Ruth Best Hardwick: Loris

    Ruth Best Hardwick of Loris passed away Thursday, March 19, 2015. She was 86.
    Ms. Hardwick was born Aug. 29, 1928, a daughter of the late Beaty and Mamie McCrackin Best. She was the seventh of fourteen children. Ms. Hardwick was previously married to Arthur Hardwick. She was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother. Nothing brought her more smiles than her grands! She loved to laugh and always had a story to share that would make others laugh. Faith in Jesus Christ was a part of her strong, forthright personality.
    In addition to her parents, Ms. Hardwick was predeceased by one son, Dennis Hardwick, Sr.; her siblings, Henry Best, George Best, William Best, Wilbur Best, Joseph Best, Jimmy Best, Larry Best, Thurmond Best, Lalla Best Graham and Lulla Best.
    Survivors include her daughter, Patty Sue Sanders of the home; one granddaughter, Deneen Hardwick Gilbert of Hartsville; one grandson, Dennis Hardwick, Jr. and his wife Pam of New Jersey; three great-grandchildren, Morgan Phillips and her husband John David of Hartsville, Sydney Lee Hardwick of Florence, and Zackary Hardwick of New Jersey; one great-great-granddaughter, Marissa Keely Phillips of Hartsville; one brother, Carl Best and his wife Addie Mae of Mullins; and one sister, Nellie Hammond and her husband Charles of Florence.
    Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m., Sunday, March 22, at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Loris Chapel with Dr. Louis Venable and Dr. Jim Mezick officiating. Burial will follow in the Twin City Memorial Gardens. Visitation was planned for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
    Special thanks to family friends Mary Smith, Brenda Wilson, and Ophelia Bellamy who have given unselfishly for months, and Mercy Hospice members – JoAnne, Renee, Kitty, Melissa, Roxy, and Lisa.
    Memorials may be made to Loris First Baptist Church, 3117 Main Street, Loris, SC 29569 or Mercy Care Hospice, 8216 Devon Court, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572.
    A guest register is available here.

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