The funeral service will be conducted at 12:00 Noon, Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church, Bridges Street, Buena Vista, Georgia. Pastor Zechariah A. Terry, pastor of Evans Chapel C.M.E. Church, will officiate. Interment will follow in the Hillard Chapel C.M.E. Church Cemetery, Brantley Community, Buena Vista, Marion County, Georgia.
Brother Hardison was born August 2, 1910 in Chattahoochee County, Georgia to the late Jessie Hardison and Millie Cook Hardison. Born in a family of nine siblings, he was preceded in death by eight siblings. He was educated in the public school system of Chattahoochee and Marion Counties. He came from a pioneering family of hard-working farmers and who believed in rearing their children in a Godly manner.
At a very early age, he gave his hand to God and joined the band of Christians believers at the Hillard Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Brantley Community. He served in many official positions of the church including chairman of the Steward Board Ministry for a number of untiring years. He was one of the last stewards and trustees who helped to build the new concrete block building as it stands today.
After moving to Buena Vista, Georgia at the age of 18 years old, he met and married his wife, Essie Mae Douglas on November 2, 1928, and to this union, they were blessed with sixteen children. Four of his beautiful children preceded him in death, including Mae Francis Williams, Mary L. Hardison, Charlie C. Hardison, and Ozell Hardison. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Essie; his parents, Jessie and Millie; and his eight siblings.
Brother Hardison was a pillar of the community. After thirty-five years of affiliation and dedication with the Masonic Lodge No. 446 4th District of Columbus, Georgia, he was awarded his Gold Card as a lifetime member and was the recipient of the Legacy Award “Trail Blazer.”
At the time of his passing, Brother Jessie Hardison was the oldest citizen of Buena Vista, Georgia. He fought a good fight, finished his course, kept the faith, and had a long wonderful journey of 104 years
Left to remember him with love and affections are his twelve children, Jessie Hardison, Jr, Camden, New Jersey, Christine Scott, College Park, Georgia, Essie Hardison, Columbus, Georgia, Johnny M. Hardison (Rebecca), Pennsauken, New Jersey, Betty J. Hardison, Riverdale, Georgia, Millie R. Robinson, Columbus, Georgia, Willie J. Hardison (Florence), Columbus, Georgia, Martha Ivey (Walter), Atlanta, Georgia, Dorothy Minter (Leonard, who was very devoted and dependable), Buena Vista, Georgia, Delois Hardison, Camden, New Jersey, and Eugene Hardison (Shirley), Fairburn, Georgia; a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; his adopted children, Jimmy Milner, Elder Linton Hawkins, and Lois McBride; lifetime friends, Susan Fudge, Mary McBride and Annie Odums; and a host of other relatives and friends, including the Hillard Chapel C.M.E. Church family.