Daniel Ray Hardison, Sr.

February 16, 1943 - March 23, 2024
Daniel Ray Hardison, Sr.

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Daniel Ray Hardison, Sr, a native of Wilmington, NC, passed away unexpectedly at home on March 23, 2024 after a brief illness.

Daniel was born on February 16, 1943 to Margaret Mintz Hardison and Riley Vance Hardison, Sr. Daniel, the baby in his family of nine children, was a graduate of New Hanover High School. He was in the metal fencing business for the majority of his working life and was a long-time member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Daniel was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Marie Potter Hardison, his parents, and four brothers, Vance, Charles, Harold, and Jack Hardison. He is survived by his son, Daniel Ray Hardison, Jr and daughter-in-law Sheila Lorek Hardison, four grandchildren, Ryan (Danielle), Jacob, Nathan, and Tessa Hardison, brothers Horace (Maggie) and Donald (Joyce) Hardison, sisters Margaret (David) Bishop and Rececca Smith, and many nieces and nephews who all loved him very much.

Being the baby in the family, he was dearly loved by his brothers and sisters, and his four grandchildren held a special place in his heart. Daniel was a Christian who loved his Lord. He will be missed very much by all who loved him.

A visitation for family and friends will be held at Wilmington Funeral and Cremation, Wilmington Chapel, on Wednesday, March 27 at 10 am followed by a Memorial Service at 11am.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity in Daniel’s memory.

On line condolences may be sent to www. wilmingtoncares.com.
Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 South 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403 910-791-9909.




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  • April 12, 2024
    Bert Reaves says:
    Danny, I have so many fond memories of your dad. All the years that we were neighbors growing up. I’ll always remember all the good times we had. Both your dad and mom were always so nice. The red truck your dad drove with all of his fencing material along with your dog Pepper. Take care my friend and may God give you strength in the weeks and years ahead of you.

  • April 12, 2024
    Dave & Cindy says:
    Sharing prayers with Daniel’s family. It has been our pleasure to serve him these past few years. His spirit of kindness with a warm smile was a sweet reminder of the special place we all have in the world. We missed you today, but winked upward! 🙏🏻

  • March 29, 2024
    Michael and Suzanne Szalkiewicz says:
    Danny, We were truly saddened to learn of your Dad’s passing. We are praying for you, Shelia, and the rest of your family as you go through this very difficult time. May God comfort your family and give your Dad eternal peace.

  • March 27, 2024
    Joe and Amelia Dixon says:
    Joe and I have found memories of the Hardison family at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Danny we loved seeing your family. Peace be with you’ll through this sad time. We moved to The Woodlands, TX last June and are close to Jeff and family. Joe and Amelia Dixon

  • March 26, 2024
    Kim Ward says:
    I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Hardison's passing. He was always such a kind man. I am thinking of all you guys and praying you will find peace during this difficult time.