Doris Faye Blanton Hardin, age 74, died at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina, on October 2, 2017.
She was born April 29, 1943, in Lumberton, North Carolina, to Lucian and Doris Blanton. She met Jim, her husband, through mutual friends and they enjoyed dancing and shagging in Myrtle Beach when they were a young couple.
Doris Faye worked with Duplin County Schools at James Kenan High School as secretary of the guidance department. She loved interacting with teenagers because “it kept her young.” Also, she hosted at The Country Squire Restaurant because she liked conversing with people. Lastly, her employment at Kingoff Jewelers provided her happiness through aiding couples with engagement rings to represent the connection of marriage.
As an active member of Friendly Community Baptist Church she so enjoyed day trips with her Sunday school class. She loved shopping at flea markets, changing handbags to match her outfit, creating floral wreaths, eating and perusing the gift shop at Cracker Barrel, listening to Elvis, attending the movie theater with the biggest tub of butter popcorn and of course, “going off” with her friends.
Doris Faye touched the lives of others with her bubbly laughter and heartfelt advice. Her spirit of adventure was contagious and she maintained her sense of humor until the end. She not only reared Shaula and Jason, her children; she also brought up Donnie, her brother, and Ann-Martin, her niece. Her heart was so big; she adored and guided many young people. The Hardin household was always occupied with teenagers from the neighborhood because this energy filled Doris with contentment. She was definitely a mother figure to all.
Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Jimmy O. Hardin of Rocky Point; daughter, Shaula Hardin of Wallace; son, Jason Hardin and his wife, Tammy of Jim Thorpe, PA; grandchildren, River Hardin Hedgepeth, Gabriel Hardin, Dakota Rey, TJ Rey; brother, Donnie Blanton and his wife, Nancy of Wilmington; sister-in-law, Charlotte Blanton Philip of Wilmington; Nieces and Nephews, Ann-Martin (Marty) McCall Buffkin, Tres Blanton, Cody Blanton, Henry Daughtry, Kelly Daughtry Broccio and Alli Daughtry. Doris was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Skye Hardin Hedgepeth; brother, Luke Blanton; and sister, Judy Blanton McCall.
Her Life Celebration Memorial will be held at Friendly Community Baptist Church in Burgaw at 3:00 pm on Sunday, October 8, 2017 with Pastor Roger Brittingham.
Immediately following the ceremony, the family will greet guests at the church.
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Masonic Home for Children of Oxford, 600 West College Street, Oxford, NC 27565.
Shared memories and condolences can be sent to the family by selecting "Guest Book" above.
Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home Burgaw Chapel
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Shaula & family, what a delightful life this child of God lived.....made me happy, in a time of sadness, to read such a testimony of her life! Friendly won't be the same will it? Just to say I care and pray for each of you as you move through this time of genuine loss, seems small but it is from my heart! God blesses us each and every single day and I rejoice in her homecoming as surely has gone to Heaven. Love, Betty Blanton, Wallace
Submitted by Betty Blanton on Oct 5 2017 09:18:58 AM
I am a James Kenan classmate of Jason's and knowing Mrs Hardin as well as loving Mrs. Hardin go hand and hand. She always wore a smile and made you feel like someone cared. I know she will be missed but Her family and this world has gained an Amazing Guardian Angel.
Submitted by Darlene Bell Rogers on Oct 5 2017 06:06:28 AM
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