Larry Hardee lived a full 67 years and impacted the lives of everyone he met. He went to be with his savior peacefully early Tuesday morning from his home. He was born in Conway, SC and lived his entire life in Horry County, while raising his family in Aynor. He was married to the love of his life, Jeanne Jenkins Hardee of Aynor, for 47 years. Larry loved his boys more than life, Trent B. Hardee and Craig L. Hardee and was blessed with six grandchildren. He was the founder of Hardee Auto Sales, Inc., in Conway. He was a longtime member of Pisgah United Methodist Church, and recently became involved in the Pee Dee Cattleman’s Association. Larry was a unique man who made everyday an adventure by taking on new projects, helping strangers, being a “picker” of all things antique from cars to farm equipment, and you may have passed him a few times hauling in his treasure on the back of a red roll-back. We are thankful for the many friends he has made and the stories we are hearing for the first time through your eyes. Meeting Larry was like finding an old friend. His life was enriched by the relationships he made. Larry’s greatest pleasure in life was to be the hands and feet of Jesus while helping others.
While some people help those who can help them back, Larry helped everyone not knowing who they were. Larry was born to the late Mr. John Perry Jr. “Junior” and Ida Gertrude Johnson Hardee on July 26, 1952. He was preceded in death by his brothers, John Perry Hardee III and Kenny Hardee. He was survived by his brothers Jerry Hardee (Lil), Ricky Hardee, Mike Hardee, his sister, Brenda Sessions (Dock). In addition, his sister-in-laws Beverly Hardee, Diane Blackmon-Hardee, and Donna Hardee, plus many special nieces and nephews, and his lifelong friend Edward Allen. There are too many special friends to list that he thought of as family as well, and you know who you are. Thank you for being part of our lives. Larry’s immediate family included his high school sweet-heart and loving wife, Jeanne Jenkins Hardee; his sons: Trent B. Hardee, wife Amanda, and Craig L. Hardee, wife Richelle. His greatest treasure were his six grandchildren, Madelyn and Elizabeth (twins), Emma, McKenzie, Hayden, and Layna. He left some big shoes we could not fill, but he made us a path to follow. Our family has been overwhelmed by the support of our loving community. We want to thank each of you for your calls, texts, gifts, and most of all your prayers. We ask that you continue to pray for us, and do what Larry would do today, find someone to help. A celebration of life ceremony will be held at his graveside, Thursday May 7, 2020. Due to the restrictions in place regarding Covid19, we will be meeting outdoors and asked that everyone respect the social distancing guidelines for your safety. Memorials can be made in Mr. Larry’s memory to Floyd Family Cemetery, Anderson Brothers Bank, PO Box 320 Mullins, SC 29574.
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