James H, Hardin, 80, passed away Wed. Jan. 10th in San Antonio. Born in Vernon, TX, Jan. 5th, 1927, Jim settled in Del Rio in 1962 after working for the accounting firm of Eaton and Huddle in San Antonio for several years. Jim proudly served his country, enlisting in the Navy in 1944. After the war, Jim graduated from UT and began a long and rewarding career in public accounting. Jim was known for his hard work , honesty and integrity throughout his life. Jim met and married Dorthea Cates of San Angelo in 1969 and together they raised two sons: Cy and Craig Cates. Jim was very proud of his partner, Susan Newsome, a CPA who joined him in 1978. They soon formed the firm, Hardin and Newsome, CPA s of Del Rio, TX. Jim was very generous to those he loved and cared for. Survivors include his wife, Dorthea Hardin of Del Rio, Robin and Cy Cates of Richmond, TX. and their 2 children, Shelby and Lindsey Cates and also Mary and Craig Cates of San Antonio. Last but certainly not least , Jim is survived by 3 furry babies, Brandy, Tiger II and Moe. Visitation for Jim will be held Friday, Jan 12th from 4 PM to 9 PM at G.W. Cox Memorial Funeral Home in Del Rio, 114 Fletcher Dr. A funeral service is scheduled for 11AM Saturday, Jan. 13th at the First United Methodist Church, 100 Spring St., Del Rio, TX. 78840. A private burial service will follow. Memorials may be sent to the First United Methodist Church of Del Rio or to a charity of your choice. To leave a note for the family go to meadowlawn.net and select Obituaries.

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  1. I knew Jim, Dorothea and Craig quite well, as I moved to Del Rio (Laughlin AFB) in 1968 and downtown to Del Rio in 1969. My twin daughters, Lisa and Lori Swinney, really thought a lot of Craig growing up in school. I always appreciated so much the way Jim Hardin would look in on Winnie Lane, the neighbor down the street who was a very dear friend of mine. He was loved by a lot of people. At one time my husband, Gil Stensrud, and his wife lived across the street on Elizabeth and Gil spoke of what good neighbors the Hardins were. Lisa and I send our condolences to your in your loss. May God’s peace be with you. We lost Lori over 6 years ago to cancer, and on Nov. 24, 2006, I lost Gil, so we can relate to the empty space in your hearts. God Bless. Martha (Swinney) Stensrud, 5314 Quail Hollow Dr, Temple, TX, 76502, 254-986-3498

  2. Dorthea, Cy, and Craig, I am so very sorry for your loss. May God bless you and be with you during this difficult time. I love you. Patti and Glen

  3. Dorthea, Cy, & Craig, We share your loss. We have lost a dear friend and a great man. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. Roy D.(Dude) Cash & Sharon Cash Cotten

  4. Dear Mrs Hardin and family – I was very sorry to learn of Jim’s death. He was a fine gentleman. We shall all miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless you all in this difficult time.

  5. Mrs. Hardin and family, My family and I offer our condolences. We all will be thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.

  6. Mrs. Hardin, Cy & Craig: I was sorry to hear of your loss. I will always hold fond memories of Jim golfing at San Felipe, fishing at Amistad, his soft-touched mentoring in accounting, and laughing. I apologize that I could not be at the funeral and will offer a special prayer for Jim.

  7. Cy & Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. God Bless! Teri, Bill & Cami Barnhill

  8. Dorthea & family, Kathy and I want to express our deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your great husband Jim. He will be missed and our prayers are with all of you. God Bless You and we will stop to visit when we are in Del Rio at the end of this month. Manny & Kathy Perez

  9. Cy & Famly: I was deeply saddened to learn of your loss. I appreciated your words of support as I faced health issues with my father and wish for peace and comfort for you all.

  10. Dear Dorthea, Cy & Craig, We were very sorry to hear about Jim. We loved him very much. Our family recalls so many great times with Jim. One time Jim and Dorthea came to Alice, Texas to visit. Jim had a new camera and wanted to take everyone’s picture. So we gathered together, smiled and waited and waited… You see Jim wasn’t too familiar yet with his new camera. When he did finally snap the picture, Jennifer who was very young at the time, clapped and we all busted up laughing. Jim was so precious and he will be dearly missed by all of us. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. God bless.

  11. Dear Dorthea, Cy and Craig, Please accept my condolences. I pray for your comfort at this time of loss. Time and memories will take care of the healing. Fondly, Jimmy

  12. Mrs. Hardin, Cy, Craig and Family, I am honored to write in your guest book. Please accept my sympathy and prayers of support for the gaping hole in your heart his sudden passing has brought. I am a friend of Craig and Mary’s but did not hear of Mr Hardin’s passing until 1/16/07. I am no stranger to grief and loss. It is with certainty that God has taken him in, allow His Grace to comfort you as you mourn. Hold fast the loving & happy memories—they will warm your souls and permit the tears you shed to bring you comfort. It all takes time and in time we will all be reunited in Heaven. God bless you all!

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