Grady Lard Jr. (12-15-09) services12-18-09


Grady Lard Jr.

Grady Lard Jr. was born in Waterloo, Ala., on Dec. 31, 1930, the son of the late Grady Lard Sr. and Mazie Curry Lard.

On Feb. 7, 1953, he was united in marriage to Margie Lucille Gray, who survives.

Mr. Lard retired as plant manager from Angelica Image Apparel in 1999. He was among the 20 people enlisted in the National Guard when organized in Savannah. He was also enlisted with the Navy. He attended Tennessee Technology Center at Crump for computer training and UT Martin for business management. Mr. Lard loved traveling and singing. He was a member of the Double Springs Baptist Church, singing in the choir and serving as deacon and church treasurer for 40 years. He was a great sportsmen, enjoying hunting and fishing. Mr. Lard never missed the University of Tennessee or the Tennessee Titans football games on TV, and knew details of every game. He loved conversation, always wanting to know if anyone had asked about him and staying on the bench at Wal-Mart striking up conversations.

Mr. Lard departed this life on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at the age of 78 years, 11 months, 15 days.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Dr. Janet Lard Cromwell of Savannah and Kim Collins of Mobile, Ala.; two sisters, Celia Godwin and Sadie Williams both of Savannah; two brothers, Dr. Curtis F. Lard of Bryan, Texas and Thomas Waymon Lard of Savannah; a grandson, Christopher Vinson.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Sherry Lard Vinson and a grandson, Jeremy J. Vinson.

Services were held on Friday, Dec. 18, at 3 p.m., at Shackelford Chapel in Savannah with Jack Maroon officiating. Burial was in the Neill Cemetery at Savannah.

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