Hardee Trudell Yonce, Jr.

February 20, 1937June 13, 2021

A funeral service for Hardee Trudell Yonce, Jr. will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, 2021 at Providence Lutheran Church, 840 Old Chapin Road, Lexington, SC with interment to follow at the church cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to service from 2:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Providence Lutheran Church in the sanctuary. Memorials may be made to the church.

H.T. was born February 20, 1937 in West Columbia, SC. He was the son of H. Trudell Yonce, Sr. and Ora Muse Yonce. He was predeceased by his older brother, Monroe Yonce.

H.T. graduated Brookland-Cayce High School where he was a member of the track team where, among other things, he pole vaulted. He was a member of the BC Bearcat football team where he was selected to the City Allstar Team as a tight end in 1956. He attended Clemson University. He was a long-standing IPTAY member and remained faithful to Clemson throughout his life. H.T. served in the South Carolina Air National Guard where he worked on F-84 jets.

H.T. worked for his father, Trudell Yonce, Sr. at Yonce Motors in Columbia, SC as Parts Manager for several years in the 1960s. He then owned and operated Yonce’s Store at Lake Murray for many years throughout the 1970s and 1980s where he made countless lifelong friends. He was employed by Stephryn Industries as Maintenance Manager for many years afterward. Beyond retirement, he stayed busy working part time for AMC Theaters for 20 more years.

H.T. was a kind and friendly man with a huge heart for others. H.T. never met a stranger. No matter where he went, he always would see someone he knew.

H.T. was a long-standing member of Providence Lutheran Church. He loved God, read his bible many times over, and always loved his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Cathy; his son, H. Trudell "Ty" Yonce III (Karen); daughter, Tricia Yonce Violette (Erik); grandchildren, Matthew Blackwell, Kelsey Jeffers Murphy (Ray), Noah Trudell Yonce, Jason Blackwell (Taylor), Conner Violette, Erika Violette, and a soon to be great-grandchild; sisters-in-law, Nancy Boan, Bonnie Seigle, Kay Yonce; brother-in-law, Wicky Boan and many nieces and nephews that he loved.


  • Providence Lutheran Church


  • Visitation before service

    Thursday, June 17, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, June 17, 2021

  • Interment following the service

    Thursday, June 17, 2021


Hardee Trudell Yonce, Jr.

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David Steele

June 23, 2021

H.T. - Myself, along with the UNITED STATES AIR FORCE, will always be grateful for who you are, what you did, and how you proudly served the SOUTH CAROLINA AIR NATIONAL GUARD. My heart and my soul stands with you for serving our country.

Cynthia & Kenneth Shumpert

June 17, 2021

Ty,Karen & Family,Keeping you in our thoughts & prayers at this sad time.Remembering Gods Promise We All Meet Again.Love Always,Kenny & Cynthia

Paul and Libby Price

June 17, 2021

Cathy, our sincere condolences to you and your family. He will be truly missed. Paul and Libby Price

David Monts

June 16, 2021

I first met H.T. at his store on Hwy. 6 close to the dam in the 70's. He was a true friend with a big heart. I will always be grateful for the kind words he always had for me and the many ways he helped my Dad and family. Rest in Peace....

John Gissendanner

June 16, 2021

I’ve known HT for over sixty years. He was friend to many and always enjoyed a good time.

I know this is a difficult time for family and friends, but hopefully the day will soon come when sadness is replaced with only good memories.

Lance Tucker

June 15, 2021

Cathy and family, HT was such a great person! I am proud to have been part of this family since 1968. I will pray for your peace of mind during this time. Sincerely, Lance

Regina Swann

June 15, 2021


I am so very sorry to hear this sad news. I know how much your mom and dad mean to you. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Regina D. Swann,
Fairfield Middle School