The book of life and the journey of John Dee Hardaway began in Union town Alabama on April 28, 1936 to the late Edna Griffin Hardaway and Bural Allen Hardaway. To this union, John Hardaway was the eighth out of nine children. Edna found love with her new husband William Church after the death of Bural Hardaway and then moved to Marion, Alabama. John Hardaway accepted Christ at an early age and Joined Healing Springs Baptist Church. John attended Sunday school, sang in a quartet group, and lent a helping hand wherever he could in the church.
John went to Lincoln Hight High School. He left school and began a twenty-year journey with the US Navy in 1955. John married Mary F. Fralin, his “sweetness,” as he called her, after she graduated high school in 1957. In June 1958, the two joined in holy matrimony and to this union, Mary Evelyn was born.
Immediately after the birth of the first child, John and his family moved to San Diego, California. They joined and served at Mt. Erie Baptist Church on Frontier under the late Reverend Haywood. John and his family relocated to Japan for two years, before returning to San Diego. During John’s time in the Navy, he saw many deployments, and traveled to numerous cities and states with his family. John and Mary joined and found love at Pilgrim Progressive Baptist Church under the late Marvin C. Hines. John faithfully served on the Usher Board and was the president of that auxiliary for several years; even while sick. Throughout the years, John’s personal relationship with God blossom as he attended Sunday School, Brotherhood meetings, and Adult Vacation Bible School.
John retired as a First-Class Mechanic Mate and pursued his High School Diploma at San Diego City College. He then received Certification in Refrigerator and Air Condition Repair. He took his education and began a new career with California Meter, later known as WEB Company as a Service Technician. John labored for twenty years with WEB and retired with many achievements and honors.
John’s book of life was closed on May 19, 2020, with his loving wife and grandson by his side. John was eighty-four years old and married for sixty-one years. He was the last living sibling and is proceeded in death with his parents, siblings, and daughter Mary Evelyn.
Left to cherish his memories are: his wife Mary F. Fralin- Hardaway “Sweetness”; grandson TaJuan D. Hardaway of San Diego; two granddaughters TaLanna R. Brooks (Brandon) of Fayetteville, GA, and TaMika S. Johnson of Phoenix, AZ; son-in-law Willie Johnson of San Diego; brother-in-laws JC Fralin (Viola) of Marion, AL, James E. Fralin, Sr. of Jacksonville, FL; and sister-in-law Janice Steele of Jacksonville, FL; eleven great-grandchildren; his extended family: The Gladneys; and his friend Ronnie Wilson, who he called brother.
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