Services set for Billy Hardwick

by Bob Johnson 0

Funeral and visitation arrangements have been announced for PBA Hall of Famer Billy Hardwick, who passed away Saturday at the age of 72.

Visitation is scheduled for Thursday from 5-7 p.m. Central at Memorial Park Funeral Home & Cemetery in Memphis. The funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. on

Friday. Memorial Park Funeral Home is located at 5668 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN;  (901) 767-8930.

Following the service, a celebration of Hardwick’s life is scheduled until 5 p.m. at Billy Hardwick’s All-Star Lanes. The bowling center is located at 1576 White Station Rd. in East Memphis.

A scholarship fund is being set up for donations in lieu of flowers. More details will be released at a later date via the Billy Hardwick’s All-Star Lanes Facebook page (

Hardwick is survived by his wife, Rebecca; daughters Kelly Frasure and  Jamie Howell; two sons, Eddie and Chris; a brother, Michael; two sisters, Liz Lange and Nancy Appelbaum; and eight grandchildren. Two sons, William and Joseph, died as infants.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.