McDaniel Hardy, Sr.

Sunrise: August 29, 1947

Sunset: January 9, 2024

Mr. McDaniel Hardy, Sr. entered into his heavenly home, where he is now present with the Lord on Tuesday, January 9, 2024. McDaniel was born on August 29, 1947, to the late Maxie Hardy and the late Audrey Odell Jefferson Hardy. McDaniel was the third of nine children. McDaniel was educated in the Isle of Wight Public School System.  He began his Christian journey at First Gravel Hill Baptist Church, where he was baptized and acknowledged the Lord as His Savior.  He recently rededicated His life to Christ and we know he is now rejoicing with the Angels.

​​McDaniel was united in holy matrimony on December 12, 1970, to his one and only true love, Barbara Tynes Hardy. It was rare that you would see one without the other. From this union two children were born, McDaniel Hardy, Jr. and LaKeisha Hardy. McDaniel loved his family dearly. He was affectionately known as Dolly Boy to his family and his wife called him Mac.

Dolly Boy was an entrepreneur as a Long-Distance truck driver for almost 55 years. Throughout his time, he owned eight trucks, and at the end of his career he was a leased contractor for IMC. He loved to drive trucks and would often call his family members or stop by their houses as he was going in and out of town. You would often find Dolly Boy and his late brother Mark out on the road together.  They were known as the Brass-monkey (Dolly) and Red-devil (Mark). He would also keep in contact with his other brothers when they were all on the road through their handles Sparky (Jerry) and Hard Man (Pat). Everybody knew Mac’s handle and would often look for him on the radio way back during the CB days. Through Dolly Boy’s love for trucking, his son and grandson also joined him on the road. Three generations of Hardy men worked together year-round driving trucks “just up the road,” coast to coast, and everything in between. They were riding strong three generations long! He was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He would talk with all his brothers and sisters often and would always end the conversation with “I Love You.”

He is part of a close-knit family. We would often take annual trips to Myrtle Beach, SC where Dolly Boy would lead the convoy and converse on the CB to make sure everybody was in line. Dolly Boy was a great cook and loved to cook traditional soul food such as liver and onions, pig feet, and was known for his oyster stuffing.

He was preceded in death by his father, Maxie Hardy, his mother Audrey J. Hardy, his two brothers Harold “Pat” Hardy and Mark Hardy, Sr.

He leaves to cherish his memory forever, the love of his life, his wife, Barbara Hardy; two children, McDaniel Jr., and Lakeisha Hardy, both of Portsmouth, VA. Grandchildren: Daniel Hardy, Danielle Hardy, and Gabrielle Hardy; Great Grandchildren: Arianna Jones-Hardy and Daniel Boone; Brother: Jerry Hardy (Ethel) Sisters: Audrey Hall, Carolyn Hall (Paul), Theresa Hall, Marquetta Martin, and Vanessa Tynes (James).  He further leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who loved him and will miss him greatly.

Viewing Monday, January 15, 2024 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701 Service Tuesday, January 16, 2024 1:00pm First Gravel Hill Baptist Church 5230 Old Stage Hwy. Smithfield, VA 23430 Interment Emmanuel Baptist Church 11150 Emmanuel Church Rd. Smithfield, VA 23430

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    Karen Brent says

    Mac and (I) Karen Brent have been friends and co-workers for over 30 years. We called him sleepy. He was a kind man and very caring to all. IHe will never be forgotten.
    Keep on trucking on the other side. Tell your brother Mark hello and your good friend Maurice and Rudy hi as well.
    Give my mom a hug from me.
    May God bless you in heaven.

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    My deepest condolences to the entire Hardy family. May God continue to comfort and strengthen you. Earth hath no sorrow, that Heaven cannot heal. Lean on and trust your Heavenly Father to carry you through this difficult time.

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    Katina Hayes says

    Our deepest and sincerest condolences to the Hardy family. We were next door neighbors for more than 20 years, sharing nothing but good times as the kids grew older. Now Hardy and Dillard can continue meeting at the fence on the other side. Rest easy Mac, our love to Barbara and the family. Forever friends.

    Mrs. Mae Dillard, Craig, Tina, Mica and Laila

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      Aunt Ida, Doris, Linda says

      Condolences to Barbara, Junior, Keisha Baby, grandchildren, brothers, and sisters. Earth has no sorrow heaven cannot heal. Mac was a man of few words, but he had a great sense of humor. I remember one day asking Mac when was he planning to retire and he responded, “The day when I can no longer get up in that truck”.

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        Rev. Darnell Lang says

        My deepest condolences to the family concerning your lost. The lost of a love one can be very grievous but we most remember what God has showed us and remember His word in times like these. ( 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 KJVS
        But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. [14] For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. [15] For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. [16] For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: [17] Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. [18] Wherefore comfort one another with these words.) So please let these words comfort your soul and may the God of peace comfort your hearts and bring you peace.

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    Janice H Williams says

    Our deepest sympathy to the family of our cousin. May God bless you during this time and always with peace and love.

    Janice Hand Leroy Williams/Denver Colorado

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    Janet Robertson says

    Pastor Bracey and First Gravel Hill Baptist Church Family express deepest Sympathy in the passing of your loved one.
    FGHBC Family

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    Vanessa H Tynes says

    My dear Brother (Dolly), you were one of a kind. Always willing to lend a helping hand to family, friends, and anyone in need. I remember the love that you had for each and everyone of your brothers and sisters. I know that you and Mark had already made plans to continue your trucking journey. Drive on my dear brothers as that is what made you both happy. Give Daddy, Mama and big brother Pat and baby boy Mark a great big hug for me. All of you will never be forgotten your legacy lives on and your memories will always be alive. Rest in Heaven all of you, until we meet again. Love you forever Van.

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    William E. Carrington Sr. says

    To the Hardy family,
    We send our deepest sympathies to you and your family. May God’s love surround you and provide you with strength and comfort in the days ahead.

    Mr. William E. Carrington Sr.& Family
    Hampton, Virginia

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      Paulette Graves Cypress says

      May God grand the Hardy family comfort in their times of sorrow. Be not dismayed He will take care of you. You have my

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    Carolyn McKnight says

    My God wrap is loving hands around the family and keep them through this time. I love you family.

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