Herbert “Hobo” Hoover Harding

December 4, 1929 ~ May 26, 2019 (age 89)
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Herbert Hover “Hobo” Harding, 89, a resident of Jeanerette, LA and native of Weeks Island, LA, passed away at 12:35 AM on Sunday May 26, 2019 at the Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Lafayette, LA.

Visitation will be observed on Thursday May 30, 2019 from 10:00 AM until funeral services at 1:00 PM at the St. Paul United Methodist Church 1405 Annie Moore Drive Jeanerette, Louisiana 70544. A Celebration of Life, celebrating the life of Mr. Herbert Hoover Harding will begin at 1:00 PM with Pastor Darrell W Briggs Sr., officiating the services.

Herbert Hoover Harding


Herbert Hoover Harding known to his family and friends as “Hobo” was born and reared in Weeks Island, LA on December 4, 1929 to William Harding, Sr. and Hattie Mitchell Harding. He departed this life on  Sunday, May 26, 2019 at 12:35 AM at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in  Lafayette, LA. 

He married Marie T. Harding and moved to Jeanerette, LA during which three children were born, and after Marie’s passing he married Mary Lorraine Freeman Harding in which one son was born.  He has resided in Jeanerette for over 60 years.  He was baptized at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Jeanerette, LA where he remained a member until his passing.

Just being nice was his motto, the secret is treating people nicely and hope you might get treated nice in return.  He was always nice to people. Everywhere you would go, someone would always say, “Hobo did a favor for me.”  His true legacy will always be the respectful manner in which he treated every person he met. 

His love was playing baseball, he was one of the best unrecognized pitchers in the world.  Herbert’s baseball passion began on Weeks Island while attending school and continued while in minor leagues throughout the local parishes.  He was a jack of all trades:  a carpenter, plumber, and electrician; you name it, he could do it.  He retired after forty-five plus years with  Morton Salt as an Operator.

Herbert was preceded in death by his parents, William, Sr. and Hattie   Mitchell Harding, two wives, Marie T. Harding, and Mary L. Harding, one son, Barry Harding, two grandsons, Demond Harding and Darius Harding, four brothers:  Manuel Harding, William Harding, Jr., Wilbur Harding, and Eartha Harding; three sisters, Helen Spencer, Ruth “Mary” Barabin, and Sarah Prince.

He leaves to continue to celebrate his life, three children:  Donald Ray (Beverly) Harding of  Jeanerette, LA, Donna Maxine (Wendell) Bogan of Verdunville, LA and Dwayne (Monica)     Harding of Franklin, LA and a  niece reared like a daughter, Hattie Mae Thompson; ten  grandchildren: Conxavia Feazell, Christian (Jamaika) Eugene, Tremaine Harding, Jermaine Harding, Wrenrick (Zantavia) Bogan, Justin Harding, Andranaye Harding, Wydrick Harding, Alexis Harding and  Desmond  Johnson and eleven great grandchildren. He also leaves a daughter in law, Naomi Harding, a brother in law who helped in his care, Raymond Freeman, a loyal neighbor, Mary D. Cola, and sister in law, Agnes Lewis along with his nieces, nephews,  relatives and friends.

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