Celebrating The Life Of Loved Ones

Donald Gray Hardister

Donald Gray Hardister, 87, of Albemarle passed away Sunday, February 24, 2019 in CHS-Northeast in Concord.  His funeral service will be 2 PM Thursday, February 28, 2019 in Fairview Baptist Church with Rev. Ken Burris and Rev. Delane Burris officiating.  Burial will follow in Stanly Gardens of Memory.  The family will receive friends on Wednesday evening at Stanly Funeral and Cremation Care from 6 until 8 PM.

Born May 2, 1931, he was the son of the late R. C. Hardister and Amanda Pauline Hoover Hardister.  He was a retired employee of Wiscassett Mills and a member of Fairview Baptist Church.  Mr. Hardister enjoyed raising livestock, especially goats, and he was a skilled upholsterer, known statewide for his skill and excellent work. 

Mr. Hardister is survived by his wife Gladys Irene Saunders Hardister of the home, son Donald Gray Hardister Jr. (Pam) of Charlotte, brothers Robert Hardister of Albemarle and Jack Hardister of New London, sisters Lucille Maner of Norwood, Laura Brown of Albemarle, Shirley Hardister of Charlotte, Sue Fraley of New London, and Linda Justice of Indian Trail, granddaughter Tracey Millar (Brett) of Fletcher, NC, and 4 great-grandchildren: Angela, Kay, Shelby, and Dustin. 

A grandson Donald Gray Hardister III and a sister Frances “Sister” Taylor preceded him in death.


  • David and Sarah Fisher Posted February 25, 2019 8:10 pm

    Our deepest condolence and prayers to the Hardister family.

  • Lee Ragsdale Posted February 25, 2019 8:18 pm

    So sorry for your loss prayers for family.

    So sorry for your loss prayers for family.

  • Nancy B. Furr Posted February 25, 2019 9:33 pm

    To Gladys, and all the Hardister family . I am so sorry to here about Donald’s passing
    He had the lord in his hart and it was shown to everyone . I will never forget his wonderful smile.. love ❤ to you all

  • Linda L. Gray Posted February 26, 2019 7:09 am

    II Timothy 4:7- I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with you. From Northern Cambria, Pennsylvania with much love!

  • Carol Newman Posted February 26, 2019 9:16 am

    So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Teresa Wagoner Posted February 26, 2019 1:16 pm

    Thinking of you, Don, and your mom, and all your extended family. Happy memories to you all. Like the fact that he raised goats-awesome.

  • Bonita Williams Johnson Posted February 26, 2019 7:12 pm

    So very sorry for your lost. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family.

  • ab Posted February 26, 2019 8:59 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort and tender mercies (Psalms 83:18 Jehovah & 2Corinthians 1:3,4) comfort your hearts while we await His Kingdom government that Jesus prayed for in the Lord’s Prayer. Revelation 21:4,5 assures us HE will do away with death… and make all things new.

  • Nancy B. Furr Posted February 26, 2019 9:11 pm

    Gladys and the Hardister Family, I am so sorry to here of Donald’s passing. My heart is hurting with you all. Donald loved the Lord and it showed through his life. I will always remember his friendly smile. I love you all.

  • David E Batten Sr. Posted February 28, 2019 1:07 pm

    My heart felt condolence to the family

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