Funeral services for Willie Lee Hardy Sr. will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Wayman Chapel AME Church, 160 N. Kings Highway, Sumter, with the Rev. Dr. Dennis Broughton Jr. officiating and the Rev. Charlie Howard presiding. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The public may view today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Palmer Memorial Chapel, 304 S. Main St., Sumter.
Mr. Hardy transitioned on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston.
Born in Sumter County, he was a son of the late Mamie Pinckney Hardy and Nathaniel Hardy. Willie was educated in the Sumter County public schools. He was married to Christine M. Hardy. He was first employed by Brunswick Hospital in Amityville, New York, and after returning to Sumter, he worked at Tuomey Hospital.
Mr. Hardy was a faithful member of Wayman Chapel AME Church of Sumter.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Nathaniel Jr., Edward, Walter, Allen and Freddy Allen; and one sister, Mary Marine.
Survivors include his wife of the home, Christine M. Hardy; four daughters, Minister Willodene (Alvin) James, Tanya (Michael) Smith, Caitlin Hardy and Lauren Hardy; six sons, Timothy (Vertina) Dinkins, Willie Jr., (Christine) Hardy, Darryl (Dorian) Hardy, Lamont (Anjuli) Fletcher, Nathaniel (Cherita) Hardy and Jonathan (Karla) Hardy; 37 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; six sisters, Geneva Singleton, Margaret Maple, Evola Gilbert, Katherine (Perry) James, Lizann Witherspoon and Pamela Hardy; two brothers, Calvin (Josephine) Hardy and Ross Hardy; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Condolences may be made on their tribute page found at: wwwpalmermemorialchapel.com.
Professional services are rendered by Palmer Memorial Chapel Inc.