Jesse Lee Hardy, known as "Dick" to some, was born on Nov. 14, 1949, in Greenville, North Carolina, to the late Alice and Abram Hardy Sr. He graduated from Berkley Ridge Job Corps in Kentucky as a mechanic.

He departed this life on Nov. 11, 2017, at Palmetto Health Tuomey.

He later moved to Sumter, where he began attending Plaza Church of Christ and decided to become a part of the Plaza Church family. Jesse united in holy matrimony to Deborah Hardy and to his union two children were born.

He leaves to cherish his legacy, his wife, Deborah Hardy; two children, Jesse Witherspoon and Kira Hardy; eight sisters, Alice (Woody) Daniels of Ayden, North Carolina, Ella (Kenneth) Sheppard of Winterville, North Carolina, Shirley (Lymon) Harris, Lizzie (Marvin) Williams, Martha (Ben) Johnson and Lillian (Toronto), all of Greenville, Mary (Larry) Hall and Velma (Nelson) Worsley of Bethel, North Carolina; eight brothers, Abram Hardy, Jimmy Hardy, Allen Ray (Sallie) Hardy Sr., Robert (Lillie) Little Jr. and Timothy Hartley, all of Greenville, Oscar Little and Richard Little, both of Maryland, and Douglas (Brenda) Edwards of Washington, D.C.; three aunts, Ernestine Whitley of Greenville, Geraldine Bolden and Ruby Braswell of Washington, D.C.; one uncle, Clarence (Sandra) Whitley of Washington, D.C.; five grandchildren, Madisyn Witherspoon, Khari Witherspoon, Quest Witherspoon, Bryce Witherspoon and Chase Hardy; one daughter-in-law, Jacqui Witherspoon; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Public viewing will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. today at Job's Mortuary.

Mr. Hardy will be placed in the church at 11 a.m. on Saturday for viewing until the hour of service.

Funeral service will be held at noon on Saturday at Plaza Church of Christ, 1402 Camden Highway, Sumter, with Brother Harry Davis officiating.

The family will be receiving friends at the home, 113 Hasel St., Sumter.

Job's Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., Sumter, is in charge of arrangements.

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