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Mr. Hardy Franklin Edmiston (Deceased)
Nickname: Junior
1952

Home:
311 Oakleaf Dr.
Lafayette, LA 70503

Work:
WE Rentals, Inc.
134 Amedee Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70583
sales@werentals.com
Home Phone:
Work Phone:
Fax:
Email:
337-981-3541
337-261-0800
337-261-0803
mhedmiston@cox.net
Hardy served in the Air Force 1952-54.

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Footnote Table of Contents:
Section I Written by Hardy
Section II Living Memorial - memories of Hardy
Section III Obituary

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Section I Written by Hardy Edmiston

Family:
1. Four children from 1st marriage-Steven, Susan Guidry, David, and Nancy Schuler
2. Eight grandchildren
3. Currently married to Mary Flannagan
4. Father of 2 UL-Lafayette graduates(Steve Edmiston, David Edmiston); 2 grandchildren currently attending on academic and athletic scholarships (Anna Laura Edmiston, Drew Edmiston)

Sports:
1. Played baseball and basketball at Baton Rouge High, '46, '47
2. Lettered in baseball at SLI, '49, '50, '51 (Manager-Trainer)
3. Student Intramural Athletic Director 1951-52 under Coach Russ Davis
4. ROTC Athletic Director 1952
5. Assistant Manager, Football, '50

Recent and current:
1. Served on advisory committee to Athletic Directors Terry Don Philips and Nelson Schexnayder
2. Member Emeritus of Board of Governors of the UL-Lafayette Foundation
3. Served on UL-Lafayette Research Park board
4. Served on UL-Lafayette Alumni board
5. Active in sports and academic alumni programs

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Sectio II Living Memorials to Hardy Edmiston
Dec. 12, 2008 - Hubert Blanchard

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Memories of Hardy Edmiston by Hubert Blanchard

I met Hardy in 1951 when Mike Milano and I came from Catholic High of Donaldsonville to visit SLI. He was the football manager under Coach Raymond Didier and Coach had him take us out on the town to a movie and to Voohries ( I don't know if Coach knew about Voorhies, but it certainly was the hub of the college social life).

We moved to Georgia in 1969, but kept up with Hardy through the network of friends and many reunions we attended and his association with PoBoy. We all had special places in our hearts for PoBoy, but no one was closer that his "brother", Hardy.

His generous contribution of time and friendship with Adam certainly helped PoBoy throughout his life. Po Boy was most proud of the Red Jacket Hardy gave him and he wore it anytime we had a "get together".

I know Hardy also loved SLI (UL Lafayette) and continued his support for athletics throughout his life. He also contributed the talent of a couple of grandsons to the program.

Hardy was a fine man who touched many people throughout his life, like myself, and he will be missed.

Our condolences go out to his family.

Hubert Blanchard, Dec. 12, 2008

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Section III Obituary and AN Footnotes

Hardy F. Edmiston Jr. Obituary

LAFAYETTE - Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, at 11 a.m. at Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Lafayette for Hardy F. Edmiston, Jr., 79, who passed away Friday, Dec. 5, 2008, at Lafayette General Medical Center in Lafayette.

Entombment will follow in Fountain Memorial Cemetery in Lafayette.

The Revs. Ned Head and Hunter Huckabay, former pastors of Episcopal Church of the Ascension, are the service officiates.

Mr. Edmiston was born and reared in Baton Rouge and briefly attended LSU then transferred to his beloved Southwestern Louisiana Institute in Lafayette, La. He graduated in 1952 from SLI with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Hardy Franklin Edmiston, Jr. was an independent landman and oil and gas operator, founder and president of Cree Oil Company, and co-owner of Workover Equipment Rentals/WE Services Company. He served in the United States Air Force from 1952-54.

Hardy served in numerous capacities within the petroleum industry including past president of Lafayette Association of Petroleum Landmen; member, Independent American Association of Petroleum Landmen. He was active in numerous civic endeavors including prior service as Vice Chairman, Municipal Civil Service Board; member, Governor's Natural Resource Study Committee; Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and U.S. Congressional ombudsman for the petroleum industry. He also served in numerous other community fundraising endeavors, including United Way, Bishop's Charity Ball, Stuller Place, United Cerebral Palsy Association, various local youth sports events, and the Episcopal Church of the Ascension. He was a past recipient of the Heymann Foundation Civic Participation Award.

From his birthplace of Baton Rouge, through his early career in the petroleum industry in Houston, to his ultimate home of Lafayette, Hardy left an indelible humanitarian imprint upon each community in which he lived. And, for more than forty years, Lafayette and the Acadiana area has been the fortunate recipient of extensive civic, professional, religious, and philanthropic contributions which personify his giving, selfless spirit.

His most focused voluntarism was directed to his alma mater, the University of Louisiana where he served for more than five decades in numerous volunteer and philanthropic endeavors. Hardy was an active board member with the University Foundation for numerous years and ultimately served as a board trustee emeritus. His contributions to the University have included extensive UL Athletic Department projects and programs, several of which include chairman, UL Football Season Ticket Drive, Fundraising Committee for Lady Cajun's Softball Locker Room Construction Project, UL Athletic Director's Council; member, UL Research Park Steering Committee and the Advisory Task Force of the Centennial Capital Fund Drive. Hardy was a recipient of the UL Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award.

Hardy had this special aura about him that came naturally. Any and everyone who came into his life became a friend. His generosity touched many lives as did his love for life. He will be greatly missed by all.

Mr. Edmiston is survived by his beloved wife of 15 years, Mary Flannagan Edmiston of Lafayette; his two sons Steven Edmiston and David Edmiston and his wife Gema, also of Lafayette; two daughters, Susan Guidry and her husband Bill, of Cypress, Texas and Nancy E. Schuler of Youngsville, La.; his stepson Scott Hymel of Pearland, Texas; his sister June Lacy of Richmond, Virginia; nine grandchildren, Megan and Katie Mayers and Drew, Anna Laura, Erin and Haley Edmiston, all of Lafayette, Christor and Abby Guidry of Cypress, Texas, and Kaleb Schuler of Youngsville, La.; his nephew and niece Phillip and Jennifer Deane, of Richmond, Va.; and his cousin Evelyn E. Howell, of Houston, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents Hardy F. Edmiston, Sr., of Chudrant, La. and the former Lilac Aucoin, of Magnolia Mound Plantation in Baton Rouge, La.; two grandchildren Jaime and Jeremy Mayers, and one stepson Chad Hymel.

The family requests that visiting hours at Fountain Memorial Funeral Home be observed from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008, and continue from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, 2008.

Pallbearers will be Hardy's family Steven Edmiston, David Edmiston, Drew Edmiston, Christor Guidry, Scott Hymel, Kaleb Schuler, Evans Howell, and Bill Guidry.

Honorary pallbearers are Marvin Munchrath, George Luffey, George Roach, Huntington Odom, Ken Ardoin, Steve Gossen, William Gillette, and all U.L. administration, coaches, athletes and fans.

A special thank you to the staff of Lafayette General Medical Center and the Fresenius Dialysis Center, and physicians Dr. Mounir, Dr. Zeik, Dr. Ashkar, and Dr. Jaikishen for the compassionate care given to Mr. Edmiston during his time of illness.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Ragin' Cajun Hardy Edmiston Memorial Athlete Fund c/o UL Development Office, POB 43410, Lafayette, LA 70504.

To view online obituary and guestbook, go to www.fountainmemorialfuneralhome.com

Fountain Memorial Funeral Home & Cemetery of Lafayette, (337) 981-7098, 1010 Pandora Street, Lafayette, is in charge of arrangements.

Published on December 07, 2008 by the Daily Advertiser.

Athletic Network Footnotes:

Family, friends, teammates and others may contribute to Hardy Edmiston's living memorial by emailing their memories to athleticnetwork@louisiana.edu so the information may be added to his Athletic Network profile. Thank you.

To view Hardy Edmiston's Athletic Network Profile, go to:
http://www.athleticnetwork.net/site.php?pageID=55&profID=4557

To view pictures of Hardy Edmiston With Friends at the Alvin Dark Reception, Dec., 2006 go to:
http://www.athleticnetwork.net/picpopup.php?piclibID=4214

To view pictures of Hardy Edmiston With George Luffy and Alvin Dark, go to:
http://www.athleticnetwork.net/picpopup.php?piclibID=4334

To view pictures of the Alvin Dark Reception Where Hardy is in several pictures, go to:
http://www.athleticnetwork.net/site709.php#

To view the Adam "Po-Boy" Pillette Eulogy written and delivered by Hardy Edmiston on April 28, 2006, go to:
http://www.athleticnetwork.net/site.php?pageID=53&profID=5005

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Athletic Trainers:  1948, 1949, 1950, 1951
Baseball:  1948, 1949, 1950, 1951
Managers:  1948, 1949, 1950, 1951
Military Veteran:  1952, 1953, 1954


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