John Hayden Countryman, age 22, left this worldly life for eternal peace on September 22, 2012. He is survived by his parents, Cline and Cindy Countryman; two loving brothers, Tyler and Jordan; Grandparents, Jean Countryman, Johnny Mack and Gloria Jennings; as well as many loving aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his Grandfather, Gary Countryman.
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While on this earth a short time, he lived his life to the fullest. He did nothing below 100% effort which lead to great accomplishments with his beloved sport of wrestling. Through life's struggles, he was a deeply spiritual young man. He never wavered in his faith and trusted in God's plan no matter what. He shared his faith, especially with the young men he coached, and worked every day to improve both on and off the mat.
John Hayden took copious notes and kept journals for years chronicling his life; his failures as well as his successes. Among the things recently listed, were "Help one person find God in their life" and "anonymously change someone's life." Even though he "fought" to win every wrestling match, he never gloated over his God given talents to his opponents.
Hayden made Alabama wrestling history while at Prattville Junior High and Prattville High School. He was the first and only wrestler to be a five time 6-A state wrestling champion in the same weight class. A feat unheard of from 8th to 12th grade. He was the most decorated athlete in Prattville High School history. He was the founder of the Central Alabama wrestling Club and devoted many volunteer hours of service to youth and high school wrestling.
The path of joy runs straight through the heart of pain and suffering. Faith carries with it movement from what we know to what we long for. From suffering to joy, from earth to heaven. John Hayden loved his friends and family dearly and will be missed by many.
Pallbearers will be Brian Egan, Tommy Stovall, Justin Killough and Jordan Killough. Honorary pallbearers will be his brothers and best friends Tyler and Jordan Countryman, Rodney and Colby Cox, Caden McWhirter, and Trent Miller.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 from First Baptist Church of Prattville with Dr. Travis Coleman officiating. Burial will follow in Prattville Memory Gardens, with Prattville Memorial Chapel directing. The family will receive friends at First Baptist one-hour prior to his service. Flowers are appreciated, or memorials may be sent to the Prattville Take Down Club c/o Hayden Countryman, 1222 Upper Kingston Rd., Prattville, AL 36067.
To send an online condolence, please visit www.prattvillememorial.com
Published in the Montgomery Advertiser from Sept. 24 to Sept. 25, 2012