Billy Joe Hardin, 61, of Bridge City , passed away Sunday, April 6, 2008 in a local hospital.  Funeral services will be at 11:00 A. M. Wednesday, April 9, 2008 in the Chapel of Dorman Funeral Home in Orange . Officiating will be Reverend Randy Branch, pastor of the Faith United Methodist in West Orange .  A gathering of family and friends will be from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Born on January 25, 1947 in Orange , Texas to Lloyd Clayton and Ethel Josephine (Tasco) Hardin, he was a longtime resident of the Bridge City and Orange area, worked as a heavy equipment operator for the Mundy Company in Orange and was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church in West Orange .  Billy enjoyed fishing and watching sporting events, especially football.  He also enjoyed spending time with his family, most importantly, his grandchildren.
Billy is preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Katherine Hardin Hogan and Patricia Bebe, his father-in-law, Hunter Beaty and his stepdaughter, Ruthanne Reed.  Those who will most cherish his memory are his loving wife Debbie Hardin of Bridge City; daughter, Buffy Hardin McGinnis and husband Chris of Houston; son, Brandon Hardin and wife Mirthala of Porter, Texas; stepson, Jay Reed and wife Wendi of Port Neches; sister, Margaret Waldrep and husband Mike of Deweyville; brothers, John Hardin and wife Janice of Deweyville and Wynne Hardin of Beaumont; grandchildren, Ethan Hardin of Porter; Jordan McGinnis of Houston and Tristina and Michayla Henry of Bridge City. Numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.  Pallbearers will be Jay Reed, John Hardin, Dustin Hogan, T. J. Hardin, Clay Waldrep and Bubba Hogan.  Honorary pallbearer will be Jay Reed.  The family wishes to thank Dr. Randy Lombardo, the staff of the second floor I.C.U. at St. Elizabeth Hospital and the staff of Harbor Hospital of Southeast Texas in Orange .  For those desiring memorial contributions, please make donations to assist the family with final expenses.  Condolences may be sent to the family at