James W. Hardwick
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Age 75, originally from Nashville, TN, passed away at home in Arlington, TX on May 24, 2014.
Jim was a graduate of Vanderbilt University Engineering School, earning a BS Degree, and later graduated with a LLB Degree from the Nashville School of Law while employed by First American National Bank Corporation (FANB) as a loan officer and ultimately Vice President. When the partnership of FANB and Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States decided to build a new 800,000 square foot, 28 story high-rise office building at the corner of Fourth Avenue North and Deaderick Street in downtown Nashville, Jim represented the partnership as Project Manager in the construction of the then-modern tower known for many years as First American Center. During his employment at FANB, he was an active member of the Nashville Junior Chamber of Commerce (NJCC), serving as its President for a term. He was named NJCC's "Man of the Year" in 1970. In his spare time, he served as Commissioner of the Knot Hole Baseball Junior Division and also coached a Little League softball team.
Soon after completion of the much heralded First American Center project, Equitable persuaded Jim to join their corporate team in Atlanta, GA, where he was Regional Real Estate Manager over their Southeast District. In addition to his multi-state real estate responsibilities, Jim also developed BNA Corporate Center, located adjacent to the Metropolitan Nashville International Airport. At the request of Equitable, he moved to New York City in 1980 as Vice President of their Property Development Group, where he developed numerous office buildings in major cities of the US.
After leaving Equitable to form TennSouth Corporation, a local Nashville real estate management and development firm, his accomplishments included development of the Financial Plaza Office Building, Northlake Village Shopping Center, Royal Oaks Office Building and Watson Glen; a mixed use commercial park.
Jim's highly successful real estate career subsequently led him to management positions at Insignia Commercial Group, Inc. in Los Angeles, CA., Federal Express Corporation in Memphis, TN and ultimately to CBRE, where he retired in 2012 as General Manager of Lincoln Plaza, a 1.2 million square foot, 45 story high-rise office building in Dallas,TX, while he and his wife resided nearby in Arlington,TX.
Throughout his storied career, Jim was known for his excellent business acumen, confidence, steadfast perseverance, leadership, mentoring abilities and most of all for the complete love and devotion to his family.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 47 years, Aileen, whom he first met while both attended Gower Elementary School; their daughter, Nicole (Bart) Jones; granddaughters, Anna and Lilly Jones; and brother, Pastor L.H. (Carol) Hardwick. From a previous marriage, Jim is survived by sons, Barry (Yvonne) Hardwick and Greg (Renee) Hardwick; grandchildren, Chris Hardwick, Andrew Hardwick, Cameron Hardwick, Kelsey Hardwick; and one great-grandchild.
Preceded in death by his father, L.H. Hardwick, Sr.; mother, Maria Hardwick; and sisters, Mary Wallace and Jane Young.
Visitation will be Thursday, May 29, 2014, from 3-7 p.m. at Woodbine Funeral Home, Hickory Chapel, 5852 Nolensville Road, and Friday from 10-11 a.m. at the church. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, May 30, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Church, 15354 Old Hickory Blvd. Interment Christ Church Memorial Gardens. Woodbine Funeral Home, Hickory Chapel Directors, (615) 331-1952. Still Family Owned.
5852 Nolensville Rd.
Nashville, TN 37211
Published in The Tennessean on May 29, 2014