Founder of 84 Lumber, Nemacolin Resort and Hardy World, Joseph A. Hardy III died at the age of 100 on Jan. 7, 2023. The influential businessman was known for founding and growing 84 Lumber into a billion-dollar company.
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Joseph A. Hardy III. The Hardy family lost their patriarch and all-around great man. Many knew Joe as a brilliant businessman and enthusiastic entrepreneur. Even with his vast success, Joe always remembered what matters most: people. He helped make the American dream real for so many, and he will be greatly missed. Joe proved that nothing is impossible by willing himself to his 100th birthday. His family is beyond proud of him for making this final accomplishment.”
Hardy was a son, brother, husband, father, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather, veteran, student, graduate, pilot, gemologist, salesman, entrepreneur, commissioner, and philanthropist. He is survived by his eight children, 15 grandchildren and his wife Jodi Hardy.