Official Obituary of

Napoleon "Nate" William Hearn

June 22, 1939 ~ November 4, 2022 (age 83) 83 Years Old

Napoleon "Nate" Hearn Obituary

Napoleon William Hearn was born on June 22, 1939 to Willie Blue Matthews Hearn and Oscar Lee Hearn, Sr., in Holly
 Springs, Mississippi. He was the second born of four children. He was surrounded by love and laughter throughout his entire life. The love of family surrounded him in Chicago and extended all the way to Holly Springs, Mississippi, where he excitedly rushed by train to spend every summer vacation. He enjoyed summertime in the south, willingly completing his chores, playing, and running down the road to buy candy at the family- owned grocery store on Matthews’ Corner. Unfortunately, after the untimely passing of his father in 1954, Nate grew to understand, as a young teenager, to cherish his family and friends. This was a life lesson he would demonstrate with sincere commitment, creating and attending special moments with his loved ones, all of whom felt Nate’s love and knew they were his top priority.
It was at Harrison High School, in Chicago, Illinois, that Nate became a basketball player and a well-known football player. It was also at Harrison that he met a beautiful young lady, Ozine Zaneta Mckissick, who came into and captured Nate’s heart. Their love grew and even the distance of college - Ozine to Howard University in Washington, D.C., and Nate to the University of Wisconsin-Madison - could not keep their hearts apart.
 While attending Wisconsin on a four-year scholarship, Nate also played college football, and was a stand-out “half-back” athlete, giving the crowd many reasons to cheer, “GO BADGERS!” The summer after graduating from college, he was united in holy matrimony to Ozine on August 7, 1960 and from that union, three children were born: Warren, Terry, and Dana.
Nate was a man who generously contributed his time and talents; however, his proudest life’s work was serving in Chicago Public Schools. For over 30 years, Nate was the Physical Education teacher at John Milton Gregory Elementary School and the
 football coach for Manley High School. Both schools are located in the North Lawndale Community of Chicago, Illinois, and in the same community in which he resided. Parents trusted Mr. Hearn. Students loved Coach Hearn. Simply living as a positive Black male role model in the same community in which he served had a tremendous impact on the hundreds of students he taught and coached.
Our beloved Nate had many names of endearment, and when you met him on his life’s journey would determine what you affectionately called him. “Chick” is a nickname that stuck with him for most of his life. When some wanted to refer to him as “Nathan”, he would quickly correct. To his siblings, he was 'Na'. They all agree that their ‘Na’ had the calmest, gentlest, and most easy-going nature in the family. He often thought of others first
 and would say, "Doesn't matter to me, it’s whatever you want". But, if there was a University of Wisconsin football game being televised, then Nate would say, "let's wait until after the game! GO BADGERS!”
It was said by one of Nate’s closest friends, "I've been friends with your father for over 75 years!" Nate was fortunate to have the love of many, many friends. He even managed to navigate and use Zoom to stay connected with his special friends through the pandemic. At times, his words were few but his heart was huge. When he could get there, he would go. When he could give, he gave. When he needed to listen, he heard. When he wanted to play the drums, he played. When he needed to communicate virtually, he zoomed. When you needed his love, you were always loved.
To his children, he was a hard worker, one-of-a-kind in his love and care, and the very best Daddy and Granddad who lived a full and truly blessed life. He spent most of his final days with his first-born son, Warren. Psalms 90:10 reads, “the span of our life is 70 years, or 80 if one is especially strong”. Nate lived to be strong and mighty for 83 years. He will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.
 Preceding our father, Nate, in death were his parents, Oscar and Willie Blue Hearn; his wife, Ozine Zaneta Hearn; and his brother, Oscar Lee Hearn, Jr. Nate leaves his family to share many beautiful memories of his life- his sons, Warren Hearn and Terry Hearn; daughter, Dana Dorsey (Michael); two sisters, Gloria Ruffins (Jimmy) and Sandra Hearn; two nieces, Romeldia Salter (Kevin) and Ebonne Leaphart (Keith); nephew Paul Bowser (Natasha); two granddaughters, Sarah and Trina; one grandson, Trenton; one great-granddaughter, Xiah; and a host of cousins, friends–old, older, oldest, and new; and many beloved family members.

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November 11, 2022

2:00 PM to 3:15 PM
Union Commuity Funeal Home

Graveside Service
November 11, 2022

4:00 PM
Bethel Baptist Church
904 Pea Ridge Hwy
Jonesville, SC 29353


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