Striffler-Hamby Mortuary - Columbus

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James Rufus Hardy

August 25, 1943February 5, 2020

James Rufus Hardy, age 76, of Columbus, Georgia passed away on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. James was born August 25, 1943 in Goldsboro, North Carolina to the late Alice Lee Jones Hardy and James J. Hardy.

James married Edna Louise Williams in April of 1966, and they were married for almost 54 years. Together they settled in Columbus after James was stationed at Fort Benning. James faithfully served his country in the United States Army, serving during the Vietnam War. When he retired from the Army, James went to work as a school bus driver for the Muscogee County School System. He took great care of his children who rode his bus. James was a faithful member of Second Baptist Church of Columbus for over 20 years. He was a family man. James loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him.

James is survived by his wife, Edna Hardy; daughter, JoAnne Redd (Ricky Redd); son, Todd Nelson; grandchildren, Jamie Miller and Gage Nelson; great-grandchildren, Ryan Redd, Lydia Miller, Dakota Miller and Joseph Miller; sisters, JoAnne Austin and Sandra Hatch (David Hatch); two nieces and one nephew.

A visitation for family and friends for James will be held Sunday, February 16, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Second Baptist Church, 2800 2nd Ave., Columbus, Georgia, 31904. There will be a service in April with military honors.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.shcolumbus.com for the Hardy family.


  • Edna Hardy, Wife
  • JoAnne Redd (Ricky Redd), Daughter
  • Todd Nelson, Son
  • Jamie Miller, Grandchild
  • Gage Nelson, Grandchild
  • Ryann Redd, Great-Grandchild
  • Lydia Miller, Great Great Grandchild
  • Dakota Miller, Great-Grandchild
  • Joseph Miller, Great-Grandchild
  • JoAnne Austin, Sister
  • Sandra Hatch (David Hatch), Sister
  • Mr. James Hardy also leaves two nieces and one nephew to cherish his loving memory.

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  • Visitation for Family & Friends

    Sunday, February 16, 2020


James Rufus Hardy

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