Joe Hardman's final days were spent surrounded by his family. Joe was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Jean Hardman. He is survived by Cathy and Tom Laurito (daughter and son-in-law), Tim and Darlene Hardman (son and daughter-in-law), Laura and Phil Napier (daughter and son-in-law) and dear friend Nelwyn Yeary. Joe has six grandchildren: Ashlee, Amanda, TC, Cori, Kelci and Tucker. He has eight great-grandchildren: Casey, Carlie, Mason, Destynee, Daniel, Elana, Cayden and Parker.
Joe was born to Zed and Mamie Hardman and raised in Colbert, Georgia. He was one of seven children and is preceded in death by JW Hardman (Georgia), Cornelius Hardman (Georgia) Leo Hardman (North Carolina), Carolyn Hardman (Georgia). He is survived by his sister Mary Ramsey (Georgia), and Hildred Parker (Georgia). He served in the Navy during the Korean War and was honorably discharged. He then went into the furniture business for 40 years where he won numerous awards of service. He moved to Florida with is family in 1972.
Joe Doyle had a great love for his family and an even greater love for the Lord. He had an infectious smile that could light up any room. One of Joe's passions in life was cooking. He had a real talent and enjoyed filling his loved one's bellies any chance he got. For many of us, Joe was called Papa. An endearing name that sounds like home for those of us who called him by that. Joe was a man of wisdom, faith, kindness, and compassion. Some of his favorite pastimes included watching Georgia Bulldogs football, spending time with his family, and going to Chruch. Joe, your legacy of kindness and Godliness will live on through those you have touched.
A viewing will be held on Monday, February 19, 2018, at Roberts of Ocala Funerals and Cremations Downtown Chapel from 5 -7 PM. A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 10 AM at Roberts of Ocala Funerals and Cremations Downtown Chapel, with burial to follow at the Florida National Cemetery.