James Winston Hagey (Jim) from Nashville TN and lived in Ponce Inlet Fl the past 40 years died peacefully at home in Nashville March 3, 2022 at the age of 94. Jim was born in Nashville, TN on October 18, 1927 and graduated from Father Ryan High school in 1946. He was an outstanding athlete, lettering in 4 sports, receiving numerous awards and was the oldest living member to be inducted into the first class of the Father Ryan Hall of Fame. Jim was heavily recruited from the University of Kentucky and the University of Georgia, choosing to go to Georgia on a full scholarship. He transferred to Middle Tennessee State playing football and basketball. During his time at Middle Tennessee State University Jim decided to join the war effort in Korea and enlisted in the Air Force. He married Susie Pierini Nov 30, 1955 in Memphis TN. After a brief stay in Virginia, Jim and Susie moved back to Nashville so Jim could work in the family business of J.P. Hagey and Son, a toy distribution. A natural salesman, Jim then became a successful real estate agent at Fredrick and Hooper and C & S Builders. He eventually started his own business, Jim's Seafood, suppling seafood to restaurants, local Kroger Stores and Davidson County sheriff's office. Although a salesman at trade, what he loved to do was coach, hunt, and fish. He coached the freshman team at Father Ryan High School for 5 years in the late 50s and early 60s and at St Henry’s in 1972 and 1978. He introduced all those teams to the Hagey Special. He loved to hunt but his passion was fishing. Through his 94th birthday, Jim was fishing with his family and schooling them at the art of catching fish. Into his 90s he would catch and filet fish and give it to the “old people” that loved fish but couldn’t fish for themselves. He was a regular for over 50 years at the Sunglow Fishing pier where "everyone knew his name". Many times he would be catching fish and would not hesitate to share the lure he was using with a child or people he didn't know. He even came up with the official name of the very popular restaurant on the pier he called Crabby Joe's. He was a convert to Catholicism after going through Father Ryan High school where he said, "that school saved my life". He was dedicated to Jesus and Mary as daily Mass and the rosary was part of his routine. He had not missed a First Friday mass since 1993. Most of all he loved his wife Susie, and his kids the most. Never hearing him say a cross word about anyone, he was the utmost example of a man, father, husband, and Christian.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years Susie Pierini Hagey. His Children, Sons Jimbo Hagey Jr (Sandy), Tommy Hagey (Margaret). Daughters Susan Randall (Bill), Dottie Oelhafen; grandchildren Heather Proctor (Michael), Drew Johnson, Natlie Moore(Mike), Celena Randall, Savanah Hagey, Molly Hagey, Sam Hagey, Sven Oelhafen Jr, Luc Oelhafen, Chloe Oelhafen, Philip Hagey Jr., 1st LT John Hagey, Mary Kathryn Sandoval (2nd LT Ryan), 2nd Lt Anthony Hagey, Henry Hagey, Emma Claire Hagey, Leo Hagey, Peter Hagey. Great grandchildren Mackenzie Cottell, Brooklynn Cottell, Levi Moore, Galilea Dean. Funeral Mass at Saint Henry Catholic Church on March 26. Rosary will be recited at 8:30 A.M. visitation 9:00 a.m. and funeral Mass at 10:00. Burial at Harpeth Hills Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Camp Marymount (1318 Fairview Blvd, Fairview TN 37062) or Father Ryan Scholarship fund.