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Visitation: 12:00-1:30 pm Thursday October 12, 2017 Whitley's Funeral Home
Service: 1:30 PM Thursday October 12, 2017 Whitley's Funeral Home Chapel
Interment: West Lawn Memorial Park China Grove, NC
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CHINA GROVE – Pastor Earl Kenneth Hardin, 74, of China Grove, entered into his Heavenly reward on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. Pastor Hardin was born on Aug. 25, 1943 in Rowan County, son of the late Grady N. Hardin and the late Eula Baynard Hardin. In addition to his parents, Pastor Hardin was preceded in death by a sister, Diane Tickle.

Pastor Hardin had worked for Pillowtex Corporation for 38 years. In addition to his employment with Pillowtex, he ministered for 48 years at Kannapolis Congregational Holiness Church. Survivors include his wife, Janice Speck Hardin who he married on Nov. 24, 1962; two daughters; Kathy Cordle and Crystal Cheek (Mitchell) of Kannapolis; four grandchildren; a great-grandson and a great-granddaughter; four sisters, Maxine Haywood, Joyce Royal, Lennie Haywood and Alice Featherstone and her husband, Sonny, all of Kannapolis; and his brothers, Henry Hardin (Doris), Gene Hardin (Reba) and Jerry Hardin (Seretta).

Visitation and Service: The funeral will take place at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12, at Whitley’s Funeral Home Chapel, conducted by Rev. Jeff Upright and Rev. Mike Tickle. Burial will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park in China Grove. The family will receive friends from 12-1:30 p.m., before the service at Whitley’s.

Online condolences can be left at: www.whitleysfuneralhome.com
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From: Chad LaTurno
"Janice, Kathy, Crystal, and all family. My deepest condolences in the loss of Earl. He was a kind and gentle man. I thank God that I started going to church with y'all many years ago. I am a better person for that. Prayers for peace and comfort in the days to come."
From: mary arnette & Dennis
"I am so sorry to hear about Gene. We just found out.He was a good man of God.Prayers for the family."