The angels of heaven rejoiced Wednesday evening, Dec. 12, 2007, when Herman Ard went to be with his Lord. He was 80 years old.
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Born to the late William L. and Pinkey Ard, Mr. Ard moved to Port St. Joe, Fla., in 1949 and began his career with the St. Joe Paper Co. He was called away for a short period of time to serve our country in the Korean war, but then returned to raise his family and make this his lifelong home. He retired from St. Joe Paper Co. in 1996 as the lab supervisor.
Shortly after realizing the boredom of retirement, he began working as the school crossing guard for Port St. Joe High School. Mr. Ard was an avid Sharks fan. He loved the children of the community and proudly wore the purple and gold. His most proud moment was the 1997 state baseball championship with his grandson, Ryan, pitching and winning the title game.
Mr. Ard was well known in the community. His family owned and operated a local flower shop for many years. He also was very active in his church, Oak Grove Assembly of God. Until his recent illness, he delivered meals to the shut-ins through the church food ministry. He always was known for his kind nature and constant smile. His love for his family, friends and community was evident in his everyday life. He was a friend to all, young and old.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Margaret Spann Ard. He is survived by his son, Tim Ard of Freeport, Fla.; his daughter, Jacque Ard-Yeager and husband, Warren, of Port St. Joe; his grandchildren, Kelli Yeager-Combs and husband, Robert, of Port St. Joe, Ryan Yeager and wife, Bridgette, of Lynn Haven, Fla., Ashton Ard-Larson and husband, Nick, of Crestview, Fla., and Abby Ard of Port St. Joe; and his great-grandchildren, Jacob and Jackson Combs and R.J. and Drew Yeager. He also leaves behind a very special friend and companion, Inell Stutzman of Port St. Joe; a brother, Oakland Ard and wife, Jackie, of Jay, Fla.; a sister, Versie Ard of DeFuniak Springs, Fla.; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friends.
A time of visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Dec. 14, 2007, at Oak Grove Assembly of God. A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. EST Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007, at Oak Grove Assembly of God. Interment will follow in the family plot at Holly Hill Cemetery. Asked to serve as active pallbearers are Robert Combs, Jacob Combs, Nick Larson, Ryan Yeager, Ronnie Ard and Freddie Ard.
Expressions of sympathy can submitted and viewed at our online obituaries link, www.southerlandfamily.com.
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