Bill Harding Funeral Services Schedule

Edwards Funeral Home.

Here are details on visitation, services, and burial for Bill this week. You can sign the guest book and read tributes, too.

I found a couple of pictures of Bill.

Here’s one from about 3 or 4 years ago when we took the Manufacturing Executives Association on a tour of the dam project. Wendy thinks he’s getting ready to throw that rock at me and my camera.

Just this weekend, the reservoir reached 100% capacity.

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This one, from around August 2005 is technically challenged. The pilots in the 2 F-16s are Col. Kevin Wear and Col. Tom Anderson. We’d won the BRAC War, and Kevin was making his first flight in several weeks. Tom took him up for a recertification mission. They invited Bill and me out to the base to watch. We sat in on the pre-flight briefing, “stepped” with the pilots out to the ramp, and then rode out to the end of the runway and watched the crews perform final pre-flight checks. Tom was first off the ramp. He lit it up cherry red on takeoff. Kevin was more conservative. We razzed him for such a “wimpy” take-off.

Bill, Tom, and Kevin developed a strong trust for one another — in a very short amount of time. This coming Wednesday will mark two years since our adventuresome trip to and from San Antonio for the BRAC hearings, and an aerial race to beat BRAC Chairman Anthony Principi to Fort Smith for his site visit to the 188th. We turned a corner during a July 5 meeting with staff in DC, and during the July 11 hearing, we took off toward victory. The impossible was becoming very, very “doable.”

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JW at Bedford Camera & Video is working on lightening Bill up a bit. Jeff Beauchamp is such a friend to Fort Smith, and to me. He called early this morning, offering to provide memorial photos for the services, or whatever we needed.

We’re thinking we’ll do 3 enlargements each of these two photos — one for each daughter.

5 thoughts on “Bill Harding Funeral Services Schedule

  1. Hi Tracy,

    I just wanted to drop a note and sayI’m sorry to hear your friend died. And I think the photo idea is great.

    When my friend Bill died last Fall (at age 43), I sent out a message to everyone I could that knew him and asked for a short blurb on what Bill meant to them. I took the 50 responses and photos I pulled together and made 4 identical Memory Books for his widow and three teenage boys.

    About a month ago, one of his sons looked me up to tell me how much they appreciatedit. A teenage boy that I only knew in passing — imagine that. I was so surprised and touched that he would go to that effort.

    I’m sure the photos would mean more to his kids that any of you realize right now.

    Carolyne

  2. Carolyne —

    Thank you sooooo much for your words of encouragement. My friends at Bedford’s do this more often than you think. They do a lot more than sell photo equipment and processing. They get the concept behind your memory books — images of loved ones help us reconcile, remember, and recover.

  3. Trady,
    I just came across your site. Thank you so much for providing the photo for the funeral. His work with you on keeping the 188th in Ft. Smith was the accomplishment of which he was most proud. You were a very dear friend to him.
    Patty Harding

  4. Hey, Patty —

    Thanks for stopping by. I can’t imagine how tough things are for you and the girls. It’s been difficult for awhile, I know. But you’re all tough women. As he would say, “Lean forward in the foxhole,” and let us know if we can help.

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