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Coach James A. Hardy
  • 86 years old
  • Date of birth: Aug 15, 1926
  • Date of passing: Nov 20, 2012
Let the memory of Coach Hardy be with us forever

Coach James A. Hardy of Lanett, AL expired Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at Lanier Health Services, Valley, AL.

Funeral Service

Saturday, November 24, 2012   1:00 PM, ET

Mt. Hermon Baptist Church Family Life Center

1601 Magnolia Road    Lanett, Alabama 36863 

The family will received friends on Friday, November 23, 2012 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the St. John Baptist Church.

The remains will lie in state at the church on Saturday, November 24, 2012 from 11:00 am until the funeral hour.

In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to the Lanett Athletic Booster Club in memory of Coach Hardy.

Interment:  Hillcrest Cemetery  Country Club Road, Lanett, AL

Professional services provided by M W Lee Mortuary Inc. in West Point GA.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Linda Beckum on 22nd November 2015

"It doesn't seem that he's been gone three years. We'll never fully realize the  many lives Coach Hardy influenced.  He was a perfect example of what a man should be. We'll never forget you,  Coach Hardy"

This tribute was added by Julia Brooks-Walker on 15th August 2013

"Happy Birthday Coach....miss and love you much. Class of 82"

This tribute was added by Margie Roberts-Simmons on 18th March 2013

"Just as, Jeremiah 31:3 states, "I have loved you with an everlasting love." Coach Hardy & his family will never be forgotten. I will always remember him as a great  teacher &  good parishioner, when I was a member at St. John Baptist Church. I've always loved his wife,as a mother."

This tribute was added by Rachel Johnson on 18th December 2012

"It is evident that Coach Hardy touched so many lives. To his family and all those who knew him, I would like to offer my sympathy. Our family will continue to pray that you allow God to comfort you as you mourn. Remember God has promised that death will soon be gone and we will welcome our loved ones back by means of the resurrection. (Rev. 21:3, 4 & Acts 24:15) May you be comforted always"

This tribute was added by Freddie Billingslea on 30th November 2012

"I am very honored to have been coached and educated by such a great man as Coach Hardy. Today I believe that I stand a little taller, believe a little deeper, and try and treat people fairly because of the impact that this man had on my life and the lives of my brothers, sisters, and entire family.Rest in Peace,Sir. Freddie L.Billingslea, Class of 1965"

This tribute was added by Julia Brooks-Walker on 27th November 2012

"I remember seeing Coach Hardy after graduation and asking him if I could call him by his first name now that I was "grown".  He said sure you can.... I said what is your first name and he said "Coach"... Brooks you will never be that grown... laughed and walked off.  I still to this day remember what he told us in class... "No one (except God) is more important you than you are---"

This tribute was added by MARIE EVANS on 25th November 2012

"Coach Hardy played a very important part in the lives of so many of us at Lanier High School. His memory will forever live in our hearts for those things we learned from his teachings.. He was truly a role model that we went on to emulate the values he instilled. Thank you Coach Hardy for passing this way. Marie Huguley Evans Class of 1967"

This tribute was added by Linda Beckum on 24th November 2012

"My heart was saddened to learn of Coach Hardy's passing.  He was a shining example to  so many of our youth, and he will truly be missed.  
The world  is a better place because he passed through!"

This tribute was added by Mary Cameron on 24th November 2012

"Mrs. Hardy,
J. C. and I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of James A.  Please know that you and the family are in our thoughts and prayers. The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord; and he delighteth in his way. Psalms 37:23 (KJV)"

This tribute was added by Martha Shipman on 23rd November 2012

"Sorry to hear about the loss of Coach Hardy. You and your family have my deepest sympathy. Praying that God will sustain you and  be your comfort at this time. Psalms 30:5."

This tribute was added by Donald Sykes on 23rd November 2012

"Heroes in history seem to us poetic because they are there. But if we should tell the simple truth of some of our neighbors, it would sound like poetry. Curtis. If the students of Lanier High told the truth about Coach’s impact on our lives; it would translate as: caring, giving, helping. Mrs Hardy, Tony thanks for sharing “Coach” with us. From: LB, Jackie, Donald"

This tribute was added by Bridget Upshaw on 23rd November 2012


This tribute was added by Dean Daniel on 23rd November 2012

"RIP to one of the greatest Educators that I had the pleasure to know . He was a true friend , teacher , and Christian Brother . He was dearly loved by all that knew him and had the pleasure to be a student and friend of such a man . Coach you will be sorely missed and always remembered . I can surely say that I loved and respected this man !! You taught me so much !!"

This tribute was added by Lasheika Ward on 21st November 2012

"Coach Hardy was like a father to my husband and I. Over the years he has shared his knowledge of life and his love of God with us. To know him was to love him. He was a man that you could rely on and trust. We are truly blessed to have had such a person be a part of both our spiritual family and our adopted family( as he called us). He will truly be missed. R.I.P.- We love you- The Wards"

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