On Thursday morning, October 6, 2022, God in his infinite wisdom saw that Margie Louvenia “Lou” Hardy Flood was growing tired and whispered to her, my child come home with me. Your race is finished here on earth. Your work is done. Your battle has been fought. Your victory is won.
Lou was born November 6, 1938 to the late Rev. Debrise and Carrie Brown Hardy. She was the 8th child of 13 children. She was a devoted member of Main Street Baptist Church prior to moving her membership to Lebanon Baptist Church where she served faithfully until her health declined. Lou’s passion was barbering and she was exceptional at her craft. She was a barber extraordinaire, serving her customers for over 50 years. Her barbering career commenced at Seaborne’s Barbershop in Smithfield, VA and concluded at Alvin and Son’s Barbershop, Smithfield, VA, when her health didn’t allow her to pick up another pair of clippers. She was a very dedicated employee, as she went to work before the sun rose and stayed until the sun set, doing what she loved. Lou was a people person. She loved her customers, loved hearing the latest news and cutting up with her clients. She had so much patience with the little boys as she was often seen grabbing their heads and saying “hish hish” as they are crying. In the end, she had a wet-faced satisfied customer.
Lou took pride in family gatherings preparing scrumptious meals for her husband, only daughter and her boys. Lou was known for her stylish attire. She loved the finer things in life. She had impeccable taste in decorations, and she was definitely a fashionista who loved boutiques. She never wanted to see others wearing what she had in her wardrobe. Whenever you saw her and Frank they were always matching from head to toe. Whatever colors she sported, her nails, shoes and purse matched perfectly. Lou was such a caring person with a giving spirit. She was a lover of good ole gospel music. When she heard you sing, she didn’t mind joining in with you, harmonizing beautifully. If ever you wanted a good laugh, talk to Lou. She always had the last word, and that last word was sure to be funny. Even during her health challenges, she was always quick-witted.
Her first marriage produced 6 children; Geric D. Johnson (deceased), Bert R. Johnson (Angela), Thomas L. Johnson, M. Lynnette Johnson-Jones (James), Joby S. Johnson (Teresa) and Louis P. Johnson (De’Lorean). In 2001 she married Frank Flood, Jr., and they had a blended family consisting of Peter Flood (deceased), Larry Flood, Anthony Flood (Stella) and Christopher Flood (Kelly). Lou’s loving memories will also be cherished by her siblings Pattie H. White, Sarah H. Jones, and Carrie H. Swarn. Also left to celebrate a life well—lived are her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. We are grateful for her devoted caregivers; Ms. Lela Brown, Ms. Geraldine Bell and Ms. Cynthia (Goonbaby) Hill. She spent her last few years surrounded by her dutiful husband Frank, dedicated daughter, Lynne, and her sons Joby and Von assisting diligently with her care.
Posted on Facebook May 14, 2021: I love that you share your journey with us... your mom is a jewel and comical This is from my heart to yours... "Precious moments, no matter how small; and because you love her you're capturing them all! You sometimes laugh, and sometimes cry, sometimes asking the question, why? Know God has favor He's extended your way, just to encourage and help you through each and every day. Patience and strength He gives to you, just like grace and mercy every morning fresh and new. The joy of the Lord is your strength it will never part; and just know, her unspoken love...will never leave her heart." Mrs. Diane Parker Stevenson
A Celebration of Life Service will be held 2:00PM on Sunday, October 16, 2022 at Lebanon Baptist Church, Surry, Va. Viewing will take place from 2-5pm with reflections from 4-5 pm on Saturday, October 15, 2022 at the Chapel. Please keep the Hardy-Flood family in your prayers.