Thomas A. Hardesty, Sr. President
Known to most as Tommy, he has been a licensed mortician since 1961, the third generation Hardesty to join the firm, a graduate of Southern High School in Lothian, MD, then attended the University of Maryland. His funeral service education was at the American Academy-McAllister Institute in New York, NY, graduating in 1960. He then joined his father, Bernard, in the business which had recently expanded into the Annapolis area from South Anne Arundel County. He acquired the Hopping Funeral Homes in Annapolis and Gambrills, renaming them Hardesty Funeral Home.
Jacklyn Woolford Hardesty 1941-2006
Jacklyn W. "Jackie" Hardesty, 64, a resident of Edgewater for 30 years, died of breast cancer May 13 at home after a 20-year illness. The daughter of the late Jethro T. "Jack" and Evelyn J. Foster Woolford, Mrs. Hardesty was born Sept. 7, 1941, in Annapolis, where she graduated from Annapolis High School in 1959. Then in 1962, she graduated from Church Home and Hospital School of Nursing in Baltimore, where she served as class president.
Mrs. Hardesty worked as a registered nurse for Dr. Ray Smith in Severna Park at the Hahn Building location. Following the birth of her second child, Thomas A. Hardesty Jr. of Aurora, Colo., she continued working, but on a part-time basis. At the same time, she became more involved in the family business at Hardesty Funeral Home. At age 41, she attended Catonsville Community College School of Mortuary Science, now known as Community College of Baltimore County - Catonsville, where she earned her funeral director and embalming license.
She was a member of Mayo United Methodist Church, Eastern Star Annapolis Chapter 46, where she was past worthy matron, and the Mayo Quilters Club. Her interests included sewing, gardening and travel. In addition to her son, surviving are her husband, Thomas A. Hardesty Sr., whom she married Feb. 23, 1963; one daughter, Kimberly S. Hardesty of Edgewater; and three grandchildren.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Highway, Annapolis, MD 21401 or The Michael Hardesty Memorial Scholarship Fund, Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 3008, Princeton, N.J. 08543-3008
Kimberly Hardesty, Secretary-Treasurer
A native of Anne Arundel County and fourth generation funeral director, Kimberly was born in Annapolis in 1964 at the former Anne Arundel General Hospital. Kimberly lived at the Annapolis location until the age of 3 when her family moved to the Homewood section of Annapolis. Kimberly attended Germantown Primary School and Germantown Intermediate School.
At age 12, Kimberly's family moved to Mayo, MD and she attended Severn School for one year before transferring to Central Middle School. Kimberly graduated from South River High School in 1982, and then went on to complete Catonsville Community College's Mortuary Science program and become a licensed Mortician in 1985.
Kimberly is a member of the Southern Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce where she served on the Board of Directors from 2000 – 2005, the West Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce, The Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce, The Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, The Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County where she sits on the Board of Directors serving as Secretary, The Planned Giving Board of Hospice of the Chesapeake, The Perinatal Loss Advisory Board of Anne Arundel Medical Center, The Mid Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League, The Zonta Club of Annapolis, and the Rotary Club of Parole (Annapolis)
Kimberly currently lives in Edgewater, MD with her two children, Brian and Courtney Rowe and their two Great Danes, Bailey and Maggie.
James K. Govoni, General Manager
Jim joined the firm as general manager in 2000. Since that time Jim has expanded the outreach of the funeral home by establishing “value added” at all of the locations. Many modifications and improvements have been made to the facilities and service options. He started his career in funeral service after a four year tour of duty in the United States Navy Hospital Corps. While stationed at the Bethesda Naval Hospital he worked part time for the Robert A. Pumphrey Funeral Home, P.A., Bethesda, MD where he became an apprentice mortician in 1982. He attended the Catonsville Community College, graduating in 1984 and obtained his morticians license in 1985. In 1987 he joined the then Beall Funeral Home in Bowie, MD The firm was sold in 1989 and became the Beall-Evans Funeral Home, changing in 1993 to the Robert E. Evans Funeral Home. Jim became manager in 1997. Jim is a member Dignity USA/Washington, West Annapolis Business Association where he serves as Vice-President. and the International Society for Performance Improvement, Potomac Chapter where he serves as Vice President of Finance. Jim’s family includes his domestic partner, Jeffrey Jorney a Technical Writer and son Tony who is currently serving on active duty with the United States Navy.
Patrick A. Arnold, Senior Funeral Director
Todd Liller, Funeral Director
Todd graduated from the University of Maryland in 1983 with a Bachelors degree in Radio, TV and Film and from Catonsville Community College with an Associate in Arts degree in Mortuary Science in 1998. He obtained his morticians license in 1998 and began his funeral service career at the Robert E. Evans Funeral Home in Bowie. Prior to joining Hardesty Funeral Home, P.A. he worked for the John M. Taylor Funeral Home in Annapolis for 14 years Todd is an active member of Joy Reigns Lutheran Church in Edgewater. He lives in Annapolis with his wife, Lenore, his daughter, Alex and his granddaughter, Olivia.