John Hardaway - Austin Funeral & Cremation Services

John Hardaway

Born: June 18, 1959
Died: September 2, 2019
Current City: Brentwood, Tennessee

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“John was one of the good guys. Always a kind word of encouragement and support. Always upbeat even when he had plenty reasons to be down. Mr. positive and a great teammate. No matter what the project, you wanted John on your team. He will be missed.”

Mario Nelson
Posted by: Mario Nelson - Friend (Hainesport, NJ) on Sep 08, 2019

“I did not know John as well as I would have liked to, but I am so happy I got to know him again. He was an inspiration with his wit, humor and inner strength to continue on. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Craig Chrispell”

Craig Chispell
Posted by: Craig Chispell - Friend (Brazil, In) on Sep 08, 2019

“I remember when Tyler brought his dad to Taramore and introduced us. Tyler was so proud to show his dad the beautiful homes he built. I remember how proud John was of him. I remember his warmth, sweet soul and smile he had and of course you could just see how proud of Tyler hs was. I could tell how close they were. They were one of those lucky father/son relationships that every father and son pray for. I know he will be deeply missed. RIP John!! I'm so glad I got to meet you:) We will meet again. Lorraine”

Lorraine Mineo
Posted by: Lorraine Mineo - friend/coworker with is son (Brentwood, TN) on Sep 07, 2019

“We are all so sorry for the loss of John. We are thinking of your entire family!”

The Armstrong Family
Posted by: The Armstrong Family - Friend (Brentwood, Tennessee) on Sep 07, 2019

“Dear Hardaway Family, please accept my deepest condolences for you and your family during this difficult time. There are no words to express what an incredible man John will always be to those who knew him. John’s love of his family, friends , and community was felt deep and wide. I pray that you find peace and comfort during this difficult time. John will forever be apart of our heart and minds. Thank you for sharing this angel with us all. God bless Danielle Goodson”

Danielle Goodson
Posted by: Danielle Goodson - Colleague (Seattle, Washington) on Sep 07, 2019

“Dear Hardaway Family: my sincere condolences for your loss and all of ours. The hardest thing is losing someone so special. John was so respected and a true gentleman and business partner to many through the years. I know he will be greatly missed. I know the memories that you have will never fade. I wish you all well during this very difficult time.”

Neil Santorella
Posted by: Neil Santorella - colleague (Scituate, Massachusetts) on Sep 06, 2019

“John coached track with me at Ravenwood. As fellow "Purple Aces", we had an instant connection. I never remember John having a bad day. He was always in great spirits and could pick you up no matter how bad you felt. He will be greatly missed.”

Mike Woodward
Posted by: Mike Woodward - friend (Smyrna, Tennessee) on Sep 05, 2019

“I worked with John 37 years and there wasn't a person that I respected and wanted to be around more than John. Everyone loved John because he was fun and always positive. Wendy, I'm glad you liked the Raintree neighborhood and I wish we could have stayed neighbors for more than the 1 week. I will truly miss my good buddy. My prayers are with the Hardaway family.”

Wayne and Kim Putlak
Posted by: Wayne and Kim Putlak - Friend (Colleyville, Texas) on Sep 05, 2019

“Hardaway family, we all share your loss and our sincerest condolences at this sad time. John was a good friend, always willing to help me and others, fun and full of joy and life. I always enjoyed working with him when in TN and his participation always made the visits very productive and fun. He never hesitated to volunteer and lend a hand. I will miss him along with many of his other friends. Keeping all of you in our prayers and thoughts at this time.”

Gervasio Cubenas
Posted by: Gervasio Cubenas - (Duluth, GA) on Sep 05, 2019

“What a wonderful person! John’s positive attitude from old BU-13 onward was infectious. And, that enduring smile is one of the attributes that I will not forget. He was always quick to offer help and we all benefited from his kindness. Our deepest sympathy to Wendy and family.”

Marc Satterthwaite
Posted by: Marc Satterthwaite - Colleague (Amelia Island, Florida) on Sep 04, 2019

“Hardaway family, I was one of the lucky "jumpers" that got to learn from Coach for 4 years. His passion for coaching high jump led me to compete in the Great 8 all four years of high school and to state. Every time I pass Ravenwood High School I glance at the high jump mat and recall all of the track practices/meets, times Coach would meet with me on the weekend to practice, and that encouraging pat on the back. Coach Hardaway was the greatest coach and mentor, I truly valued everything he coached me through (on the track and in life). It was truly an honor to get to call him my coach.”

Angie Haynes
Posted by: Angie Haynes - My Coach (Brentwood, Tennessee) on Sep 04, 2019

“Dear Hardaway family. John was truly the nicest, kindest and sweetest man. I am so fortunate that our paths crossed. He always had a smile on his face. He will be sorely missed. I am keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.”

Christine Vogt
Posted by: Christine Vogt - Co-worker (Louisville, KY) on Sep 04, 2019

“Shocked to have learned of John’s passing. He always had a smile and a kind word for all. Prayers for you all Cheryl Nesbit”

cheryl nesbit
Posted by: cheryl nesbit - Friend (Franklin, Tn) on Sep 04, 2019

“Dear Hardaway family, Coach Hardaway coached our daughter, Kacey with triple jump. He encouraged her and helped to promote her love for this event. He was so sweet to spend his time coaching the high school kids. We will keep you all in our prayers.”

Suzanne Brown
Posted by: Suzanne Brown - Friend (Nolensville, TN) on Sep 04, 2019

“So sorry to hear he passed. Loved him dearly!”

Judy Raday
Posted by: Judy Raday - Aunt (Posen, Il) on Sep 04, 2019

“So sorry for your loss. Hugs to the family. I will keep you all in my prayers.”

Melanie Myers
Posted by: Melanie Myers - Cousin (Posen, Illinois) on Sep 04, 2019

“So sorry for your loss! John was a great person and will be greatly missed.”

Cindy keri
Posted by: Cindy keri - Cousin (Posen, Il) on Sep 04, 2019

“John was a tremendous man who will be missed, both by his family and by all others, who were fortunate to know him. May he rest in Peace. May God continue to bless his family, our prayers and thoughts are with them. Mike & Runell Cheek”

Michael Cheek
Posted by: Michael Cheek - Former Brown-Forman Colleague (Jacksonville, Florida) on Sep 04, 2019

“Dear Hardaway family, I want to express my sincerest condolences for your loss. John “Johnny” was one of the nicest young men I knew at Jeffersonville High School. Yes, he was a talented athlete, and always quick to smile. But, I mostly remember his sweet personality, and kind disposition. I have no doubt that he was a wonderful husband and father. I am so very, very sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and your entire family. Cheryl Thurman”

Cheryl Thurman
Posted by: Cheryl Thurman - High school friend/classmate (Louisville, KY) on Sep 04, 2019

“John - You accomplished so much in your short life and we all will share in the loss of your presence. In time, the teachings you have passed onto so many of us will be passed on to others whom you will never meet. They will carry on your legacy from your teachings. You were a gift.”

Bob Ryan
Posted by: Bob Ryan - Co-worker (Dallas, Texas) on Sep 04, 2019

“Dear Hardaway Family, I was so lucky to know John 19 years in the Nashville office. He was happy, kind, positive and one of the best people I've ever known. He was always ready for a smile and a chat. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.”

Michelle Laflin
Posted by: Michelle Laflin - Co-workder (Hendersonville, TN) on Sep 04, 2019

“To the Hardaway Family: I was lucky enough to know John and to work directly with him for three years. He was always such a genuinely nice person. I met him in person during a Manhattan Competition, and he could not have been a better ambassador for the brand, or a nicer gentleman. I am truly sorry to hear of the news of his passing. My prayers are with you during this time. - Katie Farley”

Katie Farley
Posted by: Katie Farley - Co-Worker @ BF (Louisville, KY) on Sep 04, 2019

“Dear Hardaway Family, I'm one those many folks at BF that John mentored over his career. His ability to connect with anyone, across generations, across geography and make them feel special and heard was something that I can only hope to achieve in my career. I consider him to be one of my all time most favorite people here and am so heartbroken that I won't get to see his smile again. There's not enough words to express what a hole John's absence will leave in this company's heart. Sending Love, Dallas”

Dallas Cheatham
Posted by: Dallas Cheatham - Friend/ Associate (Louisville, KY) on Sep 04, 2019

“Wendy, We are so sad and heartbroken. John was a man amongst men. We love you. Jay and Evelyn”

Jay and Evelyn
Posted by: Jay and Evelyn - Friends (Fort Myers, FL) on Sep 04, 2019

“Wendy- Jill and I are very sorry to hear about your loss. John was a good friend to so many and he will be missed greatly. Sincerely Jason McMurray”

Jason McMurray
Posted by: Jason McMurray - Friend and Colleague (Franklin, TN) on Sep 04, 2019

“Wendy, Our heart goes out to you and the family. John was always so upbeat and brought a smile with him wherever he went. He will be missed by all of his friends and colleagues here at B-F. Prayers for you all. Todd & Kim Kennedy”

Todd Kennedy
Posted by: Todd Kennedy - Colleague at B-F (Prospect, Kentucky) on Sep 04, 2019

“So sorry to hear about this! Condolences to Wendy, Anna and Tyler.”

Janet & Steve Bolstad
Posted by: Janet & Steve Bolstad - (Franklin, Tennessee) on Sep 04, 2019

“The entire Hardaway family is in my prayers. While we were colleagues for many years, we only had a chance to see each other a few times a year. But no matter the amount of time that went by, I always knew that when I'd see him he would have an enormous smile on his face. A smile that was so genuine that you couldn't help but smile too. He was always such a positive and kind person; truly a friend to all of his B-F colleagues.”

Maggie Peak
Posted by: Maggie Peak - colleague (louisville, Kentucky) on Sep 04, 2019

“I can't say enough to cast a glimpse at how incredible a human this man was. Had it not been for him, I would not be where I am today... and I know that that statement is true for so many others. Beyond the quality of friendship and mentorship he provided... his quality of character was amazing. Shocked and so deeply saddened that we lost such an all around Good Man. I fell in love with whiskey and bourbon and it changed the course of my life. Because John invested time and wisdom. So sorry for the loss his family is experiencing. So sad to know his absence will be felt by all.”

MistyBlu Stewart
Posted by: MistyBlu Stewart - Friend / associate (Nashville, TN) on Sep 04, 2019

“Hugs and blessings to you all.”

Michele Middleton
Posted by: Michele Middleton - Friend (Nashville, TN) on Sep 04, 2019

“Our prayers and thoughts are with the Hardaway family during these difficult times. The Bollinger Family”

Joe Bollinger
Posted by: Joe Bollinger - Friend & work colleague (Roswell, GA) on Sep 04, 2019

“Hardaway Family: I’m certain that I will just be one of thousands of people who have personal stories to share about John. I worked with him for over 10 years. He was someone who helped me immensely. One time I found myself in a real jam that I felt would have potentially damaging professional results if I made the wrong decision. John met with me multiple times to coach me on the best coarse of action. And he helped me to ultimately make the best decision possible. I was always grateful for how he took me under his wings and protected me. That’s just who he was. I also remember one of my last meetings with him I arrived a little early and I apologized for doing so. He replied with the following: “No need to apologize Brent. I’ll tell you what I tell my kids...Don’t meet me, beat me. If you arrive on time, you’re late!” I have used that line multiple times since. I have lost a great friend with the passing of John and I’m heartbroken. I pray for your family as you go through this difficult time. With deepest sympathy, Brent Hyams”

Brent Hyams
Posted by: Brent Hyams - Friend and client (Nashville, TN) on Sep 03, 2019

“To know John professionally was to know him personally, he cared that much. To know him personally meant he cared about your professional life because he was interested in you as a whole person. Infallibly caring, infallibly genuine, John was the most infectiously positive man I have ever met. I have cried for his loss, my wife has cried for his loss, my children have cried for his loss. In spite of the shock and the hurt, we will never forget you John! Your smile, your generosity, your laugh, your spirit will live in our hearts forever! Tyler, Anna, Wendy we love you!”

Matthew Grams
Posted by: Matthew Grams - Friend in business, family, life (Franklin, TN) on Sep 03, 2019

“Coach Hardaway was the reason I fell in love with high jump 15 years ago. He was a phenomenal coach. He coached with so much passion and enthusiasm. He was always smiling and always pushing you to do better, be better. Whenever things weren’t going the way I wanted he would step in and give me advice, give me his stern look, say “come on, Amanda you can do this,” and then leave me with a big smile and fist shake (which gave me more confidence than he ever knew). His passion for the sport was infectious and ultimately was the reason I fell in love with high jump so long ago. I owe a majority of my collage career to Coach Hardaway. Without that great man, I would have never discovered my true potential and passion for the sport. Off the field he was the same man. He was easy to talk to, always smiling, and had a passion for life that was too, infectious. He was a great father, husband, and coach. You will be missed dearly, Coach Hardaway. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Hardaway family. Thinking of you all and sending hugs ??”

Amanda Ignaut (McCoy)
Posted by: Amanda Ignaut (McCoy) - (, ) on Sep 03, 2019

“sorry for your loss doesn't cut it... Tyler im here for you if you need a friend to talk to that is going through the same thing. ill always remember John as a fun loving dad that was so patient with his kids ?”

jeff nebel
Posted by: jeff nebel - (, ) on Sep 03, 2019

“John you will be missed dearly and always in our hearts. My kids loved and adored you. You will always have a special place in our hearts. We’ll raise a glass of single barrel in your memory. Never Forgotten. Love Cyndi, Chris and Jordan”

Cyndi Lester
Posted by: Cyndi Lester - Cousin (Vacaville, Ca) on Sep 03, 2019

“I remember when John and Wendy met in college. They were true partners in life, both personally and professionally. My heart goes out to Wendy, Tyler, and Anna as they grieve the loss of John's physical presence in their lives. His spirit will remain with them forever and ever.”

Beverly Hudnut
Posted by: Beverly Hudnut - Friend (Chevy Chase, MD) on Sep 03, 2019

“Wendy, I'm very sorry for the loss of your life's love, John. He was always a positive and uplifting classmate at school and a pleasure to know. My deepest condolences. Your happy times with him and commitment will sustain you in your memories in the future. Rebecca Goforth”

Rebecca Goforth
Posted by: Rebecca Goforth - UE Classmate (Burlingame, CA) on Sep 03, 2019

“Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this time. My condolences to Wendy and family”

Darlene Roberts
Posted by: Darlene Roberts - Friend (Jasper, Alabama) on Sep 03, 2019

“Our deepest sympathy goes out to Wendy and the family. I will always remember his big smile and jokingly personality he gave off. You guys were one of the best part of our TN life. Heaven has gained an amazing angel. Love the Wagners”

Chris and Lyla Wagner
Posted by: Chris and Lyla Wagner - Friend (Chino, CALIFORNIA) on Sep 03, 2019

“Everything that was written in the obituary was so true. Such a kind, generous person. My heart breaks for Wendy, Ana and Tyler.”

Mary and Joe Barnes
Posted by: Mary and Joe Barnes - Friends (Brentwood, Tn) on Sep 03, 2019

“Great guy! Great husband! Great father!! Very contagious smiles! Will be missed greatly! God bless!”

Kaye McDonald
Posted by: Kaye McDonald - Friend (Clarksville, Indiana) on Sep 03, 2019

“So very sorry for the Hardaway family.”

Jamie Hampton
Posted by: Jamie Hampton - (, ) on Sep 03, 2019

“John & Wendy replaced us in Biloxi in 1983. Ironically, we were headed for Evansville where he went to college. We crossed paths and kept in touch many times over the decades since. He and Wendy carefully planned for a well earned retirement. Vickie & I are heartbroken that he won’t get to enjoy it.”

Jon & Vickie Hoin
Posted by: Jon & Vickie Hoin - Friend & Coworker (Landrum, SC) on Sep 03, 2019

“We are so sorry Wendy, you and your family are in our prayers.”

Paul and Kim Harris
Posted by: Paul and Kim Harris - (Hendersonville, North Carolina) on Sep 03, 2019

“Godspeed brother! You were a man among men and lived life to the fullest. I will miss you dearly Spartacus!”

Chris Sawyer
Posted by: Chris Sawyer - Buddy (New York, NY) on Sep 03, 2019

“To0 many to list in your family's years on Linwood drive. Our neighborhood is in shock and want you to know we are sending prayers your way. Loved playing basketball, checking out the bars making sure they were pushing Gentleman Jack, “on premise testing”, Pizza Hut 3 on 3 tournaments, many Halloween and Christmas parties. Going to miss you.”

Ernie Kennamer
Posted by: Ernie Kennamer - Friend (Hoover, Alabama) on Sep 03, 2019

“I miss you already. May the Lord be with you.”

Mark Mahoney
Posted by: Mark Mahoney - Friend (WALNUT CREEK, CALIFORNIA) on Sep 03, 2019

“I am so sorry to hear about the passing of John. I am so sorry that Wendy and his children have to deal with the loss of a man they so loved. My sincerest sympathy on the loss!! Love you!”

Claudia DeGraaf
Posted by: Claudia DeGraaf - Family (The Villages, FL) on Sep 03, 2019