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Hardy Lee O'Neal

June 26, 1922October 18, 2020
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Hardy Lee O’Neal entered into Heaven on Sunday morning, October 18th, 2020 at the age of 98 years. He was born on June 26, 1922 in Tillman, LA located just west of Elizabeth in Vernon Parish to Ada Golemon and Alfred L. O’Neal. He was a graduate of Fairview High School.

O’Neal, a WWII veteran, served in the US Army Air Corp from 1942 until 1946. He was an airplane mechanic, working mostly on the B-17 bombers, and was stationed at an Army Air Base in Pyote, TX. Upon discharge from the service, he enrolled in SLI, which is now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He graduated in 1949 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He remained a loyal ULL Alum and loved his Ragin Cajuns.

After college, he met and married the love of his life, Faye Marie Chesnutt. They moved to Sulphur a few years later and have been long-time residents since. Together, they enjoyed singing and traveling with the Agin’ Cajuns. He was a member of the Maplewood-Hollywood Lions Club for many years. He has attended First Christian Church and First Baptist of Sulphur.

Throughout his career as an engineer, he was employed at the Elizabeth Paper Mill, W.R. Grace, and PCI. In 1952, he went to work for Cities Service, which is now Citgo. After an early retirement in the 1980s, he returned to Citgo under employment of Levingston Engineers until his second retirement. If there was ever a man that was a true depiction of the Greatest Generation, it was Hardy. Pawee, as he was known after grandkids came along, had a quiet, humble demeanor. He was patriotic, loyal, and had an appreciation for the simplicities of life. His work ethic and faith in the Lord are some of his most memorable qualities.

He is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and three sisters.

Those left to cherish his memories include his loving wife of 70 years, Faye Marie Chesnutt O’Neal; their children, Kim Gorsulowsky and husband, Pat; Kevin O’Neal and wife, Christa, and Sue Molitor and husband, Kenneth; grandchildren, Christopher Broussard and wife, Hope; Kate O’Neal Trisler and husband, Hunter; K. Cade O’Neal; great-grandchildren, Reece, Piper, and Mila Broussard; brother in-law – Charles Chesnutt and wife, Mary; sister in-law, Ronda Bishop and husband, Ronnie; and numerous nieces and nephews. .

Visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at Hixson-Sulphur Memorial until time of service.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at Hixson-Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Todd Tucker will officiate. He will be laid to rest in Mimosa Pines Cemetery South, Carlyss under the direction of Hixson-Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Jason Molitor, Jeremy Molitor, Christopher Broussard, K. Cade O’Neal, Hunter Trisler, Chris Gustin, Chad Turner, Honorary pallbearers will be Reece Broussard and Piper Broussard. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.hixsonsulphurmemorial.com for the O'Neal family.

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Nancy and Don Veronie

October 23, 2020

Faye,
We were so sorry to just learn of Hardy's passing last Sunday and hate that we missed his service yesterday! We were so fond you you both as our neighbors long ago and still friends after many years! You, Kim, Kevin and Sue and families are all in our prayers.
Love you, Nancy (and Don)

Cynthia Holliday

October 21, 2020

Miss Fay & Mr. Hardy were very close friends to my parents, EL & Bert Guidry. Miss Fay, I’m sorry for your loss & will keep you & the family in my prayer.



Belinda Smith

October 20, 2020

Mr Hardy was such a kind and gentle man
Mom thought the world of him too
Mrs Faye my thoughts and prayers are with you.. love and hugs to you🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 Belinda

Terra Jackson Newcomb

October 20, 2020

My Great Uncle Hardy will be missed. He was such a sweet and calm man. I know My Grandmother, his sister and him will be happy to reunited in Heaven. Prayers for the family.

David Holder

October 20, 2020

I have such fond memories of Hardy and Faye in my Sunday School class, and him playing guitar for a nursing home services. He was a gentle but quiet man, and I loved him. My love and prayers to his family, and especially Mrs. Faye.

Barbara Parker Anderson

October 20, 2020

The last of a beautiful era has come to an end for the Ada and Alfred O’Neal family with the passing of our beloved Uncle Hardy. His birth order was in the middle of the pack but he lived the longest. He obviously took after Grandma O’Neal in temperament who was as near a saint on earth as anyone could ever be; certainly not as stern as everyone made out Grandpa O’Neal to be. Maybe it was because Grandpa didn’t take to anyone messing in his sugarcane fields (like my older brothers.) I don’t know since he died before I was born. All I know is that Uncle Hardy was patient, kind and gentle with all of us kids. I remember eating my breakfast bacon and tomato sandwich on the front porch and listening to Uncle Hardy and Uncle Roston with their dry O’Neal wit talking about the national news, stock market fluctuations, and the daily obituaries. (The O’Neals were all avid obit readers...Mama read them before any other section.) He and Mama faithfully called each other on their birthdays. They fondly remembered playing together as kids and getting into big trouble at the branch with Grandpa for some reason. The same branch that we as kids played in and around. I always thought Uncle Hardy and Aunt Faye made a beautiful couple. They certainly made a beautiful life together. I’ll miss you Uncle Hardy❤️😘

Brenda Holaway

October 20, 2020

My Uncle Hardy was always very kind and loving .He seem to always take things that happened in a calm matter. Often,,he could be found sitting with a newspaper working the cross word puzzles.He was loved by all, and will be greatly missed.. I will miss him, but will never forget the impact he made on my life.❤️

Amanda Keys

October 19, 2020

One of our favorite people ever at our office. We used to laugh about how many times we would run into each other at area restaurants. I would see him and Mrs Faye everywhere! You couldn’t slow him down. He will be missed dearly.

Amanda Keys

October 19, 2020

One of our favorite people ever at our office. We used to laugh about how many times we would run into each other at area restaurants. I would see him and Mrs Faye everywhere! You couldn’t slow him down. He will be missed dearly.

Gwen O’Neal Huggs

October 19, 2020

Uncle Hardy I will always love you and I’m so glad I got to share your birthday parties last few years, Rest In Love , Gwen ❤️

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