Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
Ever since we opened our gates we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not a burial ground. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.
In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.
We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.
Learn the legacy.
Hardy-Towns Funeral Home was established in 2001, and serving families has always been our focus. We take pride in being able to guide people through some of their most difficult days. We take pride in maintaining a setting that allows people to find solace. Celebrating life is our mission. That’s never changed. And with pride, it never will.
The year was 2001. Philip Hardy and his wife, Debbie Tripp Hardy purchased Horne Funeral Home from the Horne Family. The Horne's had been in the funeral business since 1946 on College Street in Eastman.
Philip along with Jimmy Hendrix and others operated Hardy Funeral Home until 2003 when Hardy joined forces with Rick Towns of Towns Funeral Home in Alamo, Ga. They joined forces and operated both locations from then til now.
In January of 2009 Hardy-Towns Funeral Home moved to a new Funeral Home on Oak Street in Eastman. This funeral home is second to none, anywhere. We are very proud of our facility and our staff, as we can handle any service, no matter how large or how small it may be.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.
Funeral Director & General manager
Philip has served this community and others for over fifty years. He is a graduate of Dodge County High School and Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science. He is married to Debbie Tripp Hardy and they have three children and five grandchildren. He is a member of First United Methodist Church.
Funeral Director & Embalmer
Andy also has over fifty years experience serving the community. He and his wife Carol are members of Bethlehem Baptist Church and have one son, Lance and two grandchildren.
Funeral Director and Embalmer
.Lisa Hardy is the daughter of Philip and Debbie Hardy, and the late Lynn Taylor Hardy. She is a lifelong resident of Eastman and a 1994 graduate of Dodge County High School. She has recently graduated from Walden University with her Masters of Science in Nursing and is pursuing a career as a family nurse practitioner. She is a member and pianist at Eastman First United Methodist Church. Lisa has served as a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 2010.
Apprentice Funeral Director
Bodie is a lifelong resident of Dodge County living in Milan throughout his childhood years and later moving to make Eastman his home. He is a 1983 graduate of Dodge County High School. He is an active member of the community and served on GRPA State Athletic Committee, Dodge County Recreation Director and Transportation Director for the Dodge County Board of Education. As an avid sports fan, he is a certified GHSA official. A member of Milan Baptist Church attending First Baptist Church of Eastman. He is married to Michelle Butler-Gray they have three sons, and four grandchildren.