"Mr. Cliff', as he was affectionately known by the farmers of Horry County, was born in Horry County in 1894, the son of Nathan E. Hardwick and Rebecca Reaves Hardwick. As a young man he learned about farming by working with his father. He also learned about surveying land from his father and assisted him in surveying and later was an accomplished surveyor himself.
Always interested in the progress of Horry County, he served as Chairman of the County Board of Commissioners from 1937-41. During this time he did much to improve the rural roads of the County.
His knowledge of local crops and farming was of much value to him as he pursued a business career as a highly respected tobacco warehouseman. He first purchased the fourth warehouse that operated in Loris from the Coops after they failed to make a success of it. He operated the Farmers Warehouse several years and later it was sold to another group. Hardwick built the fifth warehouse in Loris and it was operated under the name of the Loris Warehouse. This one burned at a financial loss in 1947. The sixth warehouse was built by Hardwick and operated by him, a man named Mitchell, and George C. Butler. It was later sold to Harry C. Lewis. The Brick Warehouse was then built as the seventh warehouse in Loris and was operated by Hardwick and King Walden. This was the last warehouse to be operated by him and was sold because of his death.
For many years Hardwick also provided an outlet for local produce before The Farmers Market was established, thus showing his interest in the farmers' welfare. In 1948 he was elected to serve his county in the S.C. House of Representatives. He was unable to complete his term because of ill health.
Hardwick married Odie Harrelson of Green Sea. Their two children are Jack and Rebecca. Mrs. Hardwick died in 1938 at the age of 47. He later married DeRotha Hughes Hardwick of Tabor City, NC, in 1949. Both Cliff Hardwick and DeRotha Hughes Hardwick died in 1968.
Rebecca Hardwick married Charles McQueen and they reside in Loris. They have two daughters, Cheryl and Julie. Jack Hardwick resides in Colorado Springs.
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