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Ottis Wayne Hardee: Elizabethtown

1941 – 2021

     Ottis Wayne Hardee of Elizabethtown passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 7, at Lower Cape Fear Angel House in Whiteville. He was 79.

     Born Oct. 22, 1941 in Loris, he was the son of the late Henry Curtis Hardee and the late Blanche Naomi Todd Hardee.

     Mr. Hardee enjoyed working with his hands, being outside, gardening, and going to car and tractor shows or just sitting on his porch swing. He was devoted to his wife, Hilda and looked forward to spending time with his family.

     Family would like to express gratitude for the care he received during his stay at Angel House in Whiteville, and to everyone who cared for him during his journey.

     He was always ready to go out for a quick bite or sit down meal at one of his favorite restaurants. He liked to joke around with his family, friends, doctors, and nurses but could also be stubborn and firm in his beliefs. Mr. Hardee worked for Cape Craftsmen from the early 1960s until they closed the business. He will be missed by all who knew him.

     Survivors include his two daughters, Sandra Hardee of Whiteville and Debbie Allen and husband Michael of Grays Creek; grandson Tracy McKinley of Lumberton; four step-children, Brenda Ward and husband Kent of Elizabethtown, Gail Todd of Abbottsburg, Peggy McCall and husband Lloyd of Lisbon, and Samuel Dowless and wife Karen of Elizabethtown; nine step-grandchildren; thirteen step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

     In addition to his parents, Mr. Hardee was predeceased by his wife, Hilda Faye Collins Dowless Hardee; twelve brothers and sisters, Corbett Hardee, Wilbur Hardee, Robert Hardee, Liston Hardee, two twin boys, Dorothy Halks, Verneice Hilburn, Mildred Bullard, Virginia Pender, Nina Lee Hardee, and Thelma Irene Stevens; and his beloved dog, Joe.

     Go Rest High On That Mountain.

     Visitation was planned from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at Hardwick Funeral Home in Loris.

     Graveside services were planned for 4:30 p.m. Saturday,. Sept. 11, at Cherry Hill Cemetery with Rev. Mack Hutson officiating.

     Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 950 48th Avenue N., Ste. 101, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577; or to a local animal shelter of one’s choice.

     A guest register is available here.