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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