LANCASTER, SC ~Mr. John Franklin “Bucky” Hardin, Sr., age 73, passed away Saturday, November 10, 2018 at his home. He was born April 12, 1945 in Lancaster, a son of the late Esbert Thomas Hardin and Katherine Ellis Hardin and is the husband of Carolyn Clyburn Hardin. Mr. Hardin was a graduate of the University of South Carolina and received his master’s degree from Winthrop University. He was a beloved and respected teacher, coach and Assistant Principal in the Lancaster County School District. He was also an administrator in the Lexington County School District 5 and Brunswick County, NC. Bucky coached the Indian Land High School Girls Softball Team when they won the State Championship. He also coached the Dixie Boys Baseball Team. Bucky loved tennis and his team won the National Mixed Doubles Senior Championship in 2016. Bucky was an avid fisherman, accomplished athlete and a lover of all sports. He is a member of First Presbyterian Church and served as Sunday school teacher and Elder.
Mr. Hardin is survived by his wife, Carolyn Clyburn Hardin; three sons, Kirkland Lee Hardin of Tega Cay, John Franklin Hardin, Jr. of Lancaster and Thomas Perry Hardin and his wife, Leigh also of Lancaster; and two grandchildren, Isla Kate Hardin and Ian Baker Hardin.
Mr. Hardin was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers, Billy Joe Hardin, Bert Hardin and Shannon Hardin.
The Celebration of Life Service for Mr. Hardin will be 11:00 am, Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church by Rev. Edgar McCall. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 pm Tuesday evening, November 13, 2018 at Burgess Funeral Home and suggest memorial contributions be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Avenue, 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851 or on line at https://themmrf.org or First Presbyterian Church of Lancaster, PO Box 990, Lancaster, SC 29721.
Burgess Funeral Home
Tuesday November 13th, 2018
6:00pm - 8:00pm
1800 Charlotte Highway
Lancaster, SC 29720
First Presbyterian Church
Wednesday November 14th, 2018
700 North Main Street
Lancaster, SC 29720
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Carolyn and Family,
I am so sad to hear of Buck's passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Submitted by Pamela H Ratchford on Dec 5 2018 08:52:46 PM
My heart hurts for the Hardin family, who was my family for so long. Thank you, Bucky and Carolyn, for caring for me like you did. Bucky holds a very special place in my heart. I will continue to pray for you all.
Submitted by Kristin Graden Weeks on Nov 17 2018 09:48:54 AM
It's hard to fathom you exited center stage so soon. I will always remember your kindness and support.
Submitted by Michael C. Henthorn on Nov 16 2018 08:20:17 PM
I worked with 'Bucky" at Lancaster Golf Course when I was a teenager and love riding with him in his convertible red ford and listening to him play the guitar. Our prayers are with the family.
Submitted by Charlie G. Jordan on Nov 15 2018 12:11:17 AM
Charlie G. Jordan lit a candle for John F. "Bucky" Hardin, Sr.
Charlie G. Jordan lit a candle on Nov 15 2018 12:07:20 AM
I have known Bucky for about 49 years. I first heard about him from some friends who where talking about three of the Hardin brothers. One was an avid fisherman, Billy Joe Hardin, and another was a great golfer, Bert Hardin, and then Bucky. Bucky was said was so good in three or four sports that he could have picked one and went pro. He was that good! I first met Bucky during 1969 when he was working at the Bowling Alley with his parents. With discussion with Bucky I learned that he was working on a Biology degree so that he could teach and that he was also dating Carolyn Clyburn. He showed me pictures and I told him that she was pretty. During that time I started dating and married my first wife but I also would watch Bucky in some tennis matches. He was great. It wasn't until 1985 after my divorce that I married a Hardin and found out that she was Bucky's niece. Martha Hardin and Bucky were only 5 years apart and she told me of the times that Bucky would try to put snakes on her. Prior to meeting Martha I reconnected with Bucky while running. I would often run into him (no pun intended) and we would pound a few miles together. He was even good at that. He didn't have the build of a great athletic person but the build was in the inner body and most important, his heart. Martha and I would visit Bucky and Carolyn from time to time and Bucky and I would share one of his favorite beverages with me. My last visit with him more or less told me what Bucky was expecting and that he was at peace with it. Martha was with him during those last minutes and when I got her text I was really sadden. Martha really admired her daddy's brother and her friend.
Submitted by Claude H. Sinclair on Nov 14 2018 03:12:47 PM
My sympathy to Carolyn and the family. Bucky was a friend throughout high school and had our lives not been so geographically apart, I'm sure we would have been close friends. I was deeply sorry to hear of his passing. I have many memories of playing tennis and ping pong with him, and throughout the years kept up a little with him through my sister's friendship with Carolyn,
Submitted by T Carter & Dixie Thomasson on Nov 14 2018 10:56:09 AM
Mark S. Taylor - Windsor, California lit a candle for John F. "Bucky" Hardin, Sr.
Mark S. Taylor - Windsor, California lit a candle on Nov 14 2018 06:18:46 AM
I am praying for the family I knew Mr.Hardin from Chapin High I am so sorry for y'all loss.
Submitted by Devon Dreher on Nov 14 2018 12:05:47 AM
To Lee Hardin and family,
Hi Lee I wanted to send you my condolences on the loss of your dad. I’m sure this is going to be a tuff time for you all. I am so glad to have had Lee in my class thoughot junior high and high school. Always a good friend and classmate and constantly talking about his dad Bucky. Wish I could be there to celebrate his life with you. We are all lucky to have had Such good memories with Bucky and his great family. I’ll look you up when I get into to for Christmas. Love Jeff Lingle and Family
Submitted by Jeffrey Lingle and family on Nov 13 2018 11:03:04 PM
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