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In Memory of

Donald Ray Hardman

May 6, 1938 - May 17, 2017

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Donald Ray Hardman
Born on May 6, 1938 to parents Grover "Tobe" and Gladys Hardman in Goodwater, Ala. Ray was the oldest of 4 children. After "stirring around" quite a bit the family landed in the Central Gulf Coastal area of Florida.
Ray graduated from Tarpon Springs High School, married and had 3 daughters, Cindy, Patty and Holly. He was an Electrician by day, Little League coach at night and a Youth Leader at his home church in Palm Harbor. He had a true heart for serving others including a mission trip as far...

Donald Ray Hardman
Born on May 6, 1938 to parents Grover "Tobe" and Gladys Hardman in Goodwater, Ala. Ray was the oldest of 4 children. After "stirring around" quite a bit the family landed in the Central Gulf Coastal area of Florida.
Ray graduated from Tarpon Springs High School, married and had 3 daughters, Cindy, Patty and Holly. He was an Electrician by day, Little League coach at night and a Youth Leader at his home church in Palm Harbor. He had a true heart for serving others including a mission trip as far away as Bogota, Columbia to help build an orphanage. He had an insatiable love for sports but particularly the University of Florida Gator Football and the Boston Red Sox! He spent most Saturdays in Gainesville watching his beloved Gators in action during the fall. Some would call it an obsession of a sport but he just called it Love for the Orange and Blue.
After relocating to the panhandle of North Florida, Ray opened his own business and ran Hardman Electric in Quincy, Florida. And no worries, we could still get to Gainesville in 2 hrs and 15 mins for all the home games. We only had to leave our house at 8:00am for a 4:00pm start time, because we HAD to get there early or "all the good parking spots were gone", but we were always one of the only few there that early!
A few years passed, the girls were growing up and Ray is now single again. He met a long legged kid that played basketball for and went to school with the girls named Harold "Billy" Dean. Harold's father had passed and he took him under his wing as a Father figure. (Oh and he could sing pretty good too!)
Ray would go on to close down his Electric Company pack it up and move to Nashville, Tennessee with Harold to help him make it in the music business, as he had found the Son he never had in Billy. This was the beginning of an era for him that he had great pleasure in for many years. As he traveled around the country with Billy Dean and his Regulators and seeing so many sites Ray grew tired of the road and settled down in Nashville. This is where a sweet hard working woman caught his eye at the Pancake Pantry named Kathy. Ray and Kathy courted, married and enjoyed grand-parenting together! It is then that he gained another Son, Thomas and yet another daughter Karissa.
As he grew older time began to take a toll on him. He battled several major health issues that he always put a positive spin on and was determined to never get him down! He continued to fight hard and keep a sweet smile on his face throughout. He kept his head up and remained very dignified until his journey on earth was finished on May 17, 2017.
There is not one person that he came in contact with throughout his life that he didn't leave a positive impression on with the exception of a few people that may have crossed his kids or tried to get backstage to see Billy.
There is no doubt where his faithful sweet soul is and if you want to see him again, you better "get right with God'. Oh and don't try calling him, because the big game is on!
He was preceded in death by his Mother and Father, a sister Betty "Toogie" Perino and 2 Brother In Laws, Eddie Perino and Tommy Reginos. His Mother In Law, Ruth Hamlin.

He is survived by his wife Kathy Hardman, brother Jack Hardman (Donna), sister Bobbie Reginos, daughters, Cindy (Boni) Ramirez, Patty Kirby (George), Holly Carlton (Donnie) and Karissa Phillips (Steven) and son Thomas Hampton (Jessica). Grandchildren, Will Womack, Zach Womack, Samantha Hardman, Kynsley Carlton, Kamryn Carlton, Kaitlyn Phillips, Stevie Phillips, Cain Hampton, Cobe Hampton, Gabe Hampton. Great Grandchild, Lennon Hardman and a host of nieces and nephews.