Carolyn Hardy, 1941–2021

Carolyn Hardy, age 80, passed away on Monday, March 22, 2021.

Carolyn J. Jackson-Hardy was born January 5, 1941 to A.S (Red) Jones and Opal Clark Jones in the Middlewell Community in Moore County, Texas.

She started first grade at Grady, New Mexico, and went to school there through fourth grade. She attended school at the Middlewell Elementary School in Moore County, Texas, fifth, sixth and eighth grade. Carolyn began the ninth grade in Dumas. When her parents moved to Lockney, Texas, in the fall of 1954, she went to school at Lockney until January 1957.

On January 11, 1957, Carolyn married James Gail Wilson in Lockney. There were two sons born to this marriage, Russell Gail (Rusty) and James Aaron. Carolyn, Rusty and Aaron lived with her parents in the Sterley Community, north of Lockney from 1962 until 1976. Rusty and Aaron went to school in Lockney.

Carolyn attended Lippert’s Business College in Plainview. She worked at Baker Plow Company in Plainview for a year, then worked as a legal secretary to Ben P. Ayres, an attorney in Floydada, Texas, for twelve years.

On February 26, 1976, Carolyn married Floyd Wayne Jackson. Floyd Wayne became a dad to her sons. Floyd Wayne and Carolyn ranched, farmed and raised registered quarter horses. They were co-owners of a filly named Hot Idea that won the 1977 All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico. They also owned one-half share in the stallion Dash for Cash. Their mares produced quality foals that won numerous futurities and derbies.

Floyd Wayne Jackson died suddenly on July 24, 1996. Carolyn served as justice of the peace, precinct 2, Floyd County, from 1997 until 1999. Her son Rusty died June 9, 1999.

She accepted the position of executive director of the Floyd County Historical Museum in Floydada in 1999 and held that position until 2006. She loved working at the museum and especially in the Mary Lou Bollman History and Genealogy Center. She loved Floyd County and its people. She would say that Floyd County’s greatest asset was the people.

Carolyn was a member of First United Methodist Church in Lockney for many years. She taught fourth and sixth grade Sunday School class, served as head of the children’s department and sang in the choir. When she moved to Floydada, she moved her membership to First United Methodist Church in Floydada. In later years, her health prevented her from attending. She greatly missed worshipping her Lord in his house and the fellowship with her church family.

Carolyn married Don Hardy on October 26, 2003. They lived in Floydada from 2004 until his death November 30, 2020.

She and Don collected classic cars and were members of the Lubbock Chapter of the Nifty Fifties Car Club and the High Plains Studebaker Drivers Club. They purchased buildings around the square in Floydada to house their collection. Hardy’s Classic Cars includes Carolyn’s Coca-Cola collection, her collection of beautiful Western saddles and her large collection of bits and spurs. Carolyn took pride in her saddle, bit and spur collection.

Carolyn loved her Lord, her family, her friends, Texas, and Floyd County. She was a people person and never met a stranger. When she went out to eat, she hardly had time to eat because she had rather visit.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Floyd Jackson; son Rusty Wilson; sister, Cordella Briggs, and husband, Don Hardy.

She is survived by her son, Aaron Wilson and wife, Karen; Dedra Hardy-Jones and husband, Larry; Donald Hardy; her seven grandchildren; Kirk Wilson and wife, Brittney, Brance Wilson and wife, Kimberly, Bethany Miller and husband, Titus, Callie Flores and husband, Gabe, Marc Wilson, Bryce Thomas and Breck Thomas; her fourteen great-grandchildren, Dillan Wilson, Jacob Wilson, Emma Wilson, Roxie Flores, Laila Flores, Cecily Flores, Jillian Wilson, Ali Jane Wilson, Nash Wilson, Sawyer Wilson, Gatlin Wilson, Micah Miller, Daniel Miller, and Lucy Wilson; a niece, Tonya Briggs Hunt; and a nephew, Rocklan (Rocky) Briggs. Also surviving are her “friends like family,” Rhonda Louise Lyles, Nancy Holland Marble, Seniada (Sandy) Aguilar, Isaac Martinez, Miguel Pena and Larry and Glenna Sue Griffith.

Visitation was held from 6 p.m. through 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 23, 2020 at Moore-Rose Funeral Home in Lockney.

A celebration of Carolyn’s life was held at 2 p.m., Wednesday 24, 2021 in Lockney at First United Methodist Church. Reverend Kyle Brock and Titus Miller officiated.

Burial followed the service at the Lockney Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to First United Methodist Church of Lockney, Lockney, TX 79241, the Lockney Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 10, Lockney. Tx 79241, or the Children’s Miracle Network, 602 Indiana Avenue, Lubbock, TX 79415.

Carolyn Hardy, 1941–2021

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