. He worked for the Alabama State Highway Department for 28 years, retiring at the age of 54.
A longtime member of New Temple Baptist Church, he served as a Sunday School teacher and a deacon for 30 years. He was a very active member until his health declined. After his wife Rena passed away, he met Betty Ingram and they were married on June 1, 1991. They enjoyed spending time together, fishing, gardening, and watching the Atlanta Braves.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mattie and Elmer; his sisters, Marie Russell, Christine Loftis, and Peggy Owens; and his brother, Nelson Hardin. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Rena Jackson Hardin; and son, David Allen Hardin.
Survivors include wife, Betty Hardin; daughter, Norma J. Gober (Terry); son, Kenneth W. Hardin (Amelia); grandchildren, Jared and Alison Hardin, Eddie and Gabriel Hardin and Casey Cooper; stepchildren, Teri Jacob, David Nix (Karen), and Kim Poole (Tim); several step-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
A celebration of his life will be held today, August 29, 2018, with Reverends J.J. Creel, Roy Carreker and Donnie Smith officiating. Family will receive visitors from 11 a.m. until 12 noon with service following. A military service will be held at McCormacks Cemetery.
New Horizon Funeral Home, Dora; 205-648-2323