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Thomas Hardy Hays

February 20, 1944 — February 24, 2023

Thomas Hardy Hays

 

Funeral service for Mr. Thomas Hardy Hays, 79, of Monroe, LA, will be held at 10:00AM Tuesday, February 28, 2023, in the chapel of Mulhearn Funeral Home Sterlington Rd. Monroe with The Rev. Whit Stodghill officiating. Graveside service will be held at 1:00PM Tuesday at Arcadia City Cemetery in Arcadia, LA. Visitation will be from 9:00AM until service time Tuesday at Mulhearn Funeral Home.

Mr. Hays was born on February 20, 1944, in Ruston, LA and went to his heavenly home on February 24, 2023, after a battle with dementia/Alzheimer’s. He graduated from Arcadia High School and attended LA Tech, earning a degree in electrical engineering and a master’s in business. After a short stint at Ford Bacon and Davis, he then opened his own consulting firm doing mechanical and electrical engineering. Hardy was always complimented on his attention to detail on his plans.

If you knew Hardy, you know from a young age he was an old car buff. He could take a piece of junk and turn it into a beautiful treasure. He and Ginger took many old car trips with friends to Tennessee and Arkansas, especially in the fall to see the leaves turn. They found Cruising the Coast where they both decided they needed a T-bird. As soon as they got home, he found one.

Hardy took the dimensions from a drawing of a Model A and precisely drew it on his computer. He then found an old chassis, cut the wood pieces, and built his own Model A. The State Police came to check it out to make sure it was street legal, of course it was. He was never satisfied with the woodworking, so he ended up building three Woodies, each one better than the last. Many days he could be seen driving three or four different cars.

Hardy was preceded in death by his parents, Lem and Josphine Hays, and his sister, Judith.

Survivors include the love of his life, his wife of 42 years, Ginger Thompson Hays; children, Kimberly Hays Spier and husband Phil, Henry Hays and wife Melissa, Presley Hays Whidden and husband Brett, Errett Porter and wife Sheryl, and Aimee Greene and husband Eric; and grandchildren, Ben and Sam Spier, Emma, Henry, and Nathan Hays, Jack, Kelly, Will, and Molly Whidden, and Erin and Ainsley Akin. Surviving also, lifelong friend, Jewel Abney and his four-legged friends, Max and Trixie, who he loved dearly.

Pallbearers will be Errett Porter, Eric Greene, Brett Whidden, Phil Spier, Henry Hays, and Robbie Stigletts.

Memorials may be made to Chennault Aviation Museum or to the Best Friend Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah.

 

Online Registry/Condolences: www.mulhearnfuneralhome.com

Mulhearn Funeral Home

Sterlington Road, Monroe, LA

 

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Visitation

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

9:00 - 10:00 am (Central time)

Mulhearn Funeral Home - Monroe

2308 Sterlington Road, Monroe, LA 71203

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Funeral Service

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

Mulhearn Funeral Home - Monroe

2308 Sterlington Road, Monroe, LA 71203

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Interment

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

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