Chester Lenzy Hardy, Sr., the fourth of seven children, was born May 28, 1946, in Logan, WV to Robert Hardy Sr., and Mary A. Jordon Hardy. Chester was called to eternal rest Saturday, September 25, 2021, after a short illness, surrounded by his loving family.
Chester spent his early years in Charleston, WV, and attended public school. He graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School and attended Wilberforce University in Ohio. Chester moved to Washington, DC shortly after leaving college and lived there for about thirty years prior to returning to Charleston, WV.
Chester was united in marriage to Connie Caldwell and from that marriage had a son, Chester Hardy Jr. Later in life he had two more sons, Donovan Yarbough, and Semaj Pitt.
Chester was no stranger to hard work. While living in Washington DC he served as a taxicab driver. It was there that he developed his listening and talking skills. Chester moved back to Charleston, WV and worked as a construction worker for CECDC. He found his stride in the construction business and ventured on his own to build and rehab houses. Chester loved the art of design and the challenge of construction. Recently, he worked as a transport driver for Joe Holland Automotive. Chester especially enjoyed the day-to-day connection he made with customers and saw his work as a ministry to serve others.
Chester enjoyed listening to music, watching sports, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. He worked hard all his life and enjoyed the fruits of his labor until the end.
Chester was preceded in death by his parents, Robert M. Hardy Sr. and Mary Hardy, brothers, Willard Jewett, Richard Hardy, and sister, Mary Hardy Hill.
Chester leaves to cherish his memory his sons, Chester Jr. Hardy (Emma), Donovan Yarbough (Deanna), and Semaj Pitt, grandchildren Comfort, Michael, Marshal, Mitchell, and two great-grandchildren Adriel and Amy, brothers Robert M. Hardy, Jr. (Connie), Jerry C. Hardy (Sharon), and sister, Roberta Hill Smith, a host of, cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends. He will be greatly missed by everyone that knew and loved him.
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