Wilbur Hardee


Age: 89

founder of the Hardee's Restaurant fast-food chain who opened his first walk-up hamburger joint in eastern North Carolina in 1960, but who was long gone from the enterprise when it grew to be the nation's largest privately held franchise company with more than 2,900 stores nationwide and in 11 countries.

Cause of Death: Unspecified causes

Born: August 15, 1918

Died: June 20, 2008

Greenville, North Carolina