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Clarence Edward Hardesty, Jr.

April 20, 1940 December 17, 2017
Clarence Edward Hardesty, Jr.
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Clarence Edward Hardesty, Jr. was born to Clarence Edward Hardesty, Sr and Anna Belle Kelly Hardesty on April 20, 1940. Ed was the only son of nine children, having eight sisters. Ed and his sisters were brought up in a loving home in St. Mary’s, Kentucky on a farm. Being the only son, Ed was called on many times for love and support.

After an eventful childhood in a home full of girls, he met and married the love of his life, Mary Julieanna Rogers. They married on June 6, 1959. Ed and Julie had a wonderful, loving marriage for 58 ½ years. Their life together was always about each other and their family. Ed was a hardworking man and actually enjoyed getting up everyday to go to work. Even after he retired, he looked for something to do by working small jobs and staying busy. Spending his spare time with his life-long partner and soulmate. Their devotion to one another was a wonderful standard for all of us.

Ed and Julie were blessed with three children. Clarence Edward III, Russell Anthony and Anna Louise. Eddie, Rusty and Ann completed their home and family, giving them many years of fulfillment. Anyone who knew Ed, can remember vivid images of him holding babies and children in his lap. It was not unusual to find Ed taking a nap along with a sleeping baby on his chest. This was no doubt, Ed’s favorite pastime.

Needless to say, grandchildren were “icing on the cake” and became his pride and joy. As Ed grew older, his family became more precious with each added member. He enjoyed the innocence of his grand babies running around, pulling his finger and making silly noises. At family get togethers, Ed would sit back and watch with a pleasant and contented expression on his face. It seems the crazier the little ones got, the better he liked it. As we have all seen, his face would turn blood red from laughter, when he would get tickled or amused. He was truly living his dream, as both a father and grandfather.

Even in his last hours, it was all about Family. He was asking for Julie, his children and grandchildren. Ed told Julie she was a good wife and they had had a wonderful life together. Their love still shined, even through the tears and in the final hours. He expressed his love for his family and that he didn’t want to leave them. He was so concerned for his family’s welfare, asking them to help take care of one another. Ed was so full of love and pride for his loved ones, he wanted his children to carry on the charity and kindness he had tried to live and set as an example during his life.

His Blessings extended to all of his family and friends. His sisters, in-laws and their families; his friendships and lifelong relationships were all what made Ed that special person we all knew and loved.

Ed was an incredibly talented musician. He passed his talent and enjoyment for playing the guitar and singing onto his son, Rusty. In January 2012, as part of Ed and Julie’s Christmas, the children took them to the Grand Ole Opry. Ed and Rusty recorded “Amazing Grace” as a father son duet at the Ryman Auditorium. The family will enjoy this treasure for many years to come.

Clarence Edward Hardesty, Jr. left this life to meet his heavenly maker on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at the age of 77 years, 7 months, 27 days.

Ed was predeceased by his parents - Clarence E Hardesty, Sr and Anna Belle Hardesty, three sisters -Mary Brady, Chris Leake and Nancy Meyers, and a daughter-in-law - Rhonda Sue Hardesty.

He is survived by his devoted wife Julie, his three loving children and their spouses Eddie and Kim Hardesty, Rusty and Donna Hardesty and Ann and Andy Oder; five grandchildren Kristin (Jeremy) Croxton, Casey Hardesty, Blake Hardesty, Meredith Oder and Austin Hardesty; three great grandchildren Jack Croxton, London Hardesty and Eli Croxton; Five sisters Dot Brady, Katie Mills, Mae Adams, Lillian Fenwick and Betty Smith and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

In summary, we are thankful for having him in our lives. We are Blessed to be able to call him Husband, Dad, Paw-Paw, brother, uncle, friend. Whatever title you put on him, we are all better for having known Clarence Edward Hardesty, Jr.

Respectfully and Lovingly Submitted

Kimberly A Hardesty

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