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 Joseph Henry Harden

Joseph Henry Harden

Auburn, Lee County, Alabama, USA
Death 10 Apr 1999 (aged 82)
Paris, Henry County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Paris, Henry County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 100048778 · View Source
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The following obituary was published Thursday, April 15, 1999, in The Paris Post-Intelligencer, Paris, Tennessee, USA.

J. H. Harden

Joseph Henry Harden was born in Auburn, Ala., on Jan. 31, 1917, the son of Thomas and Mary Williams Harden, both now deceased. He was the younger of two children. A sister, Ruby, was Mrs. John Collins at her death in 1962. While he was yet very young, the Hardens moved to Rome, Ga., where he resided until inducted in the United States Army in 1942.

At age 13, he was converted and joined the Hosley Temple CME Church in Rome, Ga., where his membership remained until he united with Warren Chapel (now Allen Temple) CME Church, Paris, in 1948. He once served as Sunday school superintendent, and afterwards as adult class teacher. It was customary for him to visit many churches, without regard to denomination.

As manager and narrator of The Golden Voices area singing unit from 1963-1994, he was heard with them for 25 years, every Sunday morning on radio station WTPR, Paris. The Voices also traveled widely, and appeared on several telecasts.

Harden graduated as class salutatorian from Main High School, in Rome, where he wrote the words for the school's alma mater, and from State Teachers College, Forsyth, Ga. He subsequently served as principal at two schools in Georgia, prior to entering the Army.

After his discharge, he enrolled at Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tenn., from which he received the bachelor of science degree, with distinction, in 1947. His graduate studies were done at Tennessee State University and Murray State University, Murray, Ky.

While in military service at Camp Tyson, Tenn., he was married to Elizabeth Diggs of Paris on Nov. 27, 1943, and their home was blessed with two daughters, Elizabeth Ann and Janet Olive. They were divorced in 1972.

He came to the Henry County Training School, Paris, as eighth-grade teacher and assistant principal in September 1947. He became acting principal in 1948, and was principal from 1949 until the school closed in 1968.

He then was appointed assistant superintendent and served as supervisor of guidance and attendance for Paris Special School District. He retained that post until 1985. He was an unprecedented two-term president of Paris City Teachers Association, from 1970-72.

His civic concern and interest in sports and recreation kept him in constant and useful contact with widespread community activities. He was instrumental in the equipping of Johnson Park with flood lights and the organizing of the first little league teams to play there. He was named the recreational director of the park in 1952, and continued in that position until 1978.

Miss Joyce was his devoted companion for 24 years. During the period of his life when loving care was needed most, she provided that care. As a result, he neither lived nor died alone.

For J.H. Harden, terrestrial day ended at 7:40 on Saturday evening, April 10, 1999.

He leaves a legacy of love and civic responsibility to his daughters, Elizabeth Ann Harden Chambliss and Janet Olive Harden Bunch, Decatur, Ill.; devoted companion Joyce Scates;

Grandchildren, Lemont Alandr (Tina) Chambliss, Tampa, Fla., Joel Lemont (Shelby) Bunch and Janae Charlese Bunch, Decatur, Ill.;

Great-grandchildren, Ashton Gage Bray, Devyn Alandre, DruAnn and Danae Alyse Bunch, Decatur, Ill., and Andrayas Joel Chambliss, Tampa, Fla.; and numerous relatives and friends.

The funeral service for Harden will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Quinn Chapel AME Church with the Rev. A. Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be alumni from the H.C.T.S.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Rawls Funeral Home.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Henry Harden (31 Jan 1917–10 Apr 1999), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100048778, citing Greenwood Cemetery, Paris, Henry County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by John R. Dunlap, Jr. (contributor 47442255) .