Amos Bealle Hardin

AMOS BEALL HARDIN was born April 16, 1883 in Texas, and died March 23, 1972 in Kerr County, TX (Source: Texas Death Index.). He was the son of William Abijah Hardin and Martha York. He married FLORENCE E. WOOTEN Abt. 1904. She was born Abt. 1883 in Texas, and died February 05, 1967 in Kerr County, TX (Source: Texas Death Index.).

Obituary for William Ervin Hardin from Kerrville Daily Times:

Ervin was a grandson of two Kerr County pioneers: William Abijah Hardin and Judge Thomas Jeffress Wootton. He was born to Amos Beall and Florence Wootton Hardin on October 13, 1910, in Canadian, Hemphill County, Texas. He was reared primarily in the Hunt (formerly “Japonica”) community, attending elementary school at Hunt and Tivy High School in Kerrville.

Ervin Hardin was a family man. On September 6, 1931, he was married to Maurine Marie Hunt in Lovington, New Mexico. They reared three children. Ervin and Maurine celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary shortly before Maurine?s death in Kerrville on September 10, 1999.

Ervin was a businessman. For practically all of his long life, Ervin was an industrious worker. He had a tremendous work ethic and was scrupulously honest in all of his dealings. When he was eighteen years of age, he drove a Model “T” gravel truck during the construction of the “South Fork Road” from Hunt to Station C. As a young married man of 21 years, he and his wife, Maurine, managed the old “Hope Ranch” on the North Fork of the Guadalupe. At age 23, he borrowed $150 from the First State Bank of Kerrville and established a grocery business at Hunt. In 1938, he opened a grocery store in Ingram; in 1943, he moved to Kerrville and opened a grocery store (right across from the old Post Office on Earl Garrett Street). During the Second World War, Ervin established a Wholesale Grocery enterprise in Kerrville. Right after the War, he founded a chain of “Your Way Food Stores” in Kerrville, Hunt and New Braunfels.

In the 1950’s, Ervin quit the grocery business and established a dairy business on the family farm between Kerrville and Bandera. He sold milk to the Peterson Creamery in Kerrville for several years and later sold his milk to the Borden Company in San Antonio. He operated the dairy for approximately 20 years, winning a “Dairyman of the Year” award in the South Texas Producers Association. Semi-retired, Ervin worked for many years, keeping books for various businesses in and around Kerrville and assisting people with their tax returns.

Ervin Hardin was a sportsman. From his youth he enjoyed deer hunting. He was an accomplished marksman with a rifle. He loved to fish, especially for bass in the Guadalupe River. He was an expert domino player. Past 90 years of age? in 2001 and in 2002?he received gold medals in the Kerrville Seniors Games, playing the game of ?42.

Ervin Hardin was a Christian and a churchman. He was converted to Christ when he was 17 years of age, being baptized in the Guadalupe River by the Hunt Baptist Church. In 1943, Ervin was ordained a Deacon by the First Baptist Church of Ingram. He served as an active deacon in First Baptist Churches of Ingram, Kerrville, Bandera and Center Point. He served as Chairman of the Building Committee for Kerrville First Baptist Church when the Worship building was erected in 1951. He and his wife, Maurine, were active choir members of the various churches to which they belonged. For the past year, Ervin has been a member of the Kerrville Sunrise Baptist Church, where his son, Melburn, serves as pastor.

He is survived by one sister, Velta Hardin Hunt, of Kerrville; two sons: Dale E. Hardin, Sr., (and wife, Pam) of Hunt; Dr. Melburn H. “Mel” Hardin (and wife, Carol) of Kerrville; a daughter, Carole Marie Richardson (and husband, Richard J.) of New Braunfels, 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends who mourn his passing.

Funeral services will be held at Western Hills Baptist Church, Kerrville, at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 11, 2004, with the Reverend Doctor Melburn Hardin and the Reverend William Moseley officiating.

Special music will be provided by combined choirs of Sunrise Baptist Church and Western Hills Baptist Church, (under the direction of Mr. Dale Hardin), Mr. Dale Durham and Mrs. Melanye Hallett. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Mr. Dale E. Hardin, Jr., the Rev. Dr. Bryan Richardson, Mr. Bruce Hardin, Mr. Matthew Hardin, Texas Ranger Captain Clete Buckaloo, Mr. Robbie Thrower and Mr. Ted Hallett. Honorary pallbearers will include the Deacons of Sunrise Baptist Church, Mr. Floyd Carriker, Mr. Larry McDonald, and Mr. Billie Adams. Ervin will be buried beside his wife, Maurine, at the Garden of Memories in Kerrville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sunrise Baptist Church, 1200 Broadway, Kerrville, TX 78028. The family invites you to send condolences by selecting the “Send Condolences” link. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to GRIMES FUNERAL CHAPELS of Kerrville.


ALTON JEFFRESS HARDIN b. May 21, 1905, Texas (Source: Social Security Death Index.); d. December 26, 1995, Kerr County, TX (Source: Texas Death Index.).
LENNA M. HARDIN b. Abt. 1908, Texas; m. SIDNEY B. DENTON Abt. 1927 in Texas. He was born Abt. 1906 in Texas.
WILLIAM ERVIN HARDIN b.orn October 13, 1910 in Canadian, Hemphill County, TX, d. March 07, 2004 in Kerrville, Kerr County, TX; m. MAURINE MARIE HUNT September 06, 1931 in Lovington, Lea County, New Mexico. She was born September 28, 1911 in Kerrville, Kerr County, TX, and died September 10, 1999 in Kerrville, Kerr County, TX.
VELTA S. HARDIN b. Abt. 1914, Texas; m. HARRY LEE HUNT.
AMOS B. HARDIN b. Abt. 1917, Texas.
MARY L. HARDIN b. Abt. 1922, Texas.

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