In memory of
Oscar Oakley Hardaway Jr.
In memory of
Oscar Oakley Hardaway Jr.
HARDAWAY, JR., Oscar Oakley On March 19, 2020 after 84 years Oscar Oakley Hardaway, Jr., a proud patriot and family hero, was suddenly called home to be with his Heavenly Father. He was born December 19, 1935 in Blytheville, Arkansas. His parents, Oscar Sr. and Pauline Hardaway, owned a Firestone store and his father was a cotton broker. Brave and adventurous, Oscar enlisted in the Army early at age 16. His military service included time at Fort Hood, Fort Chaffee and later in Germany as a tank commander operating in the 3rd Armored Division. Serving his country was a proud highlight of his life. After returning from Germany, he graduated from the University of Arkansas funded by the G.I. Bill. Upon graduating and being familiar with hard work, Oscar spent his entire 36-year professional career at GE Capital and later General Electric, forming many lifelong friendships. On a business trip Oscar met the love of his life, a young nurse named Joanne Smedman of Chesterton, Indiana. They wed six months later and seldom left each other's side. For the entirety of their 50 years of marriage, every morning began with "Good morning my love" and every day ended with "Goodnight my love". Oscar "stole" Joanne away to Dallas where they established roots and raised three sons whom he loved unconditionally. Valuing a life of honor and duty, Oscar guided his sons through Boy Scouts of America, Troop 82, for which he was heavily involved and again made many lasting friendships. Similar to the first half of his life serving his country and his company, he retired early choosing to loyally and lovingly serve his family. Oscar is preceded in death by his parents, Oscar Sr. and Pauline. He is survived by his beloved wife Joanne, his three sons Chip, Mark (Ann) and John (Katherine), seven grandchildren - Mark Jr., Charlotte, William, Anna Carol, Lou Lou, Johnny and Kay, his two brothers, Fred and Tucker, and their families. Oscar enjoyed many interests during his life including southern food, the Civil War, projects big and small, the outdoors and fishing. Always a good storyteller and a teacher, Oscar shared and taught these interests with his dear grandchildren, relishing his role as a grandfather and dedicating much quality time. Oscar never met a stranger and never had a bad day. His wit, his laugh and that twinkle in his eye will be missed. An honorable man full of faith, hope, and love, Oscar served those he loved and was proud of those he served. In lieu of flowers please dedicate resources to St. Michael and All Angels Church in Dallas, TX Attn: Cheryl Kaschak, 214-365-3558 ckaschak@saintmichael.org
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7405 West Northwest Highway
Dallas, TX 75225
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In memory of
Oscar Oakley Hardaway Jr.
HARDAWAY, JR., Oscar Oakley On March 19, 2020 after 84 years Oscar Oakley Hardaway, Jr., a proud patriot and family hero, was suddenly called home to be with his Heavenly Father. He was born December 19, 1935 in Blytheville, Arkansas. His parents, Oscar Sr. and Pauline Hardaway, owned a Firestone store and his father was a cotton broker. Brave and adventurous, Oscar enlisted in the Army early at age 16. His military service included time at Fort Hood, Fort Chaffee and later in Germany as a tank commander operating in the 3rd Armored Division. Serving his country was a proud highlight of his life. After returning from Germany, he graduated from the University of Arkansas funded by the G.I. Bill. Upon graduating and being familiar with hard work, Oscar spent his entire 36-year professional career at GE Capital and later General Electric, forming many lifelong friendships. On a business trip Oscar met the love of his life, a young nurse named Joanne Smedman of Chesterton, Indiana. They wed six months later and seldom left each other's side. For the entirety of their 50 years of marriage, every morning began with "Good morning my love" and every day ended with "Goodnight my love". Oscar "stole" Joanne away to Dallas where they established roots and raised three sons whom he loved unconditionally. Valuing a life of honor and duty, Oscar guided his sons through Boy Scouts of America, Troop 82, for which he was heavily involved and again made many lasting friendships. Similar to the first half of his life serving his country and his company, he retired early choosing to loyally and lovingly serve his family. Oscar is preceded in death by his parents, Oscar Sr. and Pauline. He is survived by his beloved wife Joanne, his three sons Chip, Mark (Ann) and John (Katherine), seven grandchildren - Mark Jr., Charlotte, William, Anna Carol, Lou Lou, Johnny and Kay, his two brothers, Fred and Tucker, and their families. Oscar enjoyed many interests during his life including southern food, the Civil War, projects big and small, the outdoors and fishing. Always a good storyteller and a teacher, Oscar shared and taught these interests with his dear grandchildren, relishing his role as a grandfather and dedicating much quality time. Oscar never met a stranger and never had a bad day. His wit, his laugh and that twinkle in his eye will be missed. An honorable man full of faith, hope, and love, Oscar served those he loved and was proud of those he served. In lieu of flowers please dedicate resources to St. Michael and All Angels Church in Dallas, TX Attn: Cheryl Kaschak, 214-365-3558 ckaschak@saintmichael.org
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Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home & Memorial Park
7405 West Northwest Highway
Dallas, TX 75225
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