Dr. Hayward Warren "Sonny" Hargrove, Jr.

Dr. Hayward Warren "Sonny" Hargrove, Jr. (Class of 1960)
27 Mountain View Drive
Black Mountain, North Carolina 28711

Nancy S. Hargrove, Wife BA - University of Mississippi
Teacher MA - University of Alabama

Amanda Hargrove Burk, Daughter Appalachian State Uni. Class of '99
Son-in law - Jason
Children-Laila and Jack Wesley

Hayward W "Trey" Hargrove, III, Son U S Naval Academy Class of '02
Presently a Navy pilot having served three tours in Iraq in Special
Operations flying Navy Seals.

Rebekah Morgan Hargrove, Daughter UNC-Chapel Hill Class of '08 Morehead Scholar


Bachelors - Northwestern 
Natchitoches, Louisiana

Masters - LSU
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Doctorate - Ole Miss.
University, Mississippi at age 26.

Student Body President
Student Body Vice President
Omicron Delta Kappa
Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
Phi Delta Kappa

College and University Dean for 25 years; including Baylor and The
University of Mississippi. Wrote numerous articles for college student
personnel journals and spoke in colleges and universities in 49 states,
Europe , Japan and China. Taught undergraduate and graduate
classes in education and university administration. Was an active
member of various professional organizations and was a speaker at
a number of the national conventions. Was responsible for developing
an International Studies program at Linfield College in Oregon,
and Seinan Jo Gakuin University in Kitakyushu, Japan and Kanto
Gakuin University in Yokohama, Japan. After retiring from university
administration and teaching, helped to develop character education and
counseling programs for the public schools in Western North Carolina.

Ordained Minister --- since 1986
Worked with chaplain volunteers in hospitals, nursing homes
and the Mountain Area Hospice in Asheville, North Carolina.
Currently serves as a volunteer chaplain at the Mountain Area Hospice Asheville, N.C., and is the Chaplain at The YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly Conference Center in Black Mountain, N. C.

Has helped lead mission trips to China, Japan, Switzerland and Korea.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS - Past and Present
College and University Partnership Program (CUPP)
Fellowship of Christian Athletes-North Carolina Region
Rotary Club-Black Mountain, North Carolina
Various Professional Advisory Boards


Seinan Jo Gakuin College--Kitakyushu, Japan
Kanto Gakuin University--Yokohama, Japan
Was invited to observe systems of education in that country and made formal
presentations to students and faculties in colleges and universities. Also spoke
in churches and homes throughout Japan.


Member of a 13- member team selected to tour portions of the People's Republic
Of China. The team's mission was to observe and respond to religious and
educational structures in China. First person to share Christ in several provinces
since before the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Spoke before thousands in various
cities and villages in central China.


Participated in the International Congress on Spiritual Revival.The delegates were

composed of religious and educational leaders from the United States,
Europe, and Russia.


Represented Rotary International as the Group Study Exchange Leader to
England. Met with Prince Charles and visited government and legal institutions,
colleges and universities. Spoke at universities, churches and Rotary clubs
throughout England.


American Cancer Society-Relay For Life
Habitat for Humanity
Alzheimer's Patients
Hospice Chaplain
Senior adult groups


United States Naval Academy
Annapolis, Maryland

Hayward "Sonny" Hargrove, Jr. (born September 12, 1942), is a retired university professor and administrator and a Baptist chaplain who has resided since 1990 in Black Mountain, a town of some 8,000 in Buncombe County in western North Carolina. Black Mountain, contained within the Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area, is named for the Black Mountain range of the Blue Ridge section of the the Southern Appalachians. Hargrove previously served as a college and university dean for a quarter century, with assignments during the 1980s at Baptist-affiliated Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and the University of Mississippi at Oxford. 

Early years and education
Hargrove was born in Minden Sanitarium to Hayward Hargrove, Sr. (1919-1975), and the former Edwina Brister (1923-1983), both natives of Jackson Parish, he from the parish seat of Jonesboro and she from the community of Eros. He has a younger sister, Judith Hargrove Ehrhardt (born November 14, 1955), who lives with her family in Kingwood, a master-planned community in northeast Houston, Texas. The Hargroves attended First Baptist Church in Minden. The senior Hargrove worked for what became Exxon Corporation in 1971. Mr. and Mrs. Hargrove are interred in Minden Cemetery.

Sonny attended the then newly-established E.S. Richardson Elementary School in Minden and graduated in 1960 from Minden High School. He then enrolled at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, from which he obtained his bachelor's degree in 1964. At Northwestern, he was student body president and was affiliated with Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society, and Phi Delta Kappa, a professional organization for educators. He was listed in "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges."
In 1965, he received his Master's degree from LSU in Baton Rouge. He received his Doctorate from Ole Miss. in 1969, at the age of twenty-six. He is possibly  the youngest holder of the terminal academic degree in his field from his alma mater. His three degrees are in education, university administration, and personnel services.  


Wife and children
On June 28, 1975, Hargrove married the former Nancy Shook (born April 29, 1950), a teacher originally from  Greenville, South Carolina, where her father was in the textile industry. The wedding was held at the Alta Woods United Methodist Church in Jackson, Mississippi. Mrs. Hargrove holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Mississippi and the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, respectively. They couple has three children.
Amanda Hope Hargrove Burk (born June 10, 1977) is a 1999 graduate of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She is married to Jason Burk, who is in the real estate business. As of 2008, they had two children, Laila and Jack Wesley Burk, and the family resided in Iron Station, an unincorporated community in Lincoln County near Charlotte, North Carolina.
Hayward W. "Trey" Hargrove, lll (born September 15, 1979), is a 2002 graduate of the United States Naval Acadamey in Annapolis, Maryland. He is a Navy pilot who has served three tours of duty in the Iraq War.
Rebekah Morgan Hargrove (born October 29, 1985) is a 2008 honors graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Academic career
During his academic career, Hargrove spoke over fifteen years at institutions in all states except Alaska as well as in China, Japan, and Europe. He taught education and psychology.  He also taught University Administration and Leadership. He was the guiding force for the development of the International Studies program at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. He also helped to establish such programs in two Japanese institutions, Seinan Jo Gakuin College in Kitakyushu and Kanto Gakuin University in Yokohama. After his retirement from academic life, he helped developed the character education and counseling programs for the public schools of western North Carolina.
Hargrove serves on the board of directors, past or present, of the College and University Partnership Program, the North Carolina Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Black Mountain Rotary International. In his travels to Japan and China, he has observed the educational systems in each nation and spoken before educational and church groups.






Hargrove was ordained into the Baptist ministry in 1986. In  China, he was part of a 13-member team selected to tour portions of the country to evaluate the religious and education structures there.  He was the first person to have shared the salvation gospel of Jesus Christ in several provinces since the days prior to Mao Tse-tung's Cultural Revolution.


He has worked with chaplain volunteers in hospitals, nursing homes, and the Mountain Area Hospice in Asheville. He is a volunteer chaplain at the hospice, which cares for dying patients. He is also the chaplain at the Young Men's Christian Association's Blue Ridge Assembly Conference Center in Black Mountain. Hargrove participated in the International Congress on Spiritual Revival in Switzerland. Delegates included religious and educational leaders from the United States, Europe, and Russia.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       


Hargrove is a former Rotary International ambassador to the United Kingdom, in which capacity he met with Prince Charles Windsor and visited government and legal institutions and colleges and universities. Hargrove remains occupied too as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, Habitat for Humanity, his work with Alzheimer's disease patients, and as hospice chaplain. 


Said Hargrove: "I was blessed to have loving parents and to be raised in Minden. I had many opportunities that the Good Lord provided that I am most grateful for. He put me in the right places at the right times.  I am thankful for a wonderful family and the blessing to be a chaplain."


Submitted by Billy Hathorn, Class of 1966