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Ryan and Zion Hardy

September 1, 2023

Ryan Hardy 38, and Zion Hardy 16, of Altavista passed away Friday, September 1, 2023.

Ryan was born Lynchburg, VA. to Melissa and John Hardy. He graduated from Heritage High School and he enjoyed football, video games, hanging out with family and friends. Ryan especially enjoyed being the South Paw Mascot for the local Lynchburg Hillcats.


Zion shared a birthday with his father and was born on July 27, 2007, in North Carolina. He attended Altavista Combine School and enjoyed track, soccer, videos, anime, riding his bike, hanging out with family and friends.


Ryan was preceded in death by his son, Luke Ryder Hardy and grandmother, Joann Tomlin.


Survivors include Ryan’s wife of 12 years and Zions mother, Jamie Jean Poe Hardy; Ryan’s children and Zion’s siblings, Izabella Hardy and Zayne Hardy; and Ryan’s siblings, Steven Hardy and Olivia Dudley. Zion is also survived by his mother Crystal Hardy and siblings, Edwin Litchford Jr and Zilly Snow. 


A visitation will be held Sunday, September 10, 2023, from 5-7 P.M. at Tharp Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Monday, September 11, 2023, at 1:00 P.M. at Living Water Ministries, 1071 Waterlick Road, Lynchburg, VA 24501.


View the Livestream of the Service on Living Water Ministries Facebook Page Here


Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.


Condolences & Tributes

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John and Melissa so sorry to hear this!! In my thoughts and prayers!!

Posted by Phillip Grant on September 12, 2023

Zion & my Son, Lance Hutcherson, were on the soccer team together at ACS this past Spring. Our condolences to you and your family.

Posted by Terri Bryant on September 11, 2023

Melissa, John and family I am so very sorry to hear about Ryan and Zion. I remember how much you always talked about your children and how much you loved them. Also when Zion was born. I know this is very hard for your family and just want you to know that I have been thinking about you and praying for comfort. Sending love and prayers and my deepest sympathy. Love, Theresa

Posted by Theresa Trent on September 10, 2023

Our hearts and prayers go out to all for the loss of Ryan and Zion. Ryan will be missed in so many hearts. His friendship got me through a dark time. I will forever be thankful he walked into my life. May god bless you and your family in your grief. With sympathy Shannon & Jason

Posted by Shannon and Jason Morgan on September 10, 2023

Melissa & family, Melissa, we worked together at Ericcson. I am sending you lots of love and prayers. I can't even imagine. I pray God wraps you in his arms and comforts you as only he can❤️

Posted by Pamela T Dodgion on September 9, 2023

I don’t know you all personally but hearing about their passing broke my heart. Sending prayers🙏

Posted by Dianne Stedman on September 9, 2023

To The Family and Friends, May God Bless and Comfort each of you now and in the days ahead. My Thoughts and Prayers are with you. Ryan and Zion, Rest High on that Mountain. I did not personally know the family, but I can relate to losing a husband and son. Respectfully, Glenna W. Carr

Posted by Glenna W Carr on September 9, 2023

When zion was with us he was so sweet, kind and funny. We will never forget him. Love and prayers are with you for Ryan and Zion.

Posted by Jennifer spence on September 9, 2023

Amanda and Zion out on lunch date.

Posted by Jennifer spence on September 9, 2023

My deepest condolences for your great loss Jamie. My heat is with you and your babies. Winnie

Posted by Winnie Bryant Allen on September 9, 2023

Our Thoughts and Prayers to the entire family, during this time of your loss. I could only imagine. May God wrap his loving arms around each and everyone of you all and Comfort your hearts. Only God. Heavenly Father rest your Peace among each and everyone , I Pray.

Posted by Linda & Peyton Price on September 9, 2023

Sincere condolences to you all. I can't fully imigine what yall must be feeling right now. I'm all too familiar with the loss of a spouse but to add a the loss of a son on top of that is unimaginable. My heart goes out to all of you.😔

Posted by Kevin on September 9, 2023

so sorry for your loss I pray that your memories will bring you comfort .We all loved Ryan as he grew up many a day and nights with us God bless you for the days ahead

Posted by Bonnie cox on September 8, 2023

You left this world way to soon. God must have needed you two for a bigger purpose. My prayers a with your families. God bless

Posted by James R Hardy on September 8, 2023

What you’re going through is unimaginable, my thoughts and prayers are with your family 🖤

Posted by Winter on September 8, 2023

I remember when I first met Ryan many, many years ago. Such a fantastic personality and such an awesome guy to hang out and chill with. Even though we drifted apart as the years went by, I never forgot about our experiences and the fun memories together. My heart goes out to Ryan's family and Jamie's during this rough and trying times. Fly high, Ryan and Zion.

Posted by Adam Hackett on September 8, 2023

Ryan and Zion: I am a better person for having had you in my life. You both taught all of us about love kindness, joy, friendship in action. We will all miss you so much.

Posted by Patty Narbis on September 8, 2023

Ryan and Zion: I am a better person for having had you in my life. You both taught all of us about love kindness, joy, friendship in action. We will all miss you so much.

Posted by Patty Narbis on September 8, 2023

From Mr. Lee and the Autobody Class sorry for your loss and will be praying for you and with you . And just wanted to Share Zion was a joy to have in class and you be missed .

Posted by Clif Lee on September 8, 2023

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