Choctaw County community mourns loss of Hardin

Moe Hardin
Staff Writer

Choctaw County High School’s community is missing a piece of its heart this week with the loss of a fellow Charger.

Senior football and baseball player Moe Hardin passed away on Tuesday morning after complications from a liver transplant. The Choctaw County family mourned the death of the bright young student athlete and football coach and athletics director Ben Ashley spoke of his impact.

“You do this for a living and surround yourself with kids and there are some that stick out and he was one of them,” Ashley said. “You never had to worry about him taking care of his business. He’ll be missed.”
Hardin was a multi-sport standout for the Chargers in baseball and in football. It was the gridiron where he stood out the most as he was second on the team this season with 106 tackles making 16 tackles for loss and recording 10 sacks.

Shortly after the Class 3A, Region 4 championship season came to a close for Choctaw County, Hardin came down with strep throat. The sickness eventually led to some issues with Hardin’s liver which required a transplant and Hardin wasn’t able to recover from that over the next few months.

Though the news is tragic for the Chargers and for Hardin’s family, Ashley said he left nothing but a positive impact on his classmates, the staff and everyone he met.

Ashley credits that to his family for raising him the right way.

“You can’t imagine how good of a kid he was,” Ashley said. “Everybody in the school knew that kid and they respected him because of how he carried himself. He was just ‘Big Mo.’ He was a tremendous leader for us. He didn’t say a whole lot but everybody respected him. In today’s culture, a lot of people respect loud, but it was about the way he handled himself.”