Johnny Ray Hardwick, a proud and honorable man, passed away peacefully on December 16, 2023, in Wilmington, NC, at the age of 72. He was born on December 27, 1951, in Columbus County, NC, to Willie Everett Hardwick and Macy Lewis Hardwick.
Johnny dedicated his life to hard work and owned and operated Johnny’s Dry Wall Repair until his retirement. He took great pride in his craft and was known for his exceptional skills. Johnny’s dedication to his work earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues and clients alike.
In his leisure time, Johnny was an avid NASCAR fan and followed the career of Kyle Larson closely. He found joy in cheering on his favorite driver and relished the excitement of each race.
Johnny’s true passion in life, however, was his family and friends. He cherished the 33 years he spent as the loving companion to his wife, Marsha Kay Humphreys. Their bond was unbreakable.
Johnny cared deeply for his extended family, Misty, and her husband, Miguel Rodriguez. He loved their children Mindy, Michael, and Marcus, and took great pleasure in watching them grow and succeed as any grandfather would. He was loved and greatly appreciated by the Rodriguez family and they will greatly miss him.
Johnny shared a special bond with his brothers, Charles Hardwick and Larry Hardwick. They stood by each other, providing support and camaraderie throughout their lives.
Johnny was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Willie Everett Hardwick and Macy Lewis Hardwick, as well as his sisters, Oneita Hardwick DelConte and Linda Hardwick O’Quinn, and his brothers, Lewis Hardwick, Billy Hardwick, Danny Hardwick, and Douglas Hardwick. Their memories will forever live on.
Services to honor and celebrate Johnny’s life will be held at 2 pm on Wednesday, December 20, 2023, at the Wilmington Funeral Chapel. Following the service, he will be laid to rest at Greenlawn Memorial Park, Wilmington.
Johnny Ray Hardwick will be remembered as a proud, hardworking, and honorable man who touched the lives of many. His legacy of love, dedication, and friendship will endure, bringing comfort and strength to those who knew him.
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