Memphis Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens

3700 North Germantown Parkway, Bartlett, TN


James E. Hayslip

July 3, 1934January 7, 2020

James E. Hayslip, 85, of Bartlett, Tennessee died Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 after a lengthy illness.

He entered Heaven to rejoin his wife of nearly 50 years, Nancy Sawtelle Hayslip, who passed away in 2006.

Mr. Hayslip leaves behind a multitude of family and friends across the nation. Among them, daughter Sharon Hayslip Veglio of Bartlett, and son, Steve Hayslip, of Franklin Tennessee along with son in law, Albert Veglio and daughter in law, Kathryn Blake Hayslip. He also leaves behind grandchildren Katie Veglio, Karrie Veglio Matthews (and spouse Brian Matthews), Andrew Hayslip, Elizabeth Hayslip, Paul Hayslip (and spouse Britney Sams Hayslip).

A lifelong Memphian, James Hayslip grew up in the Highland Heights neighborhood, attending Treadwell Elementary. He later transferred to Bartlett High School as a senior, where he met the love of his life, Nancy Sawtelle and asked her to prom, luring her with a bag of fried fish. It must have worked, they later married and never parted until her death almost 50 years later.

Upon graduation from (then) Memphis State University, Mr. Hayslip began his career teaching and coaching at Bartlett High, Millington High, and Havenview Elementary before serving in principalships at Lucy School, Egypt Elementary, Riverdale, Germantown Middle, and Collierville High School. Mr. Hayslip ended his SCS career as Athletic Director and Public Relations Director. Throughout his career, he received numerous awards including Shelby County Schools Administrator of the Year, Educator of the Year, and Collierville Educator of the Year. He was also named the TSSAA Athletic Administrator of the Year, as well as receiving The Commercial Appeal Best of the Preps Sportsmanship Award and being named to the Shelby County Hall of Fame.

Mr. Hayslip was a past President of several education associations, including the Shelby County Education Association and the Shelby County Principal’s Association. He was also a past Chairman of the Board for the Memphis Area Teacher’s Credit Union.

As a proud lifelong Tiger, Mr. Hayslip was inducted into the University of Memphis Athletic Hall of Fame, and also honored as the Outstanding Journalism Alumnus. He served as official scorekeeper for the Tiger basketball program for more than 50 years, retiring as the longest serving statistician in NCAA history. Mr. Hayslip was also recently inducted into the Memphis Amateur Athletics Sports Hall of Fame.

His love for antique cars was evident his entire life. Mr. Hayslip was a past President of the Memphis Old Time Car Club, the Mid-America Old Time Automobile Association, and the Mid-South Antique Automobile Club of America. He was affectionately known as ‘The Voice of MOTAA’ since, for decades, he announced the judging of the cars at MOTAA’s annual car show and swap meet.

We are thrilled to know ‘Paw’ is now cruising the pathways of paradise in an old red convertible, with the love of his life, Nancy by his side and a fresh bag of fried fish between them!

A Celebration of Life Service is planned for Monday, January 13th at 11am at Bartlett Baptist Church, with burial to follow.


  • Nancy Sawtelle Hayslip, Wife (deceased)
  • Sharon Hayslip Veglio, Daughter
  • Steve Hayslip, Son
  • Albert Veglio, Son-in-law
  • Kathryn Blake Hayslip, Daugher-in-law
  • Katie Veglio, Grandchild
  • Karrie Veglio Matthews (Brian), Grandchild
  • Andrew Hayslip, Grandchild
  • Elizabeth Hayslip, Grandchild
  • Paul Hayslip (Britney Sams), Grandchild
  • Mr. Hayslip also leaves behind a multitude of family and friends across the nation to cherish his memory.



  • Family To Receive Friends Sunday, January 12, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Monday, January 13, 2020


  • Interment


James E. Hayslip

have a memory or condolence to add?

Carole Gray Coles

January 13, 2020

This Tennyson poem was read by Jimmy when he graciously provided the Eulogy for my Father, (Rex Gray November 2019) and I'd like to repay his act of kindness.

Crossing the Bar (Tennyson 1889)

Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep,
Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;

For though from out our boundary of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.

Bebe Jonakin

January 12, 2020

Coach Hayslip was one of the role models in my life. He was my teacher in the 7th-8th grade. He taught us so much more than science. He saw so much potential in each of us. I will always remember “the dungeon”, his singing Now is the Hour “ on his guitar., and his love for his “bride”. He truly touched my life in a way few people ever have. Thank you for always being “my cheerleader “

John David White

January 12, 2020

Mr. Hayslip was one of our 8th Grade Teachers and Coach at Havenview Middle School during school year Sept.1962-May 1962. He was the very first male educator that I ever had until that point of my life. He was a dedicated leader and coach and was respected by all of our classmates. I thought I remembered that he once told us he was an Air Force Navigator and flew and served with the Tennessee Air National Guard Unit at Memphis. My prayers are for his family in this difficult time, but they can all be very proud of Mr. James Hayslip. I am so thankful that he impacted my life and so many other students.

Kimberly Maurer Harrison

January 10, 2020

I remember Mr. Hayslip, he was a very sweet and kind man. In 1976, my parents and I just moved to Germantown from Little Rock, AR for 6years. He worked for Sears and was promoted to a Regional Merchandise Manager. I attended Germantown Middle School, where I met new friends and Mr. Hayslip was our Principal. I remember Mr. Hayslip driving his antique cars around the school.
When I would see a car like the red and white car that he drove quite often in 1976-77, it would remind me of Mr. Hayslip. That seemed to be his favorite ride.
My sincere condolences to you Steve and Sharon. You’re Father was a very nice man and a great Principal. He made everyone he met at ease with his smile.
Thoughts and Prayers for you both and your families.

Jackie Barr Winfrey

January 10, 2020

Mr Hayslip was one of the finest men I’ve known I was a student at Collierville over 35 years ago and he still holds a special place in my heart we were all very lucky to have had him in our lives showing us how to walk the way by example not just tell us God Bless prayers and much love from King NC

Betty Fatherree Quave

January 10, 2020

So many emotions come forth when I think of Coach Hayslip and his beautiful bride Nancy. I was fortunate to have him as a teacher at
Bartlett. I remember watching the World Series in class! What a beautiful sweet soul and truly lived his life serving God. His life is truly a celebration of what a powerful impact he had on young and old. He was a mentor to so many.

Harold Byrd

January 10, 2020

Dear Steve, Sharon and all the Hayslip family,

I all the Byrd families have you in our thoughts and prayers on the loss of your beloved Father and Patriarch. Coach Hayslip was an icon, one of a kind, and a great example to the legions of students, community leaders, elected leaders, and most of all the common woman/man who needed a helping hand as we all do at one time or another.

Coach Hayslip’s Life would’ve been vastly materially richer had he chosen the business world rather than academics but pale in comparison to the profound affect he had on so many in our community inspiring each and every person to be the best they could be.

Steve—Sharon, Coach Hayslip truly loved and was rightfully proud of all his family, he told me this so many times in our long conversations. God be with you in this time of great sadness and loss but knowing that Coach is looking down from above keeping score as only he can with a big smile and with the love of his life at his side.

God be with you, till you meet again!


Harold, Bob, Dan, John Byrd & Families

Jimmy Wilson

January 10, 2020

It was a pleasure working with Jimmy on the MOTAA Board for many years & he will be sorely missed as I spoke of him as the voice of Petit Jean Car Show every year! I am so pleased we were able to honor him at this event! May you Rest In Peace Jimmy!

Steve Kozbiel

January 9, 2020

I have so many memories of Mr. Hayslip. If you needed someone to talk to about anything his office door was always open. If you were sent to his office and he felt it warranted some discipline you remembered it for a while!!
I remember when Mrs. Hayslip passed away and I got my time mixed up and arrived at the Church early. It was the time set aside for immediate family. Mr. Hayslip said...Steve, you come on in and visit with us. It was the last time I saw him. I'm thankful I got to share my experiences with him with his family. He was a man among men, he will continue to live through all the lives he touched. I'm glad mine was one of them. I'm a better man for it.

Tracy Hayslip

January 9, 2020

I found out we had family members here in Tn ,in the 1980s when in Millington High School, Jimmy Hayslip came to Millington TN ,and he was a speaker at a ROTC function, afterwards ,he came up to myself and my family and introduced himself and said I think we are cousins, and we all laughed, I remember him being very respectful and full of life, What a Great man.. He will surely be missed..