Virgil Hardy

Virgil Hardy

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(Virgil Hardy) Virgil Henry Hardy, 74, husband of Linda Hardy of Anderson, died Saturday, February 6, 2021 at AnMed Health Medical Center.

Born in Anderson on August 11, 1946, he was the son of the late Glenn Henry Hardy and Helen Mitchell Hardy.

Virgil served his country in the U.S. Army and then started a 40-year career with Michelin. He was a very accomplished musician and luthier, producing custom violins and guitars. There was not an instrument that he couldn’t play! He performed with several area bands. He played the drums for The Torques and played with Wide Open and Jimmy Vickers and The Elvis Band. He will be greatly missed in the upstate musical scene.

He will be remembered as a kind and generous husband and loving father to his wife of 53 years, Linda Robinson Hardy, and son Seth Hardy (Rene).

He is also survived by his sisters, Theresa Hardy (Jeff), Sheila Beckmann (David) and Marilyn Boggs (Steve).

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Grayson & Bessie Hardy and his maternal grandparents, Rosco & Fannie Mae Mitchell.

A funeral service, with honors by the U.S. Army, will be held on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 2:00pm in The Tribute Room of The Standard Cremation & Funeral Center 1621 Pearman Dairy Rd. Anderson, SC 29625. Rev. David Beckmann will officiate. Social distancing is to be observed and face masks are required.

Burial will follow at a later date at M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery in Anderson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Anderson County P.A.W.S. (Pets Are Worth Saving) 1329 US 29 Anderson, SC 29626.

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    Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 | 2:00pm
    Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 2:00pm
    The Standard Cremation & Funeral Center
    1621 Pearman Dairy Road
    Anderson, South Carolina 29625
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    Social distancing is to be observed and face masks are required.
    Rev. David Beckmann


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Vernon DeHart

Posted at 10:43am
Much love and sympathy to Virgil's family. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. Virgil was a great friend of mine growing up in our neighborhood and one of the most talented natural musicians that I have ever met in my life. About 1963 he got one drum, one cymbal and a guitar, I saved up $15 to order a guitar from Sears Roebuck, and we started making music! Within a year we were in a neighborhood band and started playing a few small gigs. Virgil's parents always supported his music by welcoming his friends to practice in the living room - so they put up with a lot of noise! Also they bought an old upright piano which Virgil quickly turned into a honky-tonk piano by putting thumb tacks on the hammers! We transposed guitar chords to piano cords and taught ourselves how to play a few tunes! Virgil called me a few years ago, we had a lengthy conversation and I was happy to hear that he still enjoyed making music, as I also do! I know he will be missed! God bless you all!
Vernon DeHart
Columbia, SC

Dianne Purgason

Posted at 11:30am
Virgil was my first cousin, but when I was a small child he felt like a more of big brother to me. In early childhood years I can remember racing him across Fuller's field behind my grandmother Forrester's house -- and he very gallantly would let me win. I remember and cherish the little things about him - like helping me jump a gully, and taking me skating, and always showing kindness and interest in his little cousin. I've always been so proud to be part of a family with Christian men of great character like Virgil. I will miss him terribly, but I rejoice that he is home with Jesus and with so many people he loved that met him there, and his joy is forever. To the family, I love you all and cherish each one. God keep you.

Darlene Vernon

Posted at 12:29pm
Love, Darlene, Riki,Josh and Cheyenne
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Joey Tollison

Posted at 11:12am
Virgil was a easy going man. I remember speaking with him by phone while we both were at Michelin, Had not seen or spoken to him in years, but I recalled the name. After our business was finished, I asked if he remembered a kid about 10 years old that loved to see the yellow Fastback Mustang drive up. And would sometime follow him out to his car as he was leaving. He wasn't sure, then I said, my parents ran the Stop & Go Food Store in your neighborhood . Then he knew who I was. So sorry to learn of his passing. I last spoke to him around 13 to 14 years ago. Not sure when he retired, as I was in a different job by then. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Joey Tollison -Columbia, SC

Posted at 09:23am
Virgil will always remain in our families love, thoughts and hearts. A very talented man and a very special cousin who will always be remembered by his life and His Special smile.

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