November 26, 1926 - May 9, 2021
Annie Laura Hardy was born on November 26, 1926, in Cleveland, Mississippi to Thomas Bibbs and Georgia Diew Bibbs. She was the firstborn of ten children to this union. Annie Laura accepted Christ at an early age and was a faithful member of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Cleveland until she moved to Chicago, Illinois. Annie Laura was a member of the Choir at St. Paul, and as a soloist with a pure and beautiful angelic voice, she was frequently requested to travel and sing throughout the County after the Pastor would preach his sermons to the congregations. After graduating from the Cleveland Consolidated High School, Annie Laura attended Le Moyne College (now known as Le Moyne-Owen College) an HBCU, located in Memphis, Tennessee. Annie Laura met the love of her life Johnie (John) Hardy in their youth when she was a mere ten years old and he was 12 years old. John's mother was a cook at a general store and restaurant across the street from Annie Laura's house. John would eat his meals at the restaurant every day and he would see Annie Laura on her porch or at the restaurant and he thought she had a beautiful smile. They attended and graduated from middle school together and John always admired how "smart" Annie Laura was in school. John later moved to Chicago, joined the Army, and once he was discharged, he worked, saved his money, and went back to Cleveland and married Annie Laura in 1946. And to this union, she and John had 2 children: Kenneth and Sandra. Annie Laura and John had a good life together. John was devoted to his wife throughout their 75 years of marriage. They enjoyed traveling and one of her most memorable trips was a Bibbs family reunion cruise to the Bahamas. Annie Laura loved entertaining and spending time with her neighbors Arthur and Evelyn. She also enjoyed hosting parties and cookouts for family and friends. The Bibbs Family 4th of July cook-outs, which have become a tradition, started in their backyard with her brothers and sisters, nieces/nephews, and old family friends from Mississippi. Once in Chicago, Annie Laura and John found a new church home at Monumental Baptist Church, where she was an active member and soloist in the senior choir. Monumental Baptist Church remained her church home for over 70 years. Annie Laura loved her roses which bloomed and filled her yard. Annie Laura made her peaceful transition on May 9, 2021, with her family by her side. She was preceded in death by both her parents, her son Kenneth Hardy, 6 brothers and sisters, Herman, Charles, Willie, Alvin, Anniece, and Doris. She leaves to cherish her memory, her devoted husband, Johnie; daughter, Sandra and son-in-law, Warren Hill; one brother, Thomas Bibbs; 4 sisters, Sister/Best Friend, Marietta Battle, Betty Sykes, Valda (Willie) Kemp, and Rita Bibbs-Booth; grandchildren, Jonathan Revis, Amber, Makele and Soleil Hill; great-grandchildren, Jordan, and Zion Revis; special cousin, Sue Arrington and a host of nieces, nephews, Monumental Baptist Church members, and dear family and friends. A graveside service will take place Thursday, May 20, 2021, 2 PM, at the Georgia National Cemetery - 1080 Scott Hudgens Drive, Canton, GA 30114 All family members, friends and well-wishers are required to wear face masks and follow CDC social distancing guidelines to attend all services.
Annie Laura Hardy was born on November 26, 1926, in Cleveland, Mississippi to Thomas Bibbs and Georgia Diew Bibbs. She was the firstborn of ten children to this union. Annie Laura accepted Christ at an early age and was a faithful member of... View Obituary & Service Information
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