The family and friends of Doris Hardee Mooney are mourning her passing in Liberty Commons of Whiteville on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Yet they celebrate a life well lived and full of caring for others.
Doris came into this world on March 13, 1924, in Whiteville, as the first child of George Dewey Hardee Sr. and Mamie Hickman Hardee. She lived her life on her own terms. She married the late Till Mooney in 1942 and was happily married for 53 years.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Till; her oldest brother, “Buck” Hardee; and her loving sister, Marian Hardee Stover Struve.
Doris was very active in Whiteville and in her children’s school activities. She served as the president of the Whiteville PTA and president of the Whiteville Band Booster Club. While serving as the PTA president, she helped start and managed the operation of the annual Halloween Carnival held in the old Moore’s Warehouse each year. She also shared her mother’s love for Westminster Presbyterian Church and worked many hours raising funds for the church and spent many years keeping the church nursery. She worked many years as a cashier at Memory’s Supermarket and Hill’s Supermarket. After she retired, she worked part-time at Furney Baker’s antique shop. She always enjoyed being out interacting with the public. She traced back her love of dealing with the public to her very first job while she was still in high school, when she was first employed by J.S. Mann’s.
A private, invitation only, graveside service will be held Saturday, April 26 at Peacock’s Columbus Memorial Park with Rev. Mark Fisher officiating. Pallbearers will be Heath Little, Chris Little, Jason Smith, Scott Floyd, Brian Miller and Levy Jones. A service for the public will be held at a later date.
She leaves behind to cherish her memory, two daughters, Sue Mooney Tedder of Hallsboro and Nancy Mooney Little (Chester) of Whiteville; one son, Thomas Tillman Mooney (Tom Frank) of Whiteville; a most beloved brother and sister-in-law, William Kenneth Hardee and Pat of Wilmington; six grandsons, Brian Watts of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Matt Tedder and Heath Little, both of Whiteville, Chris Little of Clarksville, Tenn., Brandon Alman of South Lyon, Mich. and Ryan Alman of Brighton, Mich; one granddaughter, Ashley Alman of South Lyon, Mich.; and 17 great-grandchildren to carry her legacy. She also leaves behind her very special nieces, Lisa Winesette, Dawn Hardee McQuire and Susan Hardee Rickenbacher; and her endeared nephews, Mike Winesette, Ken (Little Ken) Hardee and Jamie Hardee. Her family takes comfort that she is now in Heaven with her most beloved friend, Elizabeth Wyche.