Berkley Goal “Buck” Hardee, Sr

Berkley Goal “Buck” Hardee, Sr

Birth
Loris, Horry County, South Carolina, USA
Death 16 Feb 2015 (aged 90)
Asheboro, Randolph County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Asheboro, Randolph County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 146497535 · View Source
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ASHEBORO — Berkley Goal Hardee Sr., passed away Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, at Hospice House of Randolph County.

He was born June 26, 1924, in Loris, S.C., to John Goal Hardee and Zellie V. Gilmore. He was the fourth of nine children. After graduating from high school in 1942, Mr. Hardee worked at the Wilmington Shipyard. He left the shipyard in 1943 so he could join the U.S. Army to fight for our country in World War II. He completed basic training at Fort Knox, Ky., received training to become a gunner and eventually received rank as a corporal. He served in Company C of the 712th Tank Battalion of General George Patton’s 90th Infantry Division and earned a Purple Heart. He attended his battalion’s reunions for many years and was honored to have participated in the “Flight of Honor” to Washington, D.C. sponsored by the Asheboro Rotary Club.

He married JoNita Gore from Conway, S.C., in 1948. He and JoNita moved from South Carolina to Asheboro in 1953 when Mr. Hardee became manager of Eagles Store on Sunset Avenue in Asheboro. He remained with Eagles until 1978 when he and his wife bought and operated Melvin’s Variety Store in Randleman. Although he retired in 1990, he continued to have a frequent presence in the store assisting customers and greeting everyone with his warm smile and sense of humor.

Following his retirement, he and his wife enjoyed travelling with friends throughout the U.S. and back to Europe where he fought in World War II. Mr. Hardee was a member of First Baptist Church of Asheboro. While managing the Eagles Store, he was actively involved in the chamber of commerce, Civitan club and Kiwanis club. He enjoyed being an active and contributing member of his community. He had a strong love for Randolph County and its people.

Mr. Hardee was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, JoNita Gore Hardee; brother, Lloyd Hardee of Loris, S.C.; sister, Alberta Brinson of Loris, S.C.; sister, Catherine Cox of North Augusta, Ga.; sister, Margaret Jacobs of Charleston, S.C.; and two infant brothers, Bertie and Durham Hardee.

He is survived by his sisters, Beatrice Todd of Loris, S.C. and Marie Harrell and husband Clinton of Suffolk, Va. In addition, he is survived by his four children and their families, Marsha Robson of Murrell’s Inlet, S.C., Dianne Hoffman and husband Edward of Raleigh, Berkley G. “Butch” Hardee Jr. and wife Brenda of Asheboro and Jori Jones and husband Philip of Pleasant Garden. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Yanna Robson Higgins and husband John of Cincinnati, Ohio, Ian Robson and wife April of Charlotte, Alec Robson of Seattle, Wash., Kristen Hoffman and fiancé Steve Lehrer of Raleigh, Lauren Hoffman Panameño and husband Carlos of Raleigh, Edward Hoffman III and wife Shannon of Raleigh, Berkley G. “Brad” Hardee III and wife Christy of New London, Ashley Terry Peterson and husband Brian of Somerset, N.J., Aaron Hardee and fiancé Brandy Tarrant of New London, Adam Jones and fiancé Natalie Martinez of Miami, Fla. and Samuel Jones and wife Kelly of Fort Richardson, Alaska. He is also survived by seven great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank the Durham VA Medical Center, Universal Healthcare in Ramseur, Randolph Hospital, Hospice of Randolph County and Johnnie Anderson for their exceptional care for Mr. Hardee. A heartfelt thank you is also extended to Ms. Carletta Hurley for having been a dear friend to their dad and the family during the past several years.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Feb. 21, at First Baptist Church in Asheboro, with visitation in the church from 10:30 a.m.-noon, followed by a memorial service at noon.

Burial will be at Randolph Memorial Park.

Arrangements are made by Pugh Funeral Home of Asheboro.

Memorials may be made to Hospice, First Baptist Church of Asheboro or charity of donor’s choice.


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  • Created by: M Steve Todd
  • Added: 15 May 2015
  • Find a Grave Memorial 146497535
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Berkley Goal “Buck” Hardee, Sr (26 Jun 1924–16 Feb 2015), Find a Grave Memorial no. 146497535, citing Randolph Memorial Park, Asheboro, Randolph County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by M Steve Todd (contributor 47996524) .