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Obituary: John Albert Hardaway

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John Albert Hardaway

John Albert Hardaway

John Albert Hardaway, 60, passed away on Sept. 2, 2019. 

Mr. Hardaway was born on June 18, 1959, in Jeffersonville, Indiana to Joshua Lawrence (Larry) Hardaway and Norma Jean Hardaway. 

He graduated in 1977 from Jeffersonville High School, spending most of his time on the court or on the field as a very competitive and gifted athlete. On a football scholarship, he attended Texas Lutheran College in Seguin, Texas for a short time, later transferring to the University of Evansville (UE), Indiana where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business and finished his college football career. 

Thank God John had enough sense and good judgment to marry his wonderful and loving wife, Wendy (House) Hardaway, while enrolled in the UE School of Nursing. 

Upon graduation, John joined Brown-Forman for a long and fruitful 37 year career, earning numerous awards in many different sales and marketing roles. During this time, John and his wife lived in many places such as Denver, Gulfport, Knoxville, Jackson, Birmingham and Brentwood.  

He retired and decided to live his later years in Brentwood. 

John was gracious and generous with his time and energy. He was a passionate mentor in his professional, personal and family life. This may have been best demonstrated by volunteering as a track and field coach at Ravenwood High School for almost 20 years. He took great pride in coaching/mentoring young student-athletes, and many of his jumpers went on to have successful and rewarding college careers. 

John also served as president of Songs for Sound, a cochlear implant awareness charity that worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life for the profoundly hearing impaired. He enjoyed being outdoors while gardening, hunting, fishing for Specks with the Coastals, tossing corn hole on the beach or simply enjoying his favorite bourbon with his closest friends. 

He was most proud of his family, a loving and caring wife and his two children, Tyler and Anna. In his last few years, John was in the house-building business with his son. Anna was always the bright light on his soul. John felt truly blessed to have experienced so many dear, lifelong friendships along the way.

He will be remembered as a kind and gentle person of keen intellect, quick wit and loved to pull a good practical joke, a man committed to helping others, especially younger people.

There will be a time of visitation at the FiftyForward Martin Center, 960 Heritage Way in Brentwood, on Friday, Sept. 6 from 4-7 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 5 p.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Songs for Sound, John Hardaway Fund, 8161 Hwy 100, Suite 225, Nashville, Tennessee 37221, or

An online guestbook is available at (615)377-0775.