William Carey Hardy was born and reared in Oklahoma. He graduated from Pauls Valley High School in 1945, after which he served three years in the US Navy. Returning from the Navy, he attended the University of Oklahoma where he received a Masters Degree in Engineering. Hardy then was employed by Sun Oil Company in their research facility in Richardson, Texas. Hardy also served in Sun's Corporate Planning group and in their World Wide Engineering Projects. Hardy was with Sun Oil Co. for 35 years. Hardy also received a Masters Degree in Mathematics at SMU and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Dallas. Since 1986, Hardy has been a Consultant in the Oil and Gas Industry. He has performed engineering work in the US, Indonesia, Iraq, Canada and Brazil. Hardy has been married to Kellene (Johnson) Hardy for 53 years and they are the parents of four children and the grandparents of three grandchildren. Hardy descends from Valentine, Thomas, Jacob, Jeptha, Enoch, Robert, John Newton, William Jasper and Ruth.