November 11, 1917 - December 18, 1983
|Sometime in the year of 1917, November 11, God breathed upon the late Mr. Henry Hardy and his wife the breath of life and the result came a son, whom they named Oneal Hardy.
Oneal was one of the six children born to his parents, which two preceded in death, one brother and one sister. As Oneal grew in years, he became aware of his Christian life and at the age of 15 he was baptized by the hands of the late Reverend J. H. Thompson, then pastor of St. Paul Methodist Episcopal Church, as they were then in 1932. Hardy served and worked very well and faithful in His church. Then he was called into the United States Armed Services in World War II. Upon returning home, he became a public school bus driver for the St. Landry Parish School Board. There he served for twenty-seven (27) years.
During this time in his life he was called into the Christian ministry and received his first appointment in 1971, serving under District Superintendent Reverend J. W. Wilson. During his ministry, Reverend Hardy served the following charges as pastor: Scott Chapel United Methodist Church at Lettsworth; Union Chapel United Methodist Church at Toris; St. Paul United Methodist Church at New Roads; St. Paul United Methodist Church at Waxia; St. James United Methodist Church at Melville; St. Joseph United Methodist Church at Palmetto; St.Peter United Methodist Church at Donaldsonville; St. James United Methodist Church at Belle Rose, all in Louisiana
Reverend Hardy was a Sunday School teacher at St. Paul at the time of his passing. Also during his manhood activities, he became a Masonic brother and was a member of the Light of Washington Lodge No. 184; there he served as Worshipful Master for two years.
Oneal passed away on December 18, 1983 and he leaves to mourn his passing a devoted wife, Mrs. Ruby T. Hardy, one brother, Mr. Saul Hardy, two sisters, Miss Rebecca Hardy and Mrs. Clemontine Spencer. and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Perhaps Hardy summed it up this way,
“The rains of death are past, labor and sorrow cease,
And life’s long warfare closed at last,
Thy soul is found in peace.” — James Montgomery
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1984; p. 194-195 By J. W. Wilson|