CLYDE — Richard Wayne Hardaway, 78, passed away on Saturday, July 6, 2019, at Maggie Valley Nursing Home & Rehabilitation.

Richard was born in Lynn, Arkansas on Oct. 20, 1940, to Robert D. and Amy Josephine Adams Hardaway. He moved to Palm Beach County, Florida, with his parents at age 5.

Richard was a graduate of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and was an elementary school teacher. His favorite pastime was playing guitar and banjo, and he taught evening school classes in guitar and 5-string banjo and gave private music lessons.

Richard’s hobby and passion was bluegrass music, and he loved attending bluegrass music programs and festivals.

In the early 1970s, he formed a bluegrass band, The Bluegrass Ramblers, in which he played five-string banjo as well as guitar. The band loved singing and playing music, specifically bluegrass gospel, and brought enjoyment to many people over the years. Richard was a member of Woodland Baptist Church, Waynesville, North Carolina.

Richard is predeceased by his parents, father in 1997, and mother in 2001.

Richard is survived by his wife of 49 years, Marlene Pfile Hardaway. They moved to Haywood County, North Carolina in Dec. 2003, where they had spent many vacations over the years.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, in the Waynesville Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with Rev. David Williams and the Rev. Josh Frazier officiating. Burial will follow at Green Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10:30 until 11:30 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Woodland Baptist Church, 545 Crabtree Road, Waynesville, NC 28785.

The care of Mr. Hardaway has been entrusted to Wells Funeral Homes and an online memorial register is available at “Obituaries” at

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