MARTIN, HARDISON GEORGE SR.,
79, of Louisville, KY went to be with his Lord peacefully on May 1,2016. He was born on July 17, 1936, in Louisville, KY and resided in Jeffersontown,KY. Hardy loved the Lord and loved his family and was always smiling and never knew a stranger. With a positive attitude Hardy was a friend to all and was motivated by helping others. Hardy loved and lived life to the fullest until his Lord took him home.
Many of Hardy’s accomplishments included Eagle Scout Award, 1952; Raced for the Ford Team; Attended and played football at University of Kentucky; Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1955; Past guitar player for the following Bands: Black Mountain Boys, Carnations & Trendells; Performed two years on the Dick Clark Tour; Formed SAMBO (Sanders Allen Martin Booking Agency); Formed Allen-Martin Recording Studio & Productions Company; Co-founder of Triangle Talent, Jefferson Audio & Video Systems and Lewellyn Martin, Inc; Founded numerous record labels including Tilt and Jam Records; American Federation of Musicians Member; Co-Founder/President IED (Innovative Electronic Designs); Co-invented and patented programmable Low Impedance Digital Attenuator 1982; Co-invented and patented Multiple Input Audio Program System 1982; Ran audio & video for the Kentucky Colonels basketball games; Co-invented and patented Sound Mixer Devices 1983; Invented and patented Balance Amplifier Device 1986; Accomplished Pilot; Active Church Member at Beargrass Christian Church for over 30 years; Participated in the Big Brother Big Sister Program; Avid Senior Softball Player for the Louisville Thunder; A Member of the K-Club at University of Kentucky; Inducted into the Southern High School Hall of Fame in 2010 (member of the Class ’54).
Preceded in death by his parents, Oliver Hardison & Dorothy Martin; daughters, Sarah Martin and Betty Jo Davidson; sons, Hardison George “Pewee” Martin Jr., and Robert Wayne Martin; and Son-in-Law, Jeff Davidson.
He leaves behind a loving wife of 43 years, Wanda Martin; brother, Charles Martin (Susie); daughter, Kim Martin Braun; sons, Kevin (Maria) and David Martin (Lisa); grandchildren, Jesse Davidson (Renee), Jennifer Martin Wilson (Kevin), Michael Braun (Larissa), and Josh Braun (Macee)and Amber Denman; great-grandchildren, Jordyn, Kayleigh, Brady, Tyla, Bradley, Jaxon, Tessa, Colin, and Nolan; a nephew and many nieces.
Visitation will be Wednesday at Beargrass Christian Church, 4100 Shelbyville Rd, from 12:00pm-8:00pm and Thursday from 10:00am until 1:00pm. Funeral service will also take place at Beargrass Christian Church on Thursday at 1:00pm. Entombment will be at Evergreen
In lieu of the customary forms of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made in Hardy’s name to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. (In memory of his daughter, Betty Jo Davidson.) All floral deliveries need to be directed to Beargrass Christian Church.