Hardy "Jack" Lavender

Born on June 23, 1929

Departed on April 9, 2011 and resided in Nashville, TN

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LAVENDER, Hardy モJackヤ, age 81 of Nashville, April 9. 2011. He was a dedicated family man of modest means and great faith, converting to the Catholic faith after his marriage. Jack was a three sport star at Montgomery Bell Academy in the late 1940's. He was known for his association with amateur baseball on both the local and national level as an administrator and a coach. He was a member of the Nashville Old Timers Baseball Association and was awarded their high honor, the title of Mr. Baseball in 1991. He was the one and only administrator of Twitty City Baseball since its organization in 1981. He put his heart and soul into making their home field in Seven Oaks Park one of the finest in the area and was honored in 1996 by having the field dedicated in his name and it will forever be known as Jack Lavender Field. Over the years he worked with literally thousands of young men, impacting not only their baseball careers but their lives as well. He also founded the GNABA (Greater Nashville Amateur Baseball Association) in 1989 and served as its president. He retired from the Ford Glass plant after 33 years of service. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hardy W. Lavender, Sr. and Jessie Lee Gentry Lavender Harris; and daughter, Corrine Lavender. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary June Ayers Lavender; children, Hardy W. and Janice Lavender III, Tim and Sharon Lavender, Jeffrey Lavender, Donna Hudgens (David), and Pamela McDonald (Terry); sisters, Mary Jacquelyn Coke and Frances Harmon Binkley; 14 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren. Visitation with the family will be from 2-5:30 pm and 6:30-9:00 p.m. Monday, April 11 and 10:30 am-12 noon Tuesday, April 12 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. A Funeral Mass will follow the visitation on Tuesday at the church. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Twitty City Baseball Jack Lavender Fund at any Regions Bank. COLE & GARRETT FUNERAL HOME, Goodlettsville, 615-859-5231. www.coleandgarrett.com

8 Comments to Hardy "Jack" Lavender

  1. Michael Joy
    July 11, 2007 12:00 am

    I just recently learned of Jack’s passing. I was in Nashville for the U2 concert and drove by Twitty City baseball park. .something I routinely did when traveling north from Ga. Jack was a fellow member of the AABC baseball and in 1995 bought my first PORTA CAGE ever sold. He saw it exhibited in Orlando and wanted it immediately. Not only did he purchase one for TC baseball but he also bought one for Montgomery Bell Academy. I happily drove both up and installed them. I was pleased to see it still on the field at Twitty City even though it’s not been used in a while. I’ll never forget him for this. Such generosity.
    But generosity and a sense of humor were two of Jack’s greatest assets. I recall him chiding me for my misuse of the word “hat” versus “cap”. “It’s a baseball CAP. .not a HAT” he emphasized with that wry grin on his face. He was right of course. I’ve repeated this story often. Always crediting Jack for his wisdom.
    I always stopped by Twitty City on my trips north for conventions. And Jack was never too busy to say hello, catch up on his “Ga boys”. He knew everyone and just about everyone knew him. When I left a vacant field on July 2, I sensed that something wasn’t right. It was a Saturday. .normally a day kids would be playing baseball at TC. Unfortunately my instincts proved right.
    Although this sad day had to come, it still is hard to believe this great man’s smile and charm won’t greet those who play and visit his beloved park. But, we’ll know his presence is there. It will never leave. He WAS baseball in Nashville. To his family, you were so blessed with him in your life. I’m happy in a much smaller way to say he was my friend too. He made a difference in people’s lives. Certainly mine.

    What more can we want as humans on the earth. .than to be remembered for what we did and stood for. RIP ol’ friend. Baseball and family. You served both extremely well.

  2. Missy May Brogdon
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    I am so sad so hear of the passing of Mr. Lavender. He was a wonderful and caring person who was always there to help any who needed it. My daddy, Joe May, loved him dearly. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

  3. Dana Harris
    December 11, 2004 12:00 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lavender family at this difficult time. There are things that we don’t want to happen but have to accept, things we don’t want to know but have to learn, people we can’t live without but have to let go. I celebrate the life that has touched so many others. Mr. Jack Lavender was a good man. He guided and inspired thousands of people (young and old) throughout his life. They say everyone can be replaced – not so. Mr. Lavender was one of a kind. Baseball in Nashville will not be the same without him. He will be deeply missed. He was an inspiration to our family in more ways than can be expressed. God Bless You and watch over you in your time of need.

  4. Todd Welch
    December 11, 2004 12:00 am

    I was so sorry to hear of Mr.Lavender’s passing.He was always so nice and He will be greatly missed by the city of Nashville.He always had Seven Oaks park looking so nice for all baseball games.He was always a pleasure to see.Take care and God Bless.Todd Welch

  5. Shelly Bush Cleek
    November 11, 2004 12:00 am

    Dear Lavender Family:
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss of such a great family man. Jack was such a DEAR friend to my dad, Bob Bush. He loved Jack so much and Jack was such an important part of dad’s life and an inspiration to him for countless years. Dad and my mom, Bobbie, both thought so much of Jack and his family. It warms my heart to know that dad now has one of his best friends with him and they are together again. May God bless you and comfort each of you in your time of sorrow.
    With our love and deepest sympathy, Shelly Cleek (Bob Bush’s daughter), our mom Bobbie, Scotty, and Mike and our families.

  6. Carl Zech Family
    November 11, 2004 12:00 am

    Dear June and Family,
    We are so saddened to hear of Jack’s passing. After marrying into the Lavender family and being so far from my home in Nebraska the Lavenders always made me feel like I was part of their clan. This is something I will never forget. Jack was a dedicated family man and citizen of Nashville. He will be sorely missed. We lift your family in prayer.

  7. Brian Scott
    November 11, 2004 12:00 am

    Jack did more for youth baseball in the Nashville area than anyone!!! My son Worth played for Twitty City Heat for years. A great man who will be missed.

  8. Sarah Bush Smith
    October 11, 2004 12:00 am

    Condolences and sympathy to Jack’s family from old friend Bill Bush who is in the hospital and will be unable to attend services.

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