Memorial Service for Grady Jackson

We were devastated to learn of the passing of Grady Jackson, class of 2020 alumnus, in a tragic workplace accident. On Friday, November 13, at 5:00 pm, Harding Academy will host a memorial service and funeral in his honor. We will host this outdoor event in our stadium, and we welcome Grady’s teachers and friends to attend.

Because of the global pandemic, we have had to implement several protocols to ensure this is a safe event for all attendees. If you are uncomfortable or unable to attend, we will livestream the event at this link. A slideshow of pictures and memories of Grady will also be made available by the funeral home.

If you plan to attend in person, please read the following guidelines carefully so that we can ensure the safety of all attendees.

  1. You may arrive at the stadium 4:00–5:00 p.m. As you enter, you will have your temperature taken and answer some COVID screening questions.

  2. As you enter, you may choose to pass by the open casket to pay your respects before heading to your seat.

  3. There will be no receiving line of family before or after the event. However, you are encouraged to bring a card or note expressing your sympathy or sharing your favorite memory of Grady. As you arrive, deposit your note in one of the baskets by the programs. They will be given to the family at the conclusion of the event.

  4. All current and former football players are encouraged to wear their jerseys. For former players, jerseys will be available by the high jump pit and can be returned to a basket following the service.

  5. Seating is first-come, first-served in the home bleachers, visitor bleachers, or on the hill around the stadium. You are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. In the bleachers, seating is marked. On the grass, please maintain a minimum social distance of six feet between families. The family will be seated on the track, but all others need to sit off of the track area as it will be used throughout the service.

  6. Masks must be worn at all times.

  7. We will have some restroom facilities open and available as well as some hand sanitizer stations available for your convenience.

  8. At the conclusion of the service, please leave the campus promptly, avoiding lingering or grouping for conversation.

  9. If you are interested, you may attend the graveside burial on Saturday, November 14, at 10:00 a.m. The graveside service and burial will be at Memphis Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens, 3700 N. Germantown Parkway, 38133.

We deeply mourn the loss of a dear member of the Harding family and thank you for understanding these important protocols so that we can mourn together safely. We rest in the promise of Psalm 34:18, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”