Melba “Duck” Hardison – Washington Daily News

Melba “Duck” Hardison

Posted at 5:10 PM Monday March 13, 2023

Williamston, NC – Mrs. Melba “Duck” Hardison, age 93, a lifelong resident of the Farm Life community in Martin County, died at ECU Health Beaufort on March 11, 2023.

Duck was born July 6, 1929, to Herbert L. Manning and Mary Whitley Manning. She was a devoted member of Piney Grove Baptist Church, participating in the Agape Sunday School Class, the Mamie Harrington Circle, and the Easter Message. She was also a charter member of the Farm Life Ruritanettes.

She married Leslie Earl Hardison Sr. on February 27, 1954. They were happily married for 67 years before his death in November 2021. She is survived by a son, Leslie Hardison Jr. and his wife, Vicki, and a daughter, Mary Gwen Griffin and her husband, John. The joy of her life were her grandchildren Abby Hill (Josh), Caleb Woolard (Miranda) and Olivia Griffin. She was also blessed to have two great-granddaughters, Lydia and Sutton Hill. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings: Eva Gray Askew, Louise Gurkin, Mittie Brown Tice, Mamie Clyde Griffin, Herbert L. Manning, Elizabeth Jackson, Margaret Hardison and William “Pinky” Manning.

Visitation services will be held on Tuesday, March 14th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Piney Grove Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 15 at 11 a.m. at Piney Grove Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Tice Cemetery.

Flowers are welcome. Memorial contributions may be sent to Piney Grove Baptist Church, Griffin Township Fire Department or Tice Community Cemetery.

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