Hardage - Giddens Chapel Hills Funeral Home and Cemetery

850 St Johns Bluff Road North, Jacksonville, FL


Harold K. Hardy Jr.

December 8, 1921May 6, 2020
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Harold K. Hardy Jr., known to most as Grandpa Hardy, 98, went home to be with the Lord on May 6, 2020 at his home in Jacksonville, Florida surrounded by love from his family. He was born in Dublin, GA and raised in Waycross, GA by Harold and Alma (Flynn) Hardy along with his brother John F. Hardy, all of whom preceded him in death.

He was a very proud Marine Veteran who served his country during World War II in the Pacific as a Staff Sargent, Aerial Gunner and Airplane Mechanic.

He married the love of his life, Elise (Ford) Hardy in Sept of 1946, whom also preceded him in death. Together, they lived a wonderful life in Jacksonville, FL and raised two beautiful children. His career, after military life, was as a salesman for Tomberlin Cigar Candy Co and Consolidated Cigar Corp.

He loved the Lord and serving his people. Deacon Emeritus, Member of the Choir, and Sunday School Class Director to name a few things he was involved in at his church, Kernan Blvd Baptist Church. He will be remembered by many for all his hugs and cheek kisses plus the many Grandpa Hardy stories that we all know and love.

His love for outdoors shown through the many activities he loved to do as he journeyed through his many years of life. He was an avid quail hunter. If he managed to stay in the boat, he always caught the biggest fish just like the rest of his bass fisherman buddies. He also loved to tend to the needs of his delightful garden.

His memories will be cherished and kept alive by his daughter Alma Edenfield; his son and wife, Ken and Beverly Hardy; his grandchildren, Jason Hardy (Laurie), Alicia Thomas (Wade Hjelm) , Melissa Peters (Wes), Eva Hartwell (Steve); his great grandchildren, Harrison, Tate, Owen, Lillian, Kate, Christian, Mason, Avery, Addison; and many other family and friends.

The family wishes to thank Community Hospice & Palliative for its thoughtful service and support. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor at https://www.communityhospice.com/give/. He will be laid to rest next to his beautiful bride at Hardage – Giddens Chapel Hill Funeral Home, 850 St Johns Bluff Road North Jacksonville, FL 32225 on Tuesday May 12, 2020 at 11:00am.

Due to government restrictions, the funeral service will be held privately for limited family members.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Harold K. Hardy Jr.

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Terri Pope

May 23, 2020

I've know Grandpa Hardy for along time. He always called me his redheaded girlfriend. I loved him dearly

Keith and Lisa Jones

May 12, 2020

He will be tremendously missed! Such an inspiration!

Carol Thorson

May 11, 2020

Mr. Harold was such a blessing to all who knew and loved him! He loving presence at Chick-fil-a Regency park was one we will all remember forever! His love, hugs, kind words and sharing the love of Jesus will forever remain in my heart! Lifting all his family and friends up to the Lord in prayer!🙏🙏 My life is very blessed to have shared a friendship with Mr. Harold! 💜💜

Sharon Pire

May 11, 2020

It's impossible to sum up a life in a few words, especially this life! Grandpa Hardy was truly one of a kind. He loved and was loved by so many. So many funny memories and stories! He was a fixture in our lives, one of the pillars of SSEBC and later, Kernan. I know he will be so missed, but I also know he is doing more than wonderful today, and I know we will see him again. Love you, Hardy family. Thank you for sharing Grandpa with all of us!

Precious in the sight of the LORD Is the death of His saints. ~ Psalm 115:16

Sharon Barry

May 10, 2020

I am grateful for the chance to get to know Mr. Harold a bit better in recent years as I accompanied hymns for the 81+ Sunday School class. Mr. Harold directed the hymn the best he could, though he often claimed to not know the hymn well nor be able to see the hymn book clearly. Once he asked me if he could call me “Sweetheart”, because his memory was so bad, he couldn’t remember names! I said, “Sweetheart works for me!” I was amazed at his joyful spirit and the stories of his fishing outings with Mr. Neil (both men well into their 90’s). As others have mentioned, I was inspired by Mr. Harold’s strong love for the Lord Jesus and his testimony of faithfulness to Christ and the church. We will surely miss Mr. Harold in so many ways.

John Graper

May 10, 2020

Debra and I will always fondly remember Mr. Hardy as a kind hearted and faithful man who loved his family , country and church. I remember him speaking at KBBC once declaring his love for our church and church family. We will do our utmost to carry on as a faithful servant of Jesus just as he did. God speed Mr. Hardy.

Chris Carder

May 10, 2020

Grandpa Hardy was a great prayer warrior...thank you for all you did for the Lord and for everyone around you.

Kimberly Harris Raeford

May 9, 2020

I will always remember coming to Grandpa Hardy’s house with my Grandma and Grandaddy so my Grandaddy could go out in the garden with Grandpa Hardy and “work” but they always were talking when I looked out the window.
Also on Sunday mornings at Church when I was super small up until we moved out of Jacksonville getting his sweet kisses on my cheek. And his facial hair rubbing on my cheek as he said “I love you darlin”.

Patricia and David Letendre

May 9, 2020

Grandpa Hardy could always put a smile on your face. Quick witted and man who loved the Lord. We always enjoyed talking with him. You lived a long life and served the Lord. We treasure our memories of you.

Kim Freeman

May 9, 2020

Tom and I loved and respected him so much
He loved the Lord with all his ❤️

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