We learned of the death February 14 of Dorothy Elizabeth Paul Hardison, 97, mother of Floyd and Paul Hardison, and a life-long member of Bethany. She died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern. We offer our prayers and condolences to the family.

She was born in Silver Hill, March 3, 1915, to Mattie Edwards Paul and Smith Paul. Dorothy graduated from Alliance High School, Alliance, NC, and Hardbarger Business College, Raleigh, NC, in the early thirties. She was retired from Pamlico County as a clerical secretary to several county departments.

Dorothy married Benjamin Floyd Hardison February 20, 1937 and is survived by their two sons, Paul Hardison and Floyd Hardison (Sandra Boyd Swain) all of Arapahoe; one sister, Mattie Pearl Williamson of Arapahoe; six grandchildren; Ben Hardison, Eddie Swain (Donna), Beth Wood, Michael Swain (Mary), Cathy Davies (Mark) and Paul Kelly Hardison (Sarah); and 13 great grandchildren; Carollee Hardison, Benji Hardison, Michael Swain, Jason Hardison, Jessee Swain, Andrew Hardison, Raquel Swain, Robert Allen Hardison, Jennie Hardison, Darah Tingle, Victoria Gail Wood, Meredith Rose Davies, and Sean Alexander Hardison.

A memorial service will be held February 24 at 2:00 p.m. at Bethany, the Rev. Merritt Watson officiating. The family will receive friends at 1:00 p.m. at Bethany, and at other times at the home of Floyd and Sandra Hardison.

The family requests that flowers not be sent, but donations may be made to Pamlico Community College Foundation, P.O. Box 185, Grantsboro, NC 28529, or to Bethany Christian Church, P.O. Box 156, Arapahoe, NC 28510.

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