Nora Mae (Ardis) Hadley

April 25, 1928April 4, 2020

Nora Mae Ardis Hadley, who was blessed to live almost 92 years, died on Saturday morning, April 4, 2020.

The daughter of the late Maggie Marshall Ardis and Isaac Ardis, Nora was born on April 25, 1928, in Uriah, Alabama. She grew up in Uriah and graduated from J. U. Blacksher School in 1946. Nora served her country in the United States Navy from 1951-1952 in Norfolk, Virginia, and the Pentagon. Nora returned to Uriah, and was married for 54 years to James F. Hadley, Sr., who preceded her in death in 2007.

Although Nora always considered Alabama her home, she lived a number of years in San Marcos, Texas, and then in Louisville, Kentucky. She was not happy unless she could occasionally bring her feet back to Alabama soil and rekindle the friendships of family and friends there.

Nora was an avid gardener, quilter, crafter, and baker; and was involved in numerous church and community activities throughout her lifetime. In her retirement years she enjoyed crafting intricate handmade Christmas tree ornaments and she took up acrylic and watercolor painting.

Nora is survived by three children, Lelia Hadley Gentle (Stan) of Louisville, Kentucky; James “Jim” Frederick Hadley, Jr. (Tammy Keller) of Buda, Texas; and Charles Isaac “Ike” Hadley (Marijean Jackson) of Alexander City, Alabama; Nora is also survived by her two sisters, Carol Jordan of Frisco City, Alabama and Frances Drew Smith of Atmore, Alabama, and is preceded in death by her brother, Carl Ardis.

It is only fitting that Nora be returned to her beloved Alabama for her final rest. Due to the coronavirus, no services are planned at this time, but when it is safe to gather again, a memorial service and interment of ashes will be held at the Uriah Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Hospice and Palliative Care of Louisville.


  • Celebration of her life

    Saturday, July 4, 2020


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Marijean Hadley

April 13, 2020

Nora, Sherman, was my mother-in-law. I had the privilege to know her for more than 45 years. She was a great mother-in-law and grandmother to our children. She was an awesome cook, and we enjoyed many meals around her kitchen table in Uriah. I always enjoyed her homemade biscuits. A special recipe that she shared with me was her Cream Cheese Pound Cake. She almost always had one baked for us when we visited. I have passed this recipe on down to my children. I always enjoyed her roses that she had planted at her home in Uriah. She loved her flowers. When she and James moved from Uriah to Texas, she gave me two marble and wood plant stands that I love because they were hers. I am so grateful to her and her husband, James, for what they instilled in their children, especially in my husband, Ike. They taught him a great sense of integrity. Due to her illness, Granny Sherman has not been with us for a while, but we have so many wonderful memories of her. She is now with James, but even better, she is with Christ. She can once again enjoy all of the things that she loved here on earth, and even more she is enjoying the things that Christ has prepared for her. I love you, Granny Sherman, you will be missed!

Alice Adams

April 9, 2020

I offer my sincere and deep condolences for the loss of Nora Hadley. She was an incredible presence in your life and in the life of others around her. I am honored to have known her in her later years here in Louisville. I remember when she lived at the Masonic Home. My Mom came to visit and to consider living there as well. Nora welcomed her warmly and was a friend to my mom whom she had just met. My mom ended up not living at the Masonic Home but after she did finally move to Louisville, she always was grateful for Nora and her friendship and hospitality. I was too! My mom died in 2011. As you know, we are never ready to lose our parents even when it is time. I am forever grateful to call Lelia and Stan friends. I am forever grateful for the influence they have had in my and my family's life and the support they have shown. I am forever grateful to Nora for the legacy of her children and grandchildren. God's peace, strength and comfort to all who love Nora as you adjust to her physical absence in your life.

Elaine Akin

April 9, 2020

I remember a lovely lady who became my neighbor when she moved to an apartment on the Masonic Home Grounds. How
she loved the wildlife outside her window: trees, squirrels,
rabbits, birds and deer. Then I sympathized with her when they
uprooted the beautiful trees and replaced the wild life with a
parking garage. I think now she will be able to enjoy all the beautiful things that God gave us with those she loved who had gone on before. Perhaps it is well that she missed this present danger--although I think she would tell us to be brave and trust the Lord.

I'm thinking of you all. Elaine