Jack L. Hardin The 81st Potentate of Yaarab Shrine is as Masonic as they come. He was a founding member of Charity Daylight Lodge, the only Blue Lodge that was started in and holds its meetings in a Shrine Mosque. He was a regular officer and served as Lodge Master. In fact, Masonry was Jack Hardin’s life. He was a former president of the Southeastern Shrine Past Masters Associations and a regular member of Yaarab’s Knights of Mecca Unit. He came with his family to Decatur in 1951 from Copperhill, Tennessee, where he was born on May 29, 1943. A decade later he graduated from Avondale High School and went to work immediately. For the next 35 years, he followed a career in the steel rule die making and die cutting business, and then owned Pair of Jacks Embroidery in Dacula. Jack’s Masonic journey began in 1964 when he was raised a Master Mason in Belvedere Lodge 725. And less than six years later he was elected Worshipful Master of the Lodge. At 27 years of age, he was one of the youngest Worshipful Masters on record. His brethren recognized in the young man a dedication to the craft and a gift that is rare indeed. And his dedication and knowledge of the rituals was undiminished in his life priorities. At the time he was elected Recorder of Yaarab Shrine in 1998, he had served nearly two decades as Director of Work for Dacula Lodge 433 and Belvedere Lodge 725. A Scottish Rite Mason, Brother Hardin became a noble of Yaarab Shrine on June 13, 1979. He joined the Knights of Mecca Unit and in 1991 served as president. Two years later, his peers elected him president of the Southeastern Shrine Past Masters Association. He also served on the Potentate’s Escort. A member of Gwinnett Shrine Club, the golf association, and the Ridgerunners Association, together with outstanding service as a fundraiser for the Shrine Circus and for Shriners Hospital for Children, Jack was singled out by his fellow nobles and presented Merit Award #285 in 1997. In addition to being outstanding as a worker and as a leader in the Masonic fraternity, Noble Hardin was also talented with a pleasant singing voice. He sang along with the Entertainers or broke forth in a solo that was bound to please any audience. The rest of the nobility had an opportunity during 2004 to watch a gifted and dedicated Masonic leader set new heights and standards for the fraternity. Jack Hardin was quiet, humble, sincere, and conscientious. He reminded us that the Blue Lodge is where it all begins. Jack passed away on Friday, March 2, 2018, he was 74 years old. He was preceded in death by his father, Frank James Hardin and his sister, Phyllis Ann Garrett. He is survived by his wife, Jean Wooten Hardin of Dacula, Children Deanne and Leigh Hardin, and Randy (Katrina) Hardin of Covington, grandchildren Dallas (BJ) Gloyd, Ethan and Jovie Hardin, great grandchildren Shiloh and Kadence Gloyd, step children Jeanene (Dan) Fowler of Brookhaven, Gigi (Paul) Dykes of Lawrenceville, Jeff (Rene) Fowler of Cartersville, step grandchildren, Jennifer and Jordan Dykes, Ty, Jacob and Kaleigh Fowler, brother, Frank (Joann) Hardin of Conyers, Nick (Suzanne) Hardin of Fayetteville, Mother Mary Ellen “Pat” Collis Hardin of Decatur. A celebration of life service will be held Tuesday, March 6th, 11 am at the Wages & Sons Stone Mountain Chapel with Pastor Dennis Bellamy officiating. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6-8 pm at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Eternal Hills Memory Gardens with Masonic gravesides conducted by the Dacula Lodge #433. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Yaarab Shrine Children’s Hospital Fund, 400 Ponce De Leon Avenue, N.E. Atlanta, Georgia 30308. Wages & Sons Stone Mountain Chapel, 1040 Main Street Stone Mountain, Georgia 30086. Online Condolences may be offered at www.wagesandsons.com

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  1. On behalf of the Widow and Widowers club of yaarah shrine center , and me personally, you are much loved and will be missed. We all loved you and Jean..

  2. Worshipful Brother Jack Hardin will be missed by many. He was a brother, mentor, and friend to many of us. He was always ready and willing to assist anyone who needed help in regards to Masonic rituals, or any of the work in the Lodge. He was a dear friend to me and many of my Lodge brothers. One of my favorite quotes from him is “I love you, and there’s nothing you can do about it.” He will be missed, but we have the assurance that we will see him again in ”that House not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” Rest in peace, my brother.

  3. WB Jack was one of the most genuine Masons that I’ve ever met. I consider my life to have been blessed by my knowing Jack. He made such a great and powerful difference in so many lives. He will be missed by many, and remembered fondly by all who knew him.


  5. WB Noble Jack, I’m going to miss you very much! I enjoyed the motorcycle rides we had and all the great humor you presented! My lady Doris also recently left this earthly realm and she enjoyed being around you and your humor as I did. Somehow I feel you’ll be spreading joy and cheer much to the pleasure of all the black camel riders of past. May the Great Architect of the Universe be with you on this celestial journey to that heavenly realm! I pray for peace for your friends and family. God speed my brother, God speed!

  6. So very sorry to learn of your loss of Jack. He certainly was always a kind and friendly man who was very dedicated to his Masonic Brothers and the children who needed help from Yaarab Shrine. I pray that you will find comfort and strength in all the many good memories of the great life that he led. May God Bless all those who loved him. Will love to you, Jean.
    Jane Autry

  7. Jean, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Jack was a great person, mason and noble. Jack and your self will always have a special place in the hearts of Chattooga shrine club. It has been an honor and privilege to have known Jack and to call him friend.

    Steve & Becky Osby

  8. Jean,

    Our prayers are with you and your family. I feel truly blessed to have known Jack and I am honored to have been able to call him friend and brother.

    Judd Wolfe

  9. Grew up with Jack and his brothers in Decatur. We had many fine adventures as kids and teenagers until life separated us. Jack came from a really good family so it was only natural that he was a good family man. Prayers for all of his family.

  10. Leigh, Randy, Deanne and family, We are so sorry for your loss. I loved hearing the family stories over the years and I know you will always cherish his memory. We pray for you and your family.

  11. Jack was a exceptional man who treated EVERYONE with respect and dignity he was a mentor to me both at the Masonic level and the shrine where he put me with a great group of men and my life was changed because of his leadership and friendship I will miss jack severely forever
    God speed my friend
    See you in the woods
    Johnny Cosby

  12. I’m sorry to hear about your loss it’s difficult coping with death acts 24:15 helps us to appreciate that there will be a ressurection and soon we will be reunited with our loved ones again my thoughts and prayers are with your family

  13. My sincere condolences to your family. May you find comfort in the beautiful words found at Revelation 21:3,4 which promise a time when death, pain and sorrow will be no more.

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