Linda Lou Pierce Hardwick, 66, passed away Friday, August 16, 2013 at Baya Point nursing home in Lake City, Florida after a long and courageous struggle with Parkinson's disease. She was born to the late Henry H. and Rosa Cooper Pierce in Miami, Florida on March 16, 1947. In 1972 she married the late Richard William Hardwick, Sr., who was a mail carrier in Lake City. She was the mother of three wonderful children and later worked as a sales clerk and greeter at Wal-Mart in Lake City. Many who shopped there will remember her for her bright smile, her joyful spirit and outgoing personality.
Growing up in Miami, Linda was a member of University Baptist Church where she sang in the choir. Music was always an important part of Linda's spiritual life, and her deep Christian faith was sustained by many remembered hymns as her health declined.
She is survived by two sons Robert Alan Hardwick (Nickie) and Richard William "Bill" Hardwick, Jr. (Stephanie), both of Madison Heights, VA, and one daughter, Lisa Evonne Lizotte (Jered), of Wellborn, Florida, one sister, Rosemarie Pierce Ferry (Curtis), of St. Augustine, Florida. She is also survived by eight beautiful grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11am on Monday, August 26, 2013 at Mt Olive Baptist Church in Wellborn, Florida. Interment will be later in the day at Big Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Coolidge, Georgia, where Linda's parents and many generations of the Pierce family are buried.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Mt Olive Baptist Church for the nursery and preschool wing to be renovated in her honor. Arrangements under the direction of GUERRY Funeral Home, Lake City. Please sign the guestbook at www.guerryfuneralhome.net