AUGUSTA, Ga. - Dorothy Bolton Shell Hardman died on April 21, 2006. She was born June 4, 1911, in Mobile, Alabama to Dr. Henry Hilliard Shell and wife William (Willie) McCurdy Shell and grew up in Bainbridge, Georgia where her father served as pastor of the First Baptist Church. She graduated with honors from Shorter College, majoring in music, piano, organ, and taught piano in Bainbridge before marrying Lamartine Griffin Hardman, Jr. and moving to Commerce, Georgia, where she was an involved member of the community for 62 years. Known to her family and friends as "Dot," Mrs. Hardman participated with her husband in textile and banking activities nationally. Her service on boards included the Georgia Federation of Women's Clubs, the Tallulah Falls School, and the Garden Club of Georgia. She played a significant role in the development of the Commerce Public Library, was a founding member of the Commerce Study Club, shared her musical talent through piano and organ recitals, and was a dedicated member of the First Baptist Church. She spent summers at a home in Nacoochee Valley. Mrs. Hardman moved in 1996 to Brandon Wilde in Augusta, Georgia, where she enjoyed cultural events and was a member of the First Baptist Church. Her husband and her oldest son, Lamartine Griffin Hardman III of Commerce and Athens, Georgia predeceased Mrs. Hardman. Surviving family members include her son, Dr. John Barnett Hardman, and his wife, Laura Jones Hardman of Atlanta; daughter, Shell Hardman Knox, and her husband, Wyckliffe Austin Knox, Jr. of Augusta; daughter-in-law, Mary Talmadge Hardman of Athens; grandchildren: Lamartine Griffin Hardman IV and his wife, Catherine Clapp Hardman; Wyckliffe Austin Knox III; Shell Knox Berry and her husband, Lawrence Reab Berry III, Sam Talmadge Hardman; John Hardman Knox, Davis Purcell Knox and his wife Gina Neely Knox, William Benjamin Hardman, Laura Hardman Collins and her husband, John Richard Collins; John Boisfeuillet Hardman, Hilliard Barnett Hardman; five great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Emma Hardman Thomson of Atlanta; four nephews and three nieces. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, April 24, 2006 at the First Baptist Church of Augusta. The family will receive friends beginning at 10 am in the rotunda of the church. Interment will be at 4:00 pm in Commerce, Georgia at the Gray Hill Cemetery adjacent to the First Baptist Church where the family will receive friends following the burial. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Dorothy Shell Hardman Music Scholarship Fund at Mercer University, 1400 Coleman Avenue, Macon, Georgia 31207 or a charity of one's choice. Platt's Funeral Home, 721 Crawford Avenue, Augusta, Georgia 30904.
The Augusta Chronicle-April 24, 2006