Sara Franklin Hardy

August 7, 1928May 31, 2014
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Sara Franklin Hardy, age 85, of McCalla, died May 31, 2014, at Decatur General Hospital. Services will be 11 a.m. at Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at Memory Chapel with Bro. J. Carrol Jones and Bro. Bill Noe officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Hill Gardens with Memory Chapel Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider, directing. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to services at the funeral home. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rufus and Nellie N. Akins; sisters, Ruth Teasley, Sue Johnson, and Maggie Carter; brothers, R. Z. Akins, Jr. and Raymon R. Akins; and husbands, James W. (Chuck) Franklin and Forrest Hardy. Survivors include her daughter, Brenda Franklin Staggs of Moulton; sisters, Eudora Hamilton (Harold) of Tuscaloosa and Ann Burroughs Emerson of Cottondale; brother, Jerry W. Akins (Linda) of Northport; grandchildren, Joshua Staggs (Valerie) of Danville and Nathan Staggs of Moulton; great-grandchildren, Layla, Abbey, Ellie Kate Staggs of Danville; and son-in-law, Dale Staggs of Moulton. Sara was one of nine children born to Rufus and Nellie Akins. She was an avid gardener and loved her church and family. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Pallbearers will be Billy Colburn, Roger Burroughs, Michael Akins, Jason Akins, Jeremy Akins and Keith Hardemon. Honorary pallbearers are Alabama Dept. of Transportation and Dr. Debra Davis.


  • Visitation Tuesday, June 3, 2014
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Sara Franklin Hardy

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Joyce Cook

June 8, 2014

I am thankful God put such a wonderful person in my life. She loved and was loved by those who knew her.

Herman/Jeri Riley

June 6, 2014

So sorry to hear of Sara's passing. I remember her as being very loving and kind. God grant peace to her family. Herman and Jeri Riley

June 3, 2014

Sara was a precious woman of God very loveing & kind with a beautiful smile! She will be greatly missed until our reunion in Heaven.
Love Sally Mahood Stafford Va

Penny Jones

June 3, 2014

I loved Sara so much. She was one of Mama's dearest friends. I'm sure they are having quite a reunion in Heaven.
Penny Smith Jones (Opelika, AL)

Christine Carruth

June 3, 2014

Such a kindhearted woman. She was so full of love, for her family and Christ. We miss you so much already Sara.

Love The Carruths

Susan and Jimmy Crowe

June 3, 2014

Sara was the most loving, blessed, happy people we have ever known. She just lite up a room with that beautiful smile. I do believe she was the happiest person ever. To her family, we are SO very sorry for your loss, you will all be in our prayers.