Dr. D. M. Hardison
Dr. D. M. Hardison's viewing will be from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Tidewater Baptist Church, on Friday, April 8th. Tidewater Baptist is located at 1316 Campostella Rd., Chesapeake, VA 23320. The church, which Dr. Hardison founded, will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary this Sunday.
Dr. D. M. Hardison's funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. at Tabernacle Baptist Church, on Saturday, April 9th. Tabernacle Baptist is located at 717 Whitehurst Landing Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23464.
Dr. D. M. Hardison
On April 4, 2016, Dr. D. M. Hardison was ushered into the presence of The Lord whom he served tirelessly for over 66 yrs.
Dr. Hardison was born August 19, 1928 in Jamesville, NC. He was better known in his hometown community by his middle name "Myrton"! His life began with tragedy due to his mother dying during childbirth. In 1945 he graduated from Jamesville HS as the valedictorian of his class. He later entered the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia to begin studying law.
In the providence of God, he became a preacher rather than a lawyer. He enrolled in the Norfolk School of Bible in Norfolk, Virginia. In addition, he enrolled in correspondence training from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois and later attended Virginia Bible College in Norfolk, Virginia. In 1976 he was given an honorary doctorate degree from the Fundamental Baptist Seminary of Knoxville, Tennessee.
Dr. Hardison started two independent Baptist churches and has helped in the beginning of several others. He has pastored four churches, all in Virginia; Tabernacle Baptist in Suffolk, Arbor Grove Baptist in South Norfolk, Good News Baptist in Norfolk and Tidewater Baptist in Chesapeake. During his years in evangelism he has preached in hundreds of churches, largely in the eastern United States. His 66 yrs. of preaching have been divided between pastoring and evangelism. He has preached in several countries including; Israel, Greece, Germany, England and The Bahamas. He was honored by his hometown, Jamesville, when he was invited to preach at their Bicentennial Celebration in 1999. He was also honored to preach at the Pentagon in Washington D.C.
He was a loving Husband, Father and Grandfather! He is survived by his loving wife of 67 yrs. Elizabeth, 3 Children, Don Hardison of Va. Beach, Patricia Hobbs (Les) of Columbia SC and David Hardison (Kelli) of Chesapeake, (8) grandchildren, (19) great-grandchildren and (3) great-great grandchildren along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family would like to give a special thanks to Doris Givens and "Cookie" Marshall for their loving care of our Father over the past few months, the People of Tidewater Baptist Church lead by Pastor Chuck Pearson, as well as numerous Churches and Individuals across the country who have loved, and supported both Mom and Dad in their ministry.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Tidewater Baptist Church for the ongoing nursing care of his beloved wife : www.tidewaterbaptist.org/hardisonfund.