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Penny Taylor Smith

I have many fond memories as I met the Hardy family shortly after they moved to Fernandina and became close with Brandon and their family. I have also had the pleasure of delivering some of his beautiful grandchildren which he adored. He will surely be missed!! Hugs to Ms.Sylvia and the family.

Sheba Kodrowsky

As my husband I moved beside Charles and Sylvia in 2017, it was Charles that brought us over fresh peaches from his trees as a welcoming. He always was a kind and generous man and the best sort of neighbor anyone could ask for. We have come to love his family as well and all we’ve met demonstrate his hard working nature and talents. He will be sorely missed and we send extra hugs to the love of his life Sylvia and to all his family.

Roger & Debi Hardy

Uncle Thelbert was always special to us. We have memories that make us smile. Uncle Thelbert had a way of making us feel loved, and his kindness always made us feel welcome. We look forward to seeing him again in perfect health and peace in heaven.

Ken and Debbie Ellington

Brian, Becky, Austin and family we are so sorry for your loss. Just know you all are in our prayers. Just know he is singing along side of God and family. Love and prayers and we are here if you need us. Debbie and Ken

Van Dyke Walker

Prayers of comfort and strength are offered for Brian and his family.

Marlena Shaw

As Charles and Sylvia’s neighbor for 14 years there wasn’t a greeting missed in passing. Always with a loving smile and wave. I will never forget our discussions and stories told on many Thursday nights the Hardy garage. Rest easy sweet man. And to the family, know that I love you and will be praying for your healing hearts.

Charles Thelbert Hardy


Charles Thelbert Hardy, 81, of Fernandina Beach, Florida passed away Friday, March 11, 2022.
Born August 16, 1940, in Louisville, Mississippi, he was one of twelve children of the late Otis and Ona Mae Hardy.

At the age of 15, his family moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. It was at this time that he met a thirteen-year-old girl (Sylvia Mauffray), which would eventually become his wife of 61 years. His childhood was one of minimal means, but plentiful with love. He, his parents and eleven siblings picked cotton to contribute to the household needs. Many of his brothers enlisted in the armed services and moved from the homestead. He followed the skills of his father and became a carpenter at an early age, which was his lifetime profession.

Charles, Sylvia, and two of their three sons moved to Fernandina Beach, Florida in 1986. Many of the houses built in this area were built by the master craftsmanship of Charles and/or his sons. He instilled a strong work ethic in his sons. A legacy and lesson that has served his sons well throughout their working careers. Charles lived his life with passion and purpose. He has been described as a man’s man. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. His biggest joy though, were his grandchildren.

Charles is survived by his beloved wife, Sylvia Hardy, three sons, Darryl Hardy and his life partner Clarke Eyl; Brian Hardy and his wife Becky; Brandon Hardy and his wife Tammy. He is survived by one brother and five sisters, Damon Hardy and his wife Donna; Etheleen Werstler, Benny Werstler, Carrie Hardy, Franci Hardy, and Betty Murray. He is survived by five grandchildren, Brad Hardy and his wife Anna, Blake Hardy, Austin Hardy, Lauren Hardy, and Logan Hardy. In addition, he is survived by four great-grandchildren, Gavin Hardy, Kate Hardy, Sofia Hardy, and Landon Hardy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Otis and Ona Mae Hardy, five brothers, Bev Hardy, William Hardy, James Hardy, Glen Hardy, and Inman Hardy.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Community Hospice for their loving support and care.

The family will receive visitors at Oxley Heard, 1305 Atlantic Avenue, Amelia Island, Florida on Friday, March 18th from 5:00PM to 7:00PM and during a service on Saturday, March 19th at 2:00PM, which also will be at Oxley Heard. The service will be officiated by Art Treadwell and internment will follow at Bosque Bello Cemetery, 1320 N. 14th Street, Amelia Island, Florida.

The family request that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Community">

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