Obituary of William R. Hardee
W.R. (Bill) Hardee of Sapulpa went to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at the age of 79. He was born on October 18, 1940 in Sapulpa, Oklahoma.
Bill is survived by his wife Dixie Hardee; children Wesley Thomas, Rita and Scott Bassett, Byrl Lynn Hardee and Tracey and Mike Durham; grandchildren Mandie Hale, Bailey Peterson, Jeff and Michael Bassett, Mistie Rollings, Shawn Bowles, Cory Hardee, Meghan Jackson, Mathew Durham; brother-in-law Harold Jarrett and wife Susie; sister-in-law Raydene Walker; nephews Chris, Alan and Darren Jarrett and numerous great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Vera June Hardee; parents I.E. and Dorothy Hardee; brother Red Hardee; niece Cherie Cochran; great-grandson Devin Hulsey; great-granddaughter Willow Grace Wadsworth; and brother-in-law Eddie Walker.
Bill served in the United States Navy from 1960 – 1964, exiting with an honorable discharge. During his time in the Navy the Cuban Missile Crisis occurred. His ship was part of the blockade and they stood ready to defend our country if needed. After his time in the Navy Bill worked for Nelson Electric from 1964 – 1986. Bill then went into business for himself, purchasing Carl’s Coney Island in 1988 and Happy Burger in 1989. In 1999 he purchased property off Highway 66 and moved Carl’s Coney Island to the building where he and Al Bohannan started A&B Equipment Company. Together, he and Al, overcame many challenges and had a great deal of fun, doing what they loved best…Making Money.
Bill made and is survived by many good friends he made over the course of his life. Three of them are here today; Don Acre, HenryCifuentes and Rick Merton. They are going to speak on Bill’s behalf and help us celebrate Bill’s life. We know Bill would want them to know how special they were to him and how grateful he was to have such meaningful friendships with each of them.
FUNERAL SERVICE 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 14, 2019, at Green Hill Funeral Home
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