NORTHPORT | Daniel J. Hargrove, age 80, of 2712 Inland St., Northport, died July 7, 2005 at DCH-Tuscaloosa. Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Sunset Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Hollingshead and Rev. Donald Springer officiating. Burial will follow in Williamson Cemetery with Sunset Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider directing. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Mr. Hargrove is preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters. Survivors include his wife, Katherine Sims Hargrove of Northport; sons, Daniel Joe Hargrove Jr., of Northport and Thomas Lewis Hargrove of Scottsboro, Ala.; daughters, Mary Carol Harkey of Tuscaloosa and Nancy Kay Creighton of Baltimore, Md; seven grandsons, Daniel J. Hargrove III, Patrick Hargrove, Dayton Harkey, Sydney Hargrove, Connor Harkey, Major Hargrove and Willis Harkey.
Mr. Hargrove was born July 29, 1924 in Duncanville, Ala. to George W. Hargrove and Nancy S. Hargrove. He was married to Katherine S. Hargrove for 54 years. He graduated from Aliceville High School in 1942. He served four years in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama in 1953, and a Masters degree in Physics from Mississippi State University in 1961. He was employed as a physicist at Redstone Arsenal in (NASA) Huntsville from 1954 to 1956.
Mr. Hargrove taught advanced math and physics at Tuscaloosa County High School from 1957 to 1975. He taught related math at Shelton State from 1975 to 1989. Mr. Hargrove was considered by many high school and college students as instrumental in their academic success. He had the ability to take a difficult subject and simplify it where it was understandable to the student. He was dedicated to preparing and instilling confidence in his students.
Mr. Hargrove was dedicated to his family. His grandsons were the apple of his eye. He took great measures to insure they felt equally important to him. He will be greatly missed by all those that benefited from his humble non-materialistic life.
Active pallbearers will be Reaves H. Burns, III, William Creighton, Howell Franks, Daniel Joe Hargrove III, Patrick Hargrove, Stan Pate, William Quinby, Rick Rogers and Don Turner. Honorary pallbearers are DCH ICCU doctors and staff, DCH ACCU staff, doctors and staff at UAB, Kirkland Clinic, Lewis M. (Mac) Williams, Leo Sumner, First United Methodist Church, Northridge Baptist Church, Northwood Lake friends and neighbors, Northwood Hills Baptist Church, and Jimmy Hargrove.
In lieu of flowers gifts may be made to the Daniel Joe Hargrove Scholarship fund at Shelton State Community College at 9500 Old Greensboro Rd. Tuscaloosa, Al 35405.
Published in Tuscaloosa News July 9, 2005