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Wayne Liston Hardy

May 27, 1949 March 9, 2022
Wayne Liston Hardy
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Wayne Liston Hardy, 72, passed from this life unexpectedly on 9 March 2022. Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Clarice Hardy, his maternal grandparents, Clarence and Hilda Lee, and his paternal grandparents, Milford and Julia Hardy. Wayne is survived by his wife of nearly 32 years Sarah Susan Hardy, his sister Susan Lehn of White Rock, British Columbia, her sons Michale (Tamsin) Lehn, Mark (Fiona) Lehn, and Craig Lehn, his wonderful great-nephews and great-niece, his brother Clyde Hardy of Bryson City, North Carolina, and his brother-in-law Tim Poppel of Milton, Florida. Wayne was a bonus dad to Sarah’s son and daughter-in-law, Tommy and Rachel Thursby, and was PeePaw to their children Anna and Sam. Wayne’s love extended beyond blood and marriage lines. He was a father figure to Adrienne and Anika Barnes-Story and to Milan and Eva Novotny, and was a grandfather to the Novotny children Matyas and Vincent. Wayne leaves behind several close friends in California, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas, with whom gatherings ensured that a good time was had by all.

Wayne was born in Clewiston, Florida in 1949. Raised in a Navy family, he attended 22 schools and traveled the country as he grew up, living as far south as the Florida Keys and as far north as Maine. Wayne was inducted into the Army at 20 years old and served as a cook in Fort Polk, Louisiana. He remained in the Army for only a short time and was honorably discharged in August of 1971. After his Army years, Wayne worked a number of interesting jobs across fields and career paths. Eventually, his hospitality experiences led him to Quincy, where he applied his foodservice expertise to design the menu and support the opening of the Nicholson Farmhouse Restaurant. Here he met his wife, Sarah Susan. Wayne later accepted a position as the Food Service Director at Walton Correctional Institution and eventually moved into a corrections officer position, which he held until retirement.

Wayne Hardy was a good, kind man, and his love for and devotion to Sarah Susan was expressed in his daily actions. He led children and dogs on grand adventures in the yard. He liked to help people, and fix things, and help people fix things. He enjoyed cruising, tinkering, and getting involved in a multitude of little projects around the house. If ever someone needed a random tool or gadget, Wayne would disappear and return a few minutes later with the very item needed. He was thoughtful and generous, and could always elicit a laugh. He will be deeply missed by his family, his friends, and Gracie his cat.

A memorial service will be held at Gretna Baptist Church in Gretna, Florida on Friday 18 March 2022 at 11:00am with a meal following for the family. Charles McClellan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to either Appalachian Animal Rescue Center (851 Lake Emory Road, Franklin, NC 28734) or Florida Baptist Children’s Homes (P.O. Box 8190 Lakeland, FL 33802).

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