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Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

Donald Edwin Schell, Sr.

March 31, 1942 ~ July 9, 2020

Services will be held:

Howard Winston Candler

August 7, 1928 ~ July 7, 2020

Services will be held: July 12, 2020

Paul Elliott Fisher

October 31, 1945 ~ July 2, 2020

Services will be held: July 25, 2020

Russell “Russ” Decker

July 15, 1949 ~ July 7, 2020

Services will be held: July 11, 2020

Grace Wilkins

March 30, 1928 ~ July 7, 2020

Services will be held: July 11, 2020

Delma Marie Fullam

June 30, 1928 ~ July 6, 2020

Services will be held:

Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

Audrey Charles Maben, Jr.

December 19, 1953 ~ July 2, 2020

Services will be held:

Laland McMaster Allen

December 31, 1925 ~ July 6, 2020

Services will be held: July 13, 2020

Mason Manly Hardy

January 20, 2006 ~ June 20, 2020

Mason Manly Hardy, 14, of Willow Spring passed unexpectedly on Saturday, June 20, 2020. Mason was born January 20, 2006 to Christopher Todd Hardy and Gaelen Brady Welch. Mason was a joy to have around and everybody he met loved him. He was voted best hair in many of his classes and always had a smile or a laugh to share. Mason enjoyed spending time with his family, playing video games, and going to the beach.
Mason is survived by his father, Christopher Todd Hardy and partner, Kim Breckling-Pearce; mother, Gaelen Brady Welch; brothers and sisters, Michael Steinfeld, Ellie Hardy, Hannah Hardy, Mckenna Hargis, Seth Hardy, Emily Welch, and Olivia Fisher; a nephew, Cameron Hargis; and two nieces, Kayleigh and Karleigh Marsh.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Charles McKinley and Ann Routh Hardy.
The family will be receiving friends on Friday, June 26, 2020, from 5:45-7:00PM, at Plymouth Church, 6104 Rock Service Station Road, Raleigh, NC 27603.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting a memorial donation be made in Mason’s name to Central Children’s Home of North Carolina, 211 West Antioch Dr., Oxford, NC 27565-6990.


June 26, 2020

5:45 - 7:00PM

Plymouth Church
6104 Rock Service Station Road Raleigh, NC 27603


To Be Determined


  1. Lisa Pope Thomas

    Todd, please know that you are all in our prayers!

  2. Leah Russell

    Mason was such a good friend to everyone he met, and was always so kind. He always made everyone around him feel better no matter what. From the moment I first met him I knew how good of a person and how big his heart was. He is going to be missed by so many, fly high mason, we love you💓💓

  3. S’Nya L

    Mason always knew how to make someone laugh. I’ll miss him so much. I’ll miss his laugh & his jokes & how he’d purposely call me by the wrong name. Praying for your family, may he rest in peace ❤️.

  4. Tyana Nicole Sanders

    Mason was such an amazing person , he was loving and caring and he always had a smile on his face , when other were done he was there to bring them back up . He was a very joyful person and he was very well known everyone loved him . He made my middle school years the best years and he made me laugh so much on the bus and I’m school he will always be loved so much and always will be remembered and will forever be in my heart !.

  5. Ally Mehl

    Mason was one of the best people i knew. He always knew how to brighten someone’s day. he never let any of his friends be upset. Mason has a fun loving personality, so anyone that was blessed with his presence was not disappointed. He will be dearly missed, as a son, a brother, a best friend. Much love to the Hardy family, sending my hugs and prayers.❣️

  6. Greyson Harris

    Heaven has gained a real friend that knew how to brighten up anyone’s day. You will be missed bro I love you and miss you forever

  7. Makenzie

    Every morning in the gym Mason would make jokes from when he got in there til we left and it made everyone’s mornings so much better.

  8. Emily Welch

    LONG LIVE MOOKIE ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  9. John DiCorte Jr.

    Me and Mason were best friends We rode on the bus together everyday and stayed walking distance away from each other. Throughout the summer we would go to each others house and just have the most fun. We would do things like throw banana peels at each other and we always made a mess. Mason and I went to the same school and i’m not sure that I would have thrived in school with out him. He taught me what being a real friend looks like. Mason and I would always listen to funny music on the bus. Mason is family to me and I would not be me without him. My prayers are with the Hardy family. I vow to represent Mason and Honor my best friend everyday of my life. He is my brother and I will always love him. Rest in Peace 🕊💙

  10. Ashlynn

    Mason I will forever have a place for you in my heart, you were the funniest, kindest and most caring person I know and I will always have you in my heart.

  11. Mackenzy

    Mason was always hilarious and such an amazing person…im going to miss waiting after lunch for him we would clean the cafeteria after lunch to “help” out but we were really just hanging out with friends and attempting to clean. He would always to the spray bottle and spray it all over me. Im going to miss him so much…im so sorry for your loss

  12. Caleb

    Rest in peace mason you were a great person to be around you put a smile on every ones faceand you will be missed

  13. Emma Moore

    I am so terribly sorry for the loss of mason he was such a good friend, he was kind and knew how to make someone laugh. He could brighten up anyone’s day and it was occasional to ever see him dull or sad. Me and mason shared lots of laughs and special little moments that I’m glad we made. He’s in a better place right now and I’m just glad he can be free❤️

  14. Mark Rose

    God bless you, Todd. I’m sorry for your loss.

  15. Lisa Franks

    Todd, I have no words that can take away the pain that you are experiencing. My heart hurts for you, Gaelen and the rest of your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  16. Ennis Green

    My favorite memory of me and mason was when he came up to me one day in the morning at school and asked me to teach him a little more about god and then that day at lunch I talked to him about god and how to share his name and what it means to be a Christian and how to go to heaven and stuff like that…this really meant a lot to me because I made a big impact on his life and he definitely made a big impact on mine… the feeling on his face when we were done with lunch was indescribable he looked so happy and thankful about our conversation. – Ennis Green

  17. Savannah Creech.

    I am praying for the whole family. ❤️

  18. Keaden

    I miss you man

  19. Kenneth and Connie Wooten

    We are so sorry for your loss.

  20. Danielle

    Fly High Baby you left a huge impact were going to miss you mason love your nextdoor neighbors in willow chase . Maggie, Dee and jniya ❤❤❤❤

  21. Cindy Harrelson

    You will forever be in my heart little Buddy. We sure will miss you but I have memories that will last a lifetime. Fly high buddy and keep on smiling.

  22. Libby Earp Westmoreland

    Todd, I am so sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine, my heart breaks for you and your family. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers during the difficult times ahead!

  23. Keaden Mcclain

    I’ll miss every time I saw you

  24. Daddy

    My little boy I love you more then you will ever know. I am heart broken and lost without my sidekick and best buddy. Rest in peace and enjoy heaven with Grandma and Grandpa.

  25. Diane and Joe Hiteshue

    I love that Mason called us Nana and Papa and that he included us in his life. We looked forward to seeing that grin. We are fortunate that he became a part of our lives.

  26. McKenna Hargis

    My best friend, my little Q-Tip. I’m going to miss you always & forever baby boy. Until next time. Keep showing me you’re here

  27. Mindy Hiteshue

    Sometimes you can just look at someone, or be around them once, and know that they are a good-hearted, kind person. I always felt that way about Mason. His easy-going spirit, his love for his family, his great sense of humor, his willingness to always help out–all of these traits and more are part of my memories of Mason, and always will be, along with that big, bright grin.

    Todd, Ellie, Hannah, Seth, and all of the family: I recognize there are no words for such a loss. I know how much Mason was loved, and I know how much he loved you all, and my heart is breaking for you.

  28. Rhiannon Rabon

    Mason, you were such a funny and special kid. I’ll help watch over McKenna down here. I hope you’re dancing and playing video games up there.

  29. Stacy

    Mason I know you are in Heaven smiling and laughing as always. You were so loved and will be missed so much! I’ll be watching the clouds to see your smile! Love you kid!

  30. Jay Wideman

    I can remember showing up to one of his games & spending time with him while in high school being friends with his big sister McKenna! They Shared a different type off bond that you could just knew could NEVER be undone. You will be missed.. rest easy Mason ❣️Prayers of comfort to family, friends & loved ones!

  31. Joyce Fowler

    Rest in peace little man

  32. Diane Smith

    My heart and prayers go out to you Gaelen and your whole family..he was so precious..and meant so much to so many people..sending love and prayers to all of you. My heart just broke when I heard this news..I love you all so much

  33. Ellie Hardy

    I love you Mooks. Your sissy will miss you so much. Grandma and Papa are so lucky to have you. I can’t wait to see you again.

  34. Mollie Hiteshue Carite

    Mason was a part of my family. I loved that he wanted to be a part of ours. Staying weekends with us and joining in activities with us was the “norm”and grieve for not having more Mason in our lives. He will be forever in our thoughts . Mason is in our hearts always ❤. We will do our part in keeping his memory alive.

  35. Johnette Hargis

    Mason, you were family from the moment I met you. You were so much fun and I will always remember that smile, the dribble and how great an Uncle you were to Cam! I love you little man!

  36. Carolyn Long

    I loved Mookie! He was so sweet and so kind. My heart goes out to you. Sometimes we don’t understand why things happen but you know God is in control. Mookie is with him and walking the streets of gold. Just know I care a lot .

    My Sincere Condolences

  37. neil barbalato


    You had a great smile and even better hair. Enjoyed seeing you on the school campus.
    Rest in Peace.

  38. Edie Boan

    McKenna, Troy and family – Chuck and I want you to know to know that we are praying for you all on such a sad loss of this young man. I hope God will ease your pain and that you will find comfort in all the wonderful memories you have of him. Good bless his soul.

  39. Emily Mautner Sullivan

    I can’t even imagine your pain. Mason looks like such a great kid with that adorable smile and fabulous hair. No words can heal you right now, just know I wish it wasn’t such a painful reality for you. Sending much love and light to all who knew and loved this precious young man. RIP Mason.

  40. Hannah Hardy

    Miss you so much mason, you’ll be with us always.

  41. Alex Esteves

    Mason bro, I love you so much. Keep it warm for me up there because as soon as I see you again you already know how much fun it’s gonna be. You’ve made a huge difference in my life in so many positive ways. I’ll never forget about all of the sleepovers we had and how much we lived it up. You will forever be in my heart and I will never forget how much of an impact you made on so many peoples lives on just this short time on earth. I love you forever bro, have fun up there, I’ll see you soon. THUNDER BUDDIES FOR LIFE❤️ PS : I’ll never be better than you at WarZone – Alex

  42. vickie lanier

    My heart breaks for your entire family. Please know my prayers are with you. What an incredibly funny guy!! Much love to both of you gaelen and todd and to masons brothers and sisters. Great hair guy will be missed.

  43. Halea Solano

    To my darling friend Gaelan, my heart simply aches for you. I cannot imagine the pain that you feel. By know that you will always have the memories of your handsome son. Of all the quirky things you did together. Of his smile. Of his laugh. As hard as it may be, know that God is in control and your baby boy is in a place much better than this one waiting for you and his family to join him one day. We never know when our time will come or when that of a loved one will and that’s what make the loss the hardest. No parent should have to bury a child but know you are already strong and you have people around you to make you strong when you feel weak. Lean on God and on faith and in your friends. Love your sweet soul so much. Fly high and rest in paradise sweet boy Mookie.

  44. Poole's Plumbing, Inc./Joy Young

    Seth, please know that our hearts break for you and your family. If your brother is anything like you, we know he had the happiest of smiles and always willing to help out. Our warmest thoughts and prayers go out to you all. May you find peace and comfort during this difficult time.

    Your work family @ Poole’s Plumbing, Inc

  45. Teresa Ellis

    As a parent, a grandparent, and an employee at FVMS, my heart is deeply saddened and broken for the loss of Mason and I mourn together with his family and friends. It makes my heart happy to read about the wonderful influence he had on so many and that one day he talked to Ennis about God. It sounds like Mason came to know God and for that I am extremely thankful!! See you and your smile again, one day, Mason.

  46. George Bolender

    Mason my “big hair” man, you’ll be sorely missed. I was looking forward to great things from you in high school and beyond, but will have to be satisfied with having been able to see you everyday in school. Your smile, carefree spirit and love of life will stay with me and all of us forever!!
    Hang Ten wherever you are,
    Mr B

  47. George Bolender

    Mason, my “big hair” man you’ll be sorely missed! Your smile, love of life and chillaxness will be my lasting memories of you!
    Hang ten, wherever you are,
    Mr B

  48. Mia Jo

    Oh Mason, heaven gained a dancing comedian angel for sure! Gone to soon little man, show them how it’s done and dance your heart out and keep them laughing! Everyone here will be okay with time, the memories they all have will keep them going and we all will meet again some day. Just watching all the videos and seeing the pictures there’s no doubt your goal was to make everyone smile, laugh and dance! Seeing you use the pickle jar like a phone made me laugh, I’ll never look at a pickle jar the same again! Mason rear in peace cousin! We all meet again someday. Love you, cousin Mia Jo

  49. Andrea Padgett

    Mason you were a helper and a friend to many. Thank you for taking the time to chat with me every day in PE. I will hold on to each of our conversations forever. You will be missed dearly. Prayers for your family.
    Ms. P

  50. jean spivey

    Gaelen, you have been on my mind and in my heart. God Bless you my friend.

  51. Chancy Meade

    Mason, I never knew it would be like this. You were such a good friend and person to this world. When I first came to this school from California, you were always so fun in math and family and consumer science. We made so many good times during the time we knew. You never deserved this and never will.
    ~Your good friend

  52. Daddy

    My little Mason my heart is broken and I am lost without you. I pray to you everyday while sitting on your bed. Please comfort us our little guardian angle. Life will never be the same. I love you son.

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