J. Scott Hardy

August 5, 1948 ~ May 21, 2019

Born in: Columbus, MS
Resided in: Johnson City, TN

J. Scott Hardy, 70, Johnson City, passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2019, as a result of complications related to diabetes. He was the oldest son of Helen and the late James Hardy, of Columbus, Mississippi.

Scott was a transplant to East Tennessee from Mississippi. Education was in Jackson, attending Murrah High and Millsaps College, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. Following an interest in science and medicine, Scott started an internship with the Semmes-Murphy Neurosurgical Clinic in Memphis, where he met Dr. Robert Hines. They subsequently left on an “adventure” to Johnson City, TN in 1975 that lasted over 40 years.

This move was in the pioneering days of neurosurgery, where the diagnostic tools were somewhat primitive; meaning, no computerized tomography (CAT scans). Appalachian Neurosurgical Clinic was formed with Dr. Horace Cupp and Tom Truman PA-C, and later Dr. Steve Hamel and Dr. Scott Dulebohn. The wonderful stories from this adventure are legendary and numerous. Scott retired in 2013 from clinical practice.

Scott attended the Wake Forest University School of Physician Assistant studies from 1984-1986 and became one of the first Certified Physician Assistants in the East Tennessee area. He practiced Neurosurgery first at Memorial Hospital and then later at Johnson City Medical Center.

Scott had an interest in all things technical and created Light Impressions to provide staging and theatrical lighting for churches, theatrical productions and dance companies. He is so grateful to many talented directors and creative collaborators over the years for sharing their visions. Scott retired from this avocation in 2016. Most folks are unaware that Scott had serious musical training form grade 2 through his Junior year in college in both piano and church organ. All the years growing up, Scott used his talents playing for his church, accompanying choirs and playing for weddings, funerals and revivals.

In addition to his mother, surviving family include: sister, Kay (Rob) Walker, of Decatur, AL; brother, Kirk (Vicki) Hardy, of Columbus, MS; Julia (Tyler) Slack, of Knoxville, TN; Sarah Walker, Charlotte, NC; David, Natalie, and William Hardy, of Columbus, MS; Jon Tyler, Walker, and Mary Helen Slack, of Knoxville, TN.; and many incredible friends that Scott made over the years, he was so grateful to each person for their special contributions to his life.

It was clear that Scott was a contributor of his time and resources to things that mattered and would encourage his friends to continue this tradition in his memory. Suggested charities for memorial contributions include: Doe River Gorge Ministries, 220 Doe River Gorge Rd., Hampton, TN 37658; Niswonger Children’s Hospital, 400 N. State of Franklin Rd., Johnson City, TN 37604; SD Lee Foundation, 317 7th St. N., Columbus, MS 39701; or your local PBS television station, 1611 E. Magnolia Ave., Knoxville, TN 37917.

A visitation will be held from 1 PM until 3 PM Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Morris-Baker Funeral Home. Scott’s cremated remains will be buried in a family plot in Friendship Cemetery in Columbus, MS at a later date.


Visitation: May 25, 2019 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Morris-Baker Funeral Home & Cremation Services
2001 E Oakland Ave
Johnson City, TN 37601

(423) 282-1521

Room: Maple

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Memories Timeline


  1. Melanie (Wiseman) Boaz says:

    Melanie Boaz, formerly Mel Wiseman

  2. Melanie (Wiseman) Boaz says:

    I met Scott when we were all so young in1978 when I went to work in ICU at the old JC Memorial
    hospital. One of my earliest memories there was standing across the bed from Scott with Dr.
    Hines at the foot of the bed. This was the beginning of my “adventure” with Scottie and the neurosurgeons. He was a teacher, helper, and friend to me. My adventure ended in 2004 when I moved away and I missed all of them and still do. He was part of those events ( both good and bad) at the medical center that forever changed so many of us. God speed Scottie.

  3. Joe & Ruby Wiseman says:

    A client, a friend who will be missed greatly. He always had a ready smile, a hug and an encour
    aging word. So many memories of working with you at night in ICY. Scott we’ll meet again..

  4. Karen Hall Dykes says:

    Met Scott when I went to work at JC Med Center. He, Dr Cupp and Dr Hines were quite a team. Learned soo much working with them in SICU 1982 to 1992. Took out wedding pictures! Loved this guy!

  5. Donna ledbetter says:

    I will always have a special place in my heart for Scott. He was a compassionate listener, caring teacher and wonderful friend.

  6. John Edwards says:

    without a doubt one of the finest people i have ever met. kind , compassionate, filled with incredible stories. will be sorely missed.

  7. Mathew Kyker says:

    Scott was an unwaveringly selfless man who devoted himself to making the world around him a better, brighter place. He changed my life. He taugh me to believe in myself, to be curious, passionate, and determined. He led an exemplary life. Scott loved and cherished his family and his friends in all the ways you wish you could be loved and cherished. I will miss his generosity, his lessons, his kindness, his laugh. Thank you for your life, your gift.


    Your Godson

  8. Lois Taylor says:

    I had the honor of working with Scott from 1982-1985 on 5200 later 2300 at JCMC.I remember when Scott got his PA degree. Scott was a wonderful teacher to us nurses and anyone he was around. He was really a great box car on the Brain train at JCMC. People who work on the neuro floor know about the Brain train. He will be miss.

  9. Vicke and Dana Grist says:

    The light of God,s love shined brightly on all who were blessed by knowing Scott.He was one of the most caring,compassionate,encouraging persons we have ever known. He had the kindest smile and warmest hugs that came from a loving heart. He loved his family and always looked forward to his visits with his mother.He enriched the lives of so many people. We will always miss him and will always cherish the memories of our dear friend.
    we will be praying for each memnber of his dear family.
    Dana,Vickie and Kathryn Grist

  10. Elizabeth Mason says:

    I knew Scott when I was the Child Life Specialist at JCMC from 1992 – 2001. He was everything that has been stated in the other comments. It was an honor and privilege to have known such a stellar professional and human being. We need more Scott Hardys in this world. May he rest in peace. Blessings to his loved ones.

  11. Kim Holley says:

    If there was ever someone that I considered a part of my family it is Scott Hardy. Scott was there for me when I needed him most. If one of my children was sick or needed surgery he was always the one I turned too. We started out many years ago with me being his financial advisor but quickly become lifelong friends. I considered him the closest thing to a big brother that I could ever have. My heart is broken but know I will see him again one. Love you dear and precious friend.

  12. Bo Bowman says:

    I met Scott in the early 90’s and worked with him at Light Impressions for more than 4 years. He was a character to say the least. He always told you the truth whether you wanted to hear it or not. He helped many people and organizations throughout his life, career and passion for lighting. It was a pleasure to call him a friend.

  13. Judith Woodruff says:

    Scott was a great friend to me as director of Mountain Movers Dance Company. At a time when we were producing our concerts out in the community he made us look great with his lighting expertise. He had a great eye for lighting dancers – not typical of all lighting technicians. It has been more than 10 years since I left Johnson City but Scott has remained in my heart. To his nearest and dearest, my sympathies on his passing.

  14. TERESA Bellar says:

    We had not know you long, this neighbor will certainly miss you, thanks for all the fun talks and receipts you shared with me. May you RIP!
    Daniel&Teresa Bellar.

  15. Thomas Truman says:

    Scott was a great PA and friend. I had the good fortune to work with him for 30 years. He touched many lives. He will of course be missed.

  16. JANICE M WALKER says:

    My husband and I were blessed to become friends with Scott and Dr. Hines when Dr. Hines first opened his practice here, in Johnson City. I was a patient of theirs, having some tests. Then later my husband, Beryl, was their patient, so it seems we have known him all of our lives. Dr. Hines followed my husband for many many years, and actually came to the hospital to see me when I was a patient there, We were doing some remodeling at our home,and were looking at samples for panelling. I was so thrilled when they both picked the same panelling we had picked and we loved him like a brother. He came to my Retirement Party at the Carnegie, in December,2012, and I was so happy to see him. After that time, we saw him quite often. He was truly a wonderful young gentleman, full of laughter and joy, and I will certainly miss him so much. Thanks, Scott! RIP, my friend.

  17. Trish Kyte says:

    Many of us have the pleasure of working with Scott Hardy for many years. I was one of them. Scott taught me so much about neurosurgery. Those of us that worked with him for like a family. Scott always have the best stories. He touched so many lives, and he will be missed!

  18. Patricia Kyte says:

    I worked with Scott Hardy for many years. He taught me a lot about neurosurgery, he had great recipes, but mostly he had the best stories! He Had a great smile and a big bear hug if he hadn’t seen you in a while! A big bear hug to you Scott! You will be missed!

  19. Laura Cupp Oliva says:

    I am fortunate to have met Scott Hardy at the beginning of his East Tennessee journey when he began working with my Father. Scott was so much more than a friend, he was a mentor, a confidant, a shoulder to cry on. He encouraged my music, spending hours practicing a duet with me for my piano recital. He helped inspire my love of cooking with his own culinary passion from the simple to the most elaborate dishes. He surprised me on my sixteenth birthday by preparing a Grand Marnier chocolate cake straight off the cover of a culinary magazine. He taught me the finer points of driving a straight shift. I learned to water ski behind his boat on Watauga Lake and with his encouragement and patience even learned to slalom. Scott helped me set up my first apartment at college and was there for my graduation as well. After I married and moved away we were not in touch as frequently. When we would reconnect he would say it was as if it was yesterday that we were together. Scott’s door and heart were always open and his support was selfless. I can not be there today to pay my respects in person but the world is forever a brighter place because of him. Scott Hardy you are family! My heart is broken and I will miss you terribly but you will live forever in my soul, what a planet!

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