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Horry County Legacy Business Recognition

On February 24, 2017 in Events

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Board of Architectural Review’s Legacy Business Recognition Program will recognize three Loris businesses on March 17, 2017, with ribbon cutting ceremonies. A ceremony will be held at the Hardwick Funeral Home at 10 a.m., at Graham Brothers Farm Supply at 10:30 a.m., and at the Stevens Law Firm at 11 a.m. The ceremonies are free and open to the public.

In 1921, Jennings Hardwick began selling caskets at Peoples Hardware Store, and used his truck as a funeral coach. In 1948, Harold Hardwick, Jennings' son, began working in the business when he was only 14. After the passing of both father and son, the 3rd generation, Stephen Hardwick, became the owner and operator. Hardwick Funeral Home provides funeral, burial and cremation services as well as life celebration services.

Graham Brothers Farm Supply started in 1948 when Harvey Graham, Sr. began selling fertilizer, fruit, Christmas trees, and hail insurance. In 1951, he and his brother Horace built a feed mill, and then a farm supply store on Railroad Ave. In 1965 Harvey Jr. joined the family business, and Harvey Graham, III, joined in 1986. Today, Harvey and Harvey (Grayson) Graham, IV, continue successfully operating the feed and grain supply store.

In 1948-49, James Stevens enrolled at the University of South Carolina under the GI Bill. He went onto USC's Law School, obtaining his law degree and returned to Loris to set up his law practice.  In addition to his practice, James served in the South Carolina Senate. In 1973, his son Jimmy graduated from USC's Law School and joined the practice. In 1986, James retired from the practice but remained with the law firm as “of counsel.”

The Horry County Legacy Business Recognition Program pays tribute to local businesses that have contributed to the economic heritage of Horry County for more than 50-continuous years.  Hardwick Funeral Home is located at 4831 Main Street in Loris, Graham Brothers Farm Supply is located at 3818 Railroad Avenue in Loris, and the Stevens Law Firm is located at 3341 Broad Street in Loris. For more information, contact Mary Catherine Hyman, Senior Planner with Horry County Planning & Zoning at 843-915-5340.