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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice


January 2022

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Adrian Harding

Adrian Harding
Equipment Operator I
Wynne Freight Terminal

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is grieving the loss of an employee that is related to the COVID-19 virus.

67-year old Adrian Harding, Equipment Operator I at the Wynne Freight Terminal in Huntsville, tested positive for COVID-19 on December 23, 2021, and was admitted to St. Luke’s Methodist Hospital in Houston. His condition deteriorated while hospitalized and he died on Monday, January 10, 2022.

Mr. Harding began working for the agency in March 2020.

“TDCJ continues to grieve over the loss of so many employees from this deadly virus,” said Executive Director Bryan Collier. “Although Mr. Harding had only worked for the department for less than 2 years, he was a valuable asset to the agency and we extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and co-workers.”

Wynne Freight Terminal Manager Michelle Mesecke said, “Mr. Harding grew up in the trucking industry at his father’s side when he was barely old enough to see over the steering wheel. He made it his career for over 50 years.” She added that “he loved telling truck driving stories from his past experiences and was always willing to share his knowledge with the other drivers. He was a hard-working and extremely dependable person. He enjoyed life and always seemed to find laughter in every day. He will truly be missed by all of us.”

Adrian Harding is survived by his wife and daughter.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has had seventy-five employees who have died in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.