Obituary of George B. Hardy

Delight, AR, newspaper, 8/23/1933

Geo. B. Hardy Succumbs after Lengthy Illness; Funeral Wednesday

Elder Geo. B. Hardy, aged 54, died at the family home in Delight about 1 o'clock Tuesday afternoon following an illness which had extended over a period of nine years. He had been confined to his bed for the past two years.

Funeral services were conducted at the home Wednesday morning at 10:30 o'clock, in charge of Eld. J. H. Smart of Gurdon, a close friend of the family and a brother minister of Elder Hardy. An impressive talk was made at the grave at Pike City, where the body was buried, by Estes Hardy of Bokchito, Okla., a son. The local Masonic Lodge, assisted by Murphreesboro Masons, held a Masonic burial ceremony over the body after the church services had been finished, with Ed Kirkham of Delight reading the funeral oration.

Following the services at the home here, which were completed shortly before noon and during which C. A. Kizzia of Delight supplemented the remarks of Eld. Smart with a timely eulogy of the dead and a tribute to ministers in general, the funeral cortege made its way to the cemetery at Pike City where the services were completed and the body laid away to rest. A goodly number of local residents accompanied the procession to the burial ground and a host of friends and acquaintances of the family in the Pike City vicinity were in waiting when the body arrived there.

Elder Hardy came to this section about 21 years ago and had made his home in and around Delight since that time. He had been a minister of the Baptist church for 25 years and during his residence here preached in communities all over this country. The demeanor of the man was singularly pleasing and it was only natural that he left a profusion of friends wherever he went. He served as pastor of the local Baptist church for about two years 20 years ago.

The deceased is survived by his widow and seven children: five boys, Elder Estes of Bokchito, Henry of Detroit, Mich., and Boytt, Vernon and Gean Hardy, all of Delight, and two girls, Misses Grace and Kate Hardy, both of Delight; also two brothers, Robert Hardy of San Leon, Texas, and Henry Hardy of Longview, Texas, and two sisters, Mrs. Pierce Hutson of Belton, and Mrs. Lee Hipps of Coalgate, Okla.

The out of town relatives in attendance at the funeral were Elder Estes Hardy and Mrs. Hutson. At least half a dozen ministers attended the funeral.


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