Earel Hardy, 75, of Apalachicola, passed away Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 at his daughter's residence in Eastpoint.

Mr. Hardy was born March 18, 1937 in Holmes County to the late Shepard and Mary Lue Hardy. He retired as a foreman at the Port St. Joe Paper Company after 35 years of service and was a member of the union. He was a member of the Church of God in Eastpoint. Mr. Hardy loved to hunt and fish especially loggerheads, squirrels and catfish.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Monroe Hardy; a sister, Mary J. Bean; and a grandchild, Brandon Segree.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Wynette D. Hardy; a son, Ronnie E. Hardy and Angelina, of Eastpoint; daughters, Earlene Segree and Donnie, of Eastpoint, and Doralene Rickards of Apalachicola; grandchildren, Tabitha Dawn Hardy, Eric Garst and Lee Segree; one great-grandchild, Austin Segree; brothers, Leo Hardy and Nancy, of Bainbridge, Ga., Ecra Hardy and Judy, of Deland, and Charles "Shorty" Hardy and Linda, of Apalachicola; a sister, Rosette Calhoun and Herbert, of Milton; a sister-in-law, Rebecca Hardy of Milton; and other extended family.

Visitation and funeral services were held Monday afternoon, Sept. 10 at Church of God in Eastpoint with Brother Ronnie Segree officiating. Interment followed immediately in Eastpoint Cemetery.

Southerland Family Funeral Homes was in charge of arrangements.