John Clinton Hayworth

December 10, 1967September 8, 2020

John Clinton Hayworth, age 52, of Nashville, Tennessee died on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Born on December 10, 1967 in Memphis, John spent his formative years on Penrose Farm in Knoxville, Tennessee. Starting at a young age, he worked every aspect of the farm, including caring for the numerous horses, driving the tractor and the farm truck and breaking the first ice off the troughs. John first developed his lifelong love of the great outdoors on the farm, especially hunting and fishing. During high school, he attended Westminster School in Simsbury, Connecticut, a place and time that John held dear. After graduating from Colby College in 1990, John moved to Nashville to attend Vanderbilt University Law School earning his degree in 1993. He was also a member of the Order of the Coif.

After completing a year as a Federal District Court clerk, John entered private practice in Nashville. He engaged in a long successful litigation practice at Bass, Berry and Sims; Walker, Tipps and Malone; and Butler Snow. A well-respected litigator, he brought a quiet and determined approach to each case; his thoughtful judgment was widely appreciated.

A community leader, John served on the boards of Harding Academy, the Economics Club of Nashville, and Cheekwood Estate & Gardens. He was also a communicant of St. George’s Episcopal Church and a member of Belle Meade Country Club. Most recently, John taught undergraduate business law at Belmont University.

John’s sense of humor and his laugh were contagious. He was well read, had a keen intellect and could tell a story like no other. His famous dance splits at parties were the highlight of any gathering. His gentle spirit, quick wit and devotion to his beautiful family and loyal friends will be missed and remembered. He is predeceased by his mother, Carol Easler Hayworth and by his father, Dr. Ray Milton Hayworth. He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Martha Hacker Hayworth; daughter Margaret Manning Hayworth and son John Hedges Hayworth. He is also survived by his mother, Christine Goodman Hayworth, and sisters Leslie Hayworth(Sid) Johnson, Katherine Hayworth Sims and Debbie Hayworth, as well as his in-laws Margaret and Larry Hacker and brother-in law Jim(Shelley)Hacker. A small private family service will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2020. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Westminster School, 995 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT, 06070. Please indicate the gift is “In memory of John Hayworth.”


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Carol McCoy

September 17, 2020

To John’s family
I knew John as a lawyer in Nashville who appeared in Chancery Court. He was well prepared, polite and very bright, all adjectives that do not do him justice. He was cheerful when I met him off the bench and very outgoing. He was too young to have an obituary. The Nashville Bar lost a wonderful colleague, but your loss is greater. You have a big hole in the heart of your family, one that cannot be repaired. I pray that through God’s grace and the passage of time, your sadness will ease. Please accept my sincerest condolences. Carol McCoy, retired Chancellor

Catherine Vrettos

September 12, 2020

Dear Martha, Margaret, and Hedges,
Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Sincerely, Catherine Vrettos

Mark Pickrell

September 12, 2020

John and I were summer clerks together in Knoxville. Many good nights that summer after work. Our late conversations meant the world to me. Great lawyer. He will be sorely missed.

Our condolences to his family, friends & firm, particlarly his wife and children.

Paul McLaughlin

September 12, 2020

I am so saddened by John’s passing. I will always treasure his friendship growing up together at Westminster and I am so grateful that we reconnected over the past few years. I will miss our conversations.

Please know that there are many, many members of the Westminster community who are grieving with you and are here to offer support.

God bless.

Paul McLaughlin
Westminster ‘86

Christopher Russell

September 12, 2020

Caroline and I are so saddened to learn of John's passing. We extend our thoughts and prayers to the family. We echo the moving lines in the touching remembrance about his devotion to family and friends. My friendship with John began many years ago when we were groomsmen for a mutual dear friend and continued on fishing trips and other occasions during which the focus of conversation inevitably returned to his love of family.
Chris Russell, Buena Vista, VA

Mark McKay

September 11, 2020

I attended high school at Westminster with John. We played football together (John was a tough and smart halfback) and I remember him to be fiercely competitive and also soft spoken. I remember John laughed frequently and contributed a kind humility to our school community. I last saw John a couple of months ago on an informal reunion zoom call. He seemed relaxed. Condolences to John’s family and close friends. Sincerely, Mark McKay


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