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John Randolph (Randy) Hardin
January 11, 2024
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Mr. John Randolph “Randy” Hardin, age 79, of Canton, Georgia, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 11, 2024. Born to the late Robert Edward Hardin and Bertha Mae McCartha Hardin, Randy was a lifelong resident of Rome, Georgia, embodying the spirit and values of his beloved hometown.
Randy's life was marked by a profound love story with his wife, Bobbie Sue Lane Hardin, whom he married on November 29, 1968. Their journey of 38 years was filled with love and companionship until Bobbie Sue's passing in 2007. Randy was also predeceased by his brothers, Robert Edward Hardin, Jr., and Eugene Hardin. He leaves behind a legacy of love and strength in his son, John Randolph “Shane” Hardin (Maranda), his cherished grandchild, Gabriel Brian Hardin, and his sister, Betty Hardin Hertenstein.
A true Roman in heart and spirit, Randy was drawn to Rome's natural beauty, community spirit, and cultural richness. His connection to the area was profound, as evidenced by his long-time residency. Randy's career spanned many years as a designer at Square D: Schneider Electric USA and as a Senior Transformer Draftsman at General Electric, demonstrating his exceptional skills and dedication.
In his retirement, Randy found a new passion as an author, writing children's chapter books under the name J. R. Hardin. His works, known for blending entertainment with educational themes, featured adventurous plots, animal characters, and important life lessons. These books, a demonstration of his creativity and love for storytelling, continue to inspire young readers.
Beyond his professional accomplishments, Randy was a man of many talents and interests. He had a passion for building model airplanes and ships, a testament to his skillful hands and creative mind. He was a devoted member of The First Baptist Church of Woodstock, where he practiced his faith with dedication and joy.
Known for his warm sense of humor, Randy loved to make those around him laugh. He believed deeply in the values of hard work, family, and loyalty, principles that he lived by every day.
Randy's family invites loved ones to join them in celebrating his remarkable life on Saturday, January 20, 2024. Visitation will be held from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM, followed by the funeral service at 1:00 PM, at Good Shepherd Funeral Home Chapel, 2750 Shorter Avenue, Rome, Georgia 30165. The interment will take place at Oaknoll Memorial Gardens, 2549 Shorter Avenue, Rome, Georgia 30165. Chaplain Keith Howell will be officiating.
In honor of Randy's memory, the family requests that donations be made in lieu of flowers to the following organizations:
First Baptist Church of Woodstock Georgia (https://fbcw.org/give/)
First Baptist Church of Atlanta Georgia (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
American Cancer Society (https://www.cancer.org/donate.html)