My dear brother in Christ William E. Hardy, Jr., went to Heaven this week.
Bill Hardy was the very definition of faithfulness, of integrity and character. He was solid gold.
Our friendship dates back to May of 1974 when Bill and Barbara Hardy moved from Kosciusko, Mississippi, up the highway an hour or so to Columbus, Mississippi. Bill was joining the staff of our First Baptist Church, coming from a similar position in Kosciusko.
It was to be the start of a lifelong friendship.
Bill remained with us in Columbus for nearly a decade before moving on to Casper, Wyoming, where he served as director of Christian education for the Southern Baptists of that state. On retiring, perhaps 10 years later, they returned to the Magnolia State.
Bill died this week. His funeral is Saturday, September 13, 2014, at the First Baptist Church of Clinton, Mississippi. 11 a.m.
I will not have time in the service to say everything I’d like to about Bill, so this blog is a good place to deposit a few remembrances.
My greatest tribute to Bill Hardy is one he probably did not appreciate very much.