Benny Ray Hardison

August 7, 1944 - February 7, 2024
Benny Ray Hardison

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Benny Ray Hardison, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, passed away peacefully on February 7, 2024, in Wilmington, North Carolina. He was born on August 7, 1944, in Martin County, North Carolina. Benny was 79 years old at the time of his passing.

Benny dedicated 33 years of his life to General Electric, where he worked in Shipping and Receiving. He was known for his exceptional work ethic and commitment to his job. Outside of work, Benny found joy in coaching youth baseball, a role he fulfilled for most of his life. He was affectionately known as “Coach Benny” in his local community, where his guidance and love for the sport made a lasting impact on the lives of many young athletes. Additionally, he was a passionate fan of the UNC Tarheels and cherished any opportunity to cheer them on. Benny’s love for the beach was unparalleled, and he found solace and happiness whenever he had the chance to be by the ocean.

Benny was a member of the Elks Club in Wilmington and Oak Island, where he formed lifelong friendships and shared countless memorable moments. He was a valued presence within these communities and always ready to lend a helping hand. Benny’s warm smile, generous spirit, and unwavering dedication will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Benny is preceded in death by his father, Milton James Hardison, and his mother, Isabelle Hardison Brock.

He leaves behind a legacy of love and wonderful memories that will forever be cherished by his surviving family. His wife of 53 years, Lauretta “Laure” Lane Hardison. Benny’s children, Richard Hardison, Kimberly Blackman, and Cynthia Hickman and husband Mack, were his pride and joy. He adored his grandchildren, Lane Joyner and husband Greg, Colton Blackman, Dylan Hickman, and Ethan Hickman. Benny’s siblings, Milton Hardison, Doris Prendergast, James Hardison, Richard Brock and wife Carol, Bill Brock and wife Terry, Eddie Brock and wife Sharon, Susan Thompson and husband Marcus, will miss his presence dearly.

A Celebration of Life is to be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at Bill’s Front Porch. All are welcome to attend to remember Benny’s life.

Benny Ray Hardison will forever be remembered for his kindness, dedication, and love for his family, friends, and community. May he rest in peace, knowing that his legacy lives on in the hearts of those he touched.

Family request to consider a memorial gift in memory of Benny to the Zimmer Cancer Center, 2131 S. 17th Street Wilmington, NC 28403.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403 910-791-9099

Celebration of Life

Saturday, March 2, 2024
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Bill’s Front Porch - Directions
4238 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28403


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  • February 15, 2024
    Donna says:
    Will always remember Coach Benny as a man who was great with the kids he coached and coached for all the right reasons. May he RIP. Big loss to the game of Little League Baseball. With Love from the Poveromo Family

  • February 14, 2024
    Jennifer/Lee Odham says:
    Coach Benny was a great man! He will be truly missed! His family are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Lee, Jennifer, and Tristen Odham

  • February 13, 2024
    RB & Pam Brity says:
    He will be missed by many! Wonderful family💖

  • February 12, 2024
    Sue hartley says:
    We feel so blessed to have met Benny and Laure while we were at our house at Oak Island. We liked to refer to him as the “mayor” because he was always caught up on the latest happenings on island. I can’t remember a time that he failed to make me laugh whenever we talked. He was a kind and caring man and we will miss his smiling face and quick wit. Rest in peace Benny. You fought a good fight! Love. Don and Sue Hartley

  • February 12, 2024
    Melinda Hoopaugh says:
    Benny was always so kind! He did not miss a chance of giving me a shout out and a wave when I was at the beach. A wonderful man with an endearing smile and spirit.