W4VAH - January 18, 2010

William J. Harden
Hudgins, VA

W4VAH - William J. Harden William Joyner Harden, 76, died peacefully on Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at Riverside Walter Reed Hospital surrounded by his loving family and friends.

He was born in Norfolk, Va., on March 4, 1933, to the late Lillian Joyner Harden and Hersey Melton Harden. He was a 1951 graduate of Granby High School in Norfolk and attended the Virginia Polytechnic Division of the College of William and Mary (now Old Dominion University). He was an amateur radio operator (Ham) for more than 60 years with the call letters of 'W4VAH' and was a member of several radio clubs. He proudly served in the United States National Guard, was employed by WTAR-TV as an engineer and later as Chief Engineer at WVEC-TV. He left that position to spend the next 25 years of his career as an Electronics Technician at the U.S. Naval Air Rework Facility, Norfolk, Va., retiring in 1988.

In 1997, he realized his dream when he moved to his Mathews, Va., waterfront home, where he loved boating, fishing and growing his own oysters. He was a member of the Mathews Memorial Library, and the Mathews Yacht Club.

Left to cherish his memory are his devoted wife of 48 years, Mildred Fisher Harden; a son, Donald William Harden and wife, Mary of Newport News; a daughter, Patricia Harden Warren and husband, Wesley of Chesapeake; three grandchildren whom he adored, Christine Harden Brown of Kingston, Tenn., Rachel Elizabeth Kistler and Megan Lynn Warren of Chesapeake; and two great-grandchildren, Kayla and Riley Brown of Kingston, Tenn.; cousins, nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

A memorial service celebrating Bill's life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at Central United Methodist Church, 121 Church Street, Mathews.

The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the nurses, doctors and staff in the Emergency Room and Intensive Care Unit of Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, Gloucester, Va., for their compassionate care of Bill during his recent illness.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad, Box 723, Mathews, VA 23109 or to EDMARC Hospice for Children, 516 London Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704. Arrangements are under the care of Foster-Faulkner Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Mathews. The family is at the residence and welcomes visitors and friends.