Bobby West Hardison

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Bobby West "Coach" Hardison was born June 3, 1930. He passed peacefully on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014.

Bobby graduated in 1948 from Marshall County High School, where he was an outstanding athlete. He attended Cumberland University for one semester and when football was discontinued he matriculated to Middle Tennessee State University where he lettered in football, wrestling, and baseball, graduating in 1952. He was drafted by the Army in 1952 and served until 1954. He then returned to MTSU and obtained his master's degree in 1955. He married Anne Ledford on July 4, 1953, and said there were always fireworks on their anniversary.

Bobby coached hundreds of young men both in Savannah, Ga. and in Franklin, Tenn. He coached football, baseball, track and field and began the first wrestling program in 1965 at Franklin High. He was inducted into the FHS Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. He also served as principal at Northside Junior High, now Brentwood Middle, for nearly 20 years. Bobby loved his faculty, his players, his students, his church family and his physical family greatly. He was a faithful member of the Church of Christ, serving as both a deacon and elder at Fourth Avenue Church of Christ and was a faithful member at Berry's Chapel the last 12 years of his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilma and Cecil Hardison of Lewisburg, and brothers, Edward and Neil Hardison.

Bobby is survived by his wife of 61 years, Anne Ledford Hardison. Also surviving are his two daughters, Kimberly (Guil) Ezell of Franklin and Kai Hardison of Louisville, Ky.; his grandson, J.D. (Meg) Eddins and great-granddaughters, Gabie, Lexie and Lucie; stepgrandsons, Isaac (Carolyn) Ezell and Joseph Ezell; and stepgreat-grandchildren, Sage and Glory. Bobby is also survived by a sister, Christine Gipson of Lewisburg, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Fourth Avenue Church of Christ, J.D. Eddins officiating. Burial followed at Bryant Cemetery in Lewisburg. Active pallbearers were Isaac Ezell, Joseph Ezell, Steve Pantall, John McCord, Nick Waggner ,and Dudley Davis.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Fund or Berry's Chapel Church of Christ Missions Fund.

Williamson Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Services.