A graveside service for John Wallace Hardin will be held on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, at 2 p.m. in Rose Hill Cemetery in Tyler with Rev. Elwood Stetson officiating under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.
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John went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Chris, on Aug. 28, 2014, at 87 years of age, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on Dec. 15, 1926, in Eldorado, Ark., to Veatrice Oxford Hardin and Charlie Hardin. He spent his early years in Tyler and Henderson. After graduating from Tyler High School in 1944, he attended the University of Arkansas. While there, he joined the United States Navy and was placed in the V12 officer candidate training program, attending Texas Christian University and The University of Texas. After 2 1/2 years, he was honorably discharged and returned to Tyler where he met his wife. He then enrolled in SMU and received his B.S. degree in medical art and then attended Southwestern Medical School for two years, receiving a masters degree in medical art.
John pursued his training at the Calvin Company in Kansas City, Mo., for nine months before returning to Tyler to work in the construction business with his stepfather, R.L. "Dick" Clanahan, whom he loved and admired so very much. After Mr. Clanahan's death, John formed the John Hardin Construction Co. and was blessed to build Robert E. Lee High School, John Tyler High School and several other schools. He also built the Wagstaff Gym and the planetarium at Tyler Junior College. He later joined C. Company and built the Tyler Public Library.
John loved to fly his Beechcraft Baron twin engine airplane to construction jobs from California across the southwest to Arizona, New Mexico and to Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.
Through the years, John was proud to be a member of the Associated General Contractors of America. He was very active in that organization and served as president of the East Texas chapter and later as a state president. He served on the National Board of Directors for many years. On April 21, 2005, he was awarded an Honorary Lifetime Membership.
John was one of the founding partners, along with Richard Harvey and Shirley Simons, to form the Tyler Freedom Forum. They had a three-day seminar, which included many national anti-communist speakers such as Paul Harvey. He was also a past president of the Tyler YMCA.
John is survived by his wife of 65 years, Lois Kirkham Hardin; son, Bill Hardin and wife Glenda; grandchildren, Heather Hardin Shaid and husband Trey, John William Hardin and wife Cara, Mark Daniel Hardin; great-grandson, Brice Shaid; sister, Doris Clanahan Salfrank; and several nieces and nephews.
Honorary pallbearers will be his three grandsons and nephews, Keith Cummings and Craig Hester.
We wish to thank the staff at Waterton Plaza, who took such loving care of John.
If desired, memorials may be made to Bible Teaching Resources by Don Anderson Ministries, P.O. Box 6611, Tyler, 75711-6611; or a
Stewart Family Funeral Home
7525 Old Jacksonville Highway
Tyler, TX 75703
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Aug. 30, 2014