Eugene “Gene” Hardwick, age 78, of Lamar County, passed away unexpectedly on May 2, 2012. He was a Graduate of Appling Co. High School and Perry College, as well as the University of Georgia, with degrees in Accounting and Business Administration. He was a retired executive with BellSouth with 38 years of service, and was a member of the Telephone Company Pioneers. He was a deacon with the First Baptist Church of Roswell. He was a director with the American Cancer Society, he worked with Relay For Life for many years, was a member of Village Readers- a group that reads to Pre-K children, past president of Barnesville Rotary Club, served on the City of Roswell Zoning Board, served on the Solid Waste and Industrial Development Authority for Lamar Co., was two term Lamar County Commissioner (Vice-Chair for six years), current Chairman of the Lamar Co. Republican Party, among many other titles. He raised Beefmaster cattle and was the current President of the Southeastern Beefmaster Breeders Assn. and current president of Mid-Atlantic Beefmasters Marketing Group, and member of the GA. Cattleman’s Association. He was a decorated Marine and a Mason. He loved the outdoors and was an avid and accomplished hunter and fisherman.
He is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Melaine, four children - (son) Lynn Hardwick, (daughters) Tara Hardwick, Jennifer Topper Simmons (Marcus), Heather Topper Cox (Cader); six grandchildren- Thomas Eugene Brimer, Madalyn Hardwick, Taylor Brimer, Carson Simmons, Kendall Simmons, and Caroline Cox ; three sisters- Grace Carswell, Angelia Taylor, Penelope Bowles; one brother- Chester Mims, and many other aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was a dedicated husband, father, granddad and his family was his pride and joy. He will be sadly missed by many.
Funeral Services for Gene Hardwick were conducted on Saturday, May 5, at two o’clock in the First Baptist Church of Barnesville with the Reverend Garth Forster officiating. Entombment followed in Greenwood Cemetery. The family received friends at the Williams Funeral Home on Friday, May 4, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Those who wish may view the Memorial Page and sign the Guestbook online at: www.williamsfh.net
Williams Funeral Home of Barnesville was in charge of arrangements.