OBITUARY: Wayne B. Hardison

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Wayne Burton Hardison, age 92, a resident of Columbia, TN died at Life Care Center of Columbia on August 26, 2021.

The funeral service will be graveside for immediate family, with Oakes and Nichols assistance. Jeremy Butt and Mike Greene will officiate. The family will visit with friends at North View church of Christ on Nashville Highway from 3 to 5 pm on Saturday, August 28. The family is requesting respectfully that masks be worn. Condolences may be extended online at www.oakesandnichols.com.

Pallbearers will be Jonathan, Matthew, Benjamin and Steve Hardison, Tom and Dan Royse, Bill Cooper, and Mark McMeen. Honorary pallbearers will be elders and deacons (past and present) of the North View church of Christ; Dennis Stephen, Carl May, Hal Holcomb, Lanny Simpson, and Mike Kessler.

Wayne was a native of the Carter’s Creek Community. He was the son of the late Wayne Thomas Hardison and the late Pauline Simpson Hardison.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Lois Anne Hardison Cooper in 1999; and his brother, Dr. James Ralph Hardison in 2002.

Wayne was a deacon of the North View church of Christ since 1962 and served on the finance, mission, and building & grounds committees. He taught a children’s Bible drill class for more than 35 years and has taught adult Bible classes for many years. He assisted in the design and construction of the church building for the North View church of Christ in 1992 – 1993. He served on the Board of Directors for Columbia Academy from 1981 to 1999.

He retired from the DuPont Sponge Plant in December 1981 and from the Spontex Sponge Plant in March 1991. He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Co-op) degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1953 and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Machine Design) degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1955. He was a registered professional engineer in the state of Tennessee. He was a lifetime member of SIGMA XI, The Scientific Research Society.

The family requests that instead of flowers that memorials be made to the Higginbotham-Hardison Endowment Fund at Columbia Academy or to the Mission Endowment Fund at North View church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, Eva Higginbotham; a son, Wayne Charles (Pat) Hardison of Wilmore, KY; a son, Dr. James David (Sandra) Hardison of Nashville, TN; a son, Kenneth Lee (Karla) Hardison of Columbia, TN; eight grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; a sister by marriage, Elinor Norris Hardison and a brother by marriage, Dr. Thomas Merlin Cooper; extended family and members of the 26th Society.

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