Richard “Hank” Arnold Hartness, 82, of Statesville, N.C., passed away  at his home surrounded by his family on August 5, 2020.

He was born May 20, 1938, in Alexander County, N.C., the son of the late Vance Billy Hartness and Hazel Pharr Hartness. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 63 years, Ethelene Hartness; three brothers; and two sisters.

Hank worked for and retired from Acme metal company, where he was a supervisor. He was a humble man who loved the Lord, shared the Gospel and played the guitar with his great grandson Chantz Shook at nursing homes. He was a charter member of Northview Freewill Baptist Church and was an ordained deacon and minister. Hank was a devoted caretaker to his wife and was devoted to his family, enjoying nothing more than time spent in their company.

Left to cherish his memory are his children, Doris Dellinger and husband Ricky, Alisa Bunton and husband Jeffery, and Michael Hartness, all of Statesville, N.C.; grandchildren, Crissy (Cary) Shook, Chad Dellinger, Chelsea (Johnathan) Homesley, Ethan (Jessica) Bunton, and Logan Beth Hartness; great grandchildren, Chantz, Cassidy and Carrigan Shook, Kayleigh and Chase Dellinger, Olivia, Lincoln, Madeline and Emma Homesley, and Crew Bunton; sister, Betty Hartness Murdock and husband Kenneth; and numerous other loving family and friends.

A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 9, 2020, at Northview Freewill Baptist Church, 112 Bethlehem Road, Statesville, NC 28677 with Pastor Allen Freedell officiating. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service at the church. A private interment will be held at Iredell Memorial Gardens at a later date.

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Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the family.

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