Mrs. Clara Bell Hardeman died Dec. 9 in Snellville. The daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Albert (Evelyn) Williams, she was born in 1934 in Walton County, growing up in Rutledge and Mansfield. She joined Brownwood Baptist Church (presently Thankful Baptist Church) at an early age. Mrs. Hardeman worked for many years for the Davis family in Mansfield. During the 1990s she moved to Atlanta where she worked at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport for many years, until her health declined. A devout Christian, Mrs. Hardeman loved reading the Bible and singing gospel songs. An excellent homemaker, she enjoyed cooking and sewing. Always happy and joyful, she brought joy to all she encountered and will be remembered for her smile. Mrs. Hardeman was preceded in death by husband Johnny Hardeman and children Kennedy "Kenny Lee" Hardeman, Louise "Punkin" Hardeman, Elizabeth Nash and an infant son.
Surviving are daughters Mr. and Mrs. Cedrick (Christina) Mitchell, Ms. Hazel "Tina" Hardeman; sons Mr. Wesley Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Albert (Catina) Williams, Mr. Mose Hardeman, Mr. Randy Hardeman, Mr. John Henry Hardeman Jr.; a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother Mr. and Mrs. Eddie C. Williams; sisters Ms. Emilmy Williams, Ms. Katie Pettigrew, Ms. Annie Ruth Williams, Mrs. Maggie Mac Shirley, Mrs. Arlene Polk, Mrs. Katherine Tiller, Mrs. Lumpsie Cofer; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Dec. 14 at Thankful Baptist Church, Madison, with the Rev. Thomas Chapman and the Rev. James Durden officiating. Interment followed at Springfield Memorial Gardens.