Mr. Eben Hardie Jr.

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Mr. Eben Hardie Jr. of Cumming passed away suddenly on April 23, 2010, while doing something he loved, playing tennis.
Eben, also known as Dad and Papa to his children and grandchildren, was born Feb. 20, 1933, in New Orleans. He attended Princeton University, where he graduated in 1954. One of his early passions was flying, and he took pride in that he used to fly himself up to Princeton from New Orleans all through college.
After college, he entered the training program at Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner and Smith, where he worked for 49 years, interrupted only by two years as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army where he commanded a NIKE Battery. He retired from Merrill Lynch in 2004, and has enjoyed traveling with his wife, Linda, playing tennis, spending time with his children and grandchildren, and playing with his pets, Betty and Ethel.
Eben was married twice and had five children before marrying Linda Hughes Pruitt in 1983, at Big Canoe. They lived in New Orleans and Pass Christian, Miss., prior to Hurricane Katrina and then Cumming and Perdido Key, Fla.
Eben gave generously of his time and money to a number of philanthropic endeavors. He served the New Orleans YMCA and Dillard University for more than 35 years as a board member. He was also on the boards of the Flint Goodrich Hospital and United Way of New Orleans plus numerous other New Orleans charities. Eben was a member of the Boston Club, the Louisiana Club, the Stratford Club and New Orleans Lawn Tennis Club, as well as numerous Carnival organizations in New Orleans. He was a member of the Pass Christian Yacht Club and the Senior Men's Tennis Game in Forsyth Central Park. He attended Deer Creek Shores Presbyterian Church.
Eben and Linda had traveled extensively prior to and since retirement. They visited every continent but Antarctica, seeing the world with friends and family. Their last trip together was to Belize earlier this month.
Eben also enjoyed his involvement with the Thornhill Foundation, which was created to celebrate offspring of John Hardie who immigrated to the United States in 1837. He served on the board for 35 years and was the current president. As was a theme throughout the last 30 years, Eben and Linda used Thornhill as another opportunity to travel, visiting Paris, Scotland, Destin, New Orleans, Talladega, Ala., El Paso and Baltimore.
Eben had a large family who will greatly miss him. He is survived by his wife, Linda; mother, Ruth Miller Hardie of New Orleans, La., and Charlottesville, Va.; sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Walter Wadlington; five children and their spouses, Eben III and Mimi Hardie of Atlanta, Marion and Bill Mathes of Charleston, S.C., Scott and Jennifer Hardie of New Orleans, La., Chris and Darlene Hardie of Atlanta, Lydia and Gary Belfield of New Orleans, La.; stepdaughter, Jill Denlea and her husband Colin of Cumming; grandchildren, Sarah, Kacy, Bella, William, Emily, Anna, Will, Christopher, Michael, Sophia, Katie, Liam; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Sunday, April 25, at Deer Creek Shores Presbyterian Church in Cumming, with the Rev. John Martin officiating. Another service will be held Monday, May 3, in New Orleans.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the YMCA of Greater New Orleans, The Eben Hardie Endowed Professor Chair of Dillard University, New Orleans, or to the Forsyth County Humane Society.
Condolences may be made at www.ingramfuneralhome.com.
Ingram Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in ForsythNews.com from Apr. 26 to Apr. 29, 2010