Anthony “Tony” Hardin


Anthony Lamar Hardin, better known as “Tony”, was born October 26, 1958 in Welch, West Virginia to Otis and Reba Hardin (both now deceased). The family resided in the nearby town of Jenkinjones, a very close-knit community where everyone looked out for each other. His father Otis was a coal miner, and his mother Reba was a homemaker and we believe, the best cook in town!

Tony was born a day before his sister Joyce’s seventeenth birthday, an anomaly in a town consisting of mostly older couples, so he was adored by his family and everyone else.

Tony attended Anawalt Elementary School and graduated from Gary High School in 1976. He excelled in basketball, and it was said that his coach thought that Tony ranked amongst the best players he’d ever seen.

After high school, Tony followed in his father’s footsteps and did a brief stint working in the coal mines. He eventually relocated to Columbus, Ohio, where he would remain until his passing.

Tony transitioned on Thursday, December 28, 2023. He is survived by sons, Rashon, Rico and Rakeem Hardin of Ohio, Christopher Cardwell of Florida; other children unnamed; his brother, Herbert McMillian of Jamaica, New York; sisters, Joyce Neal (Raliegh) of Reston, Virginia, Lecia Carter (Ronald) of Charlotte, NC and Mari Flanagan (Rev. Dr. Chelton) of Cleveland, Ohio, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Visitation 1:00 PM and Funeral Service 2:00 PM Saturday, February 3, 2024 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. (one block east of Noe Bixby, turn North on Lonsdale Rd).

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  1. Nothing left for me to say. Tony is my Family. Love you all

  2. Sabrenna R. Boffman

    Tony was like a big brother who always made me laugh. We had some good times and i will miss him and remember the good times we had. My prayers go out to his family. I will never forget you or your saying “Down By Law”.

  3. You’re in my thoughts at this time. I hope you hold onto the warm memories you shared together, and that they continue to bring you peace.

    My sincere condolences.

  4. My Condolences to the family. Slim was like a family member to me. My “Road dog”. He called everyone boy. Don’t think anyone ever knew his name. Was a Buffalo Bills fan only if they won the game. Wherever he went his presence was definitely known. He will be sadly missed but never forgotten.

  5. Larry K. banks & Family

    Praying for this family, his Mom Mrs. Reba was like a second Mom to me, we send our Heartfelt Sympathy to the Hardin Family.

    Tracey Yvette Carrington
    Larry Kenneth Banks
    Phyllis Ann Thompson
    Tyrone Banks

  6. Slim was by road dog for the 15 or so years he was with me every day we ate together. Laugh together and argue together, but nothing’s changed. He’s still the road dog that I’ve always remembered. I’ll miss the good times and the bad times with you. And all the hospital visits with you and all the ways you argue be safe. Love you , man

  7. Veronice Travis Hilliard

    To the families of Anthony (Tony) Hardin we send our sympathy and prayers.

    Our lives are in God’s hands in everything we do. He always sees us through.
    Family find strength and hope in knowing that God was with Tony everyday.

    Veronice Travis Hilliard and Family and the United Hometown Reunion Family

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