Thomas Donald (Don) Hardison, age 81 of Tucker, Georgia, born June 21, 1934, died August 8, 2015. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Lois Hannah Gardner Hardison. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Martha Conger Hardison, as well as his granddaughter Brittany Leigh McKinnell. Don is survived by his daughters Deborah (Debbie) McKinnell (James), of Tallahassee, Ginger Vigneault (Tim), of Cumming, and his son Tom Hardison (Jennifer), of Sugar Hill; his seven grandchildren, Niki McKinnell, James McKinnell, III, Joshua Vigneault, Stephen Vigneault, Christopher Vigneault, Michael Hardison and Matthew Hardison, as well as his great grandchildren Audrey Pocock and Madeline Pocock. Don enjoyed singing with the Barbershop Harmony Society for more than 50 years, where he sang a wonderful bass, with the local Peachtree and Roswell chapters. In addition, he greatly enjoyed listening to bluegrass music played by his brother-in-laws as well as The Chuck Wagon Gang. Another great joy was extensive travelling and camping throughout the United States and he and his wife visited every state but one. Don graduated from Georgia Tech in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management. He retired from Life of Georgia after more than 35 years of service, allowing him to further enjoy his past times. Visitation will be held at Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel in Lawrenceville on Monday, August 10, 2015 from 5 pm to 8 pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to either the Barbershop Harmony Society or the American Diabetes Association.

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  1. Dear Lois and family,

    We are very sorry for your loss. I believe Don was a good man, and that the world at large is the poorer for his departure. His obituary describes a happy life well-lived, and has a photo that captured his contagious smile. We know he will be missed, and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Love to you all,
    Jennifer, Earl, and Eddie

  2. So sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathies are with you. Praying you feel the peace and comfort sent your way during this difficult time.

  3. Dear Lois,
    Very sorry to hear of Don’s passing. He was a wonderful friend and we shared many musical times together – both in Atlanta Peadhtree and Roswell chapters. He had a great love of both barbershop singing and bluegrass music. We will miss him.

  4. What wonderful times our families had together over the years! Don’s humor was beyond any other. His thoughtfulness to Charlie during his last months [taking him out to eat and driving him to Barbershop Chorus rehearsals] meant so much to us. Lois, my heart goes out to you and the whole family. Carol Rittenhouse

  5. Lois,

    Please accept our sincere sympathy and know Don is in good hands with his Lord. We all enjoyed our hobby of singing in the Atlanta Peachtree Chorus all those years and know he had the best of times. Our best to you and your family.

  6. Don (and Lois) are our good friends. I worked with Don at Life of Georgia for most of his 35 years there. Always enjoyed his company at work and at play. He was a good man. Our world is diminished by his passing. Our prayers continue to be for Don and his entire family.
    Rest easy he is in God’s hands.

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