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In Loving Memory: John Peddycord

John Peddycord walked into Mildred Southern’s basement because someone told him he might be interested in getting involved in Winston-Salem Tennis, Inc., one of NC’s original Community Tennis Associations. He walked out as secretary. That began a 40 plus year “volunteer career” for tennis, a sport he did not even play. John Peddycord, without a backhand or a forehand, without a care in the world about a rating or a ranking, rose through the ranks of the USTA family volunteering and leading at every level.  He, along with other NC giants, led our organization from a pure volunteer organization to the professional operation it is today.  And, as one volunteer said, “John remained to the end a principal adviser to our subsequent presidents and executive directors due to his ability to thoughtfully analyze any situation.  And, just a great person. “

John Peddycord was one of the core pioneers for Winston-Salem Tennis, Inc that hosted the USTA National Boys’ 12 Clays and the Tar Heel Qualifier. Juniors passing through Hanes Park in the 1970’s and 1980’s were Andre Agassi,  Todd Martin, Patrick McEnroe, Jim Courier, Stephen Enochs, Louise Allen, Susan Saunders, Thad Langford, Kim Kessaris, JJ Jackson, Sarah Taylor, Helen Marshall Graham, Mary Lloyd Hodges, Michael Corthum, Phil Payne- and this is just to name a few.

John went on to serve as President of the NC Tennis Association and the NC Tennis Foundation.  He chaired many committees at the Southern Tennis level and at the USTA level. He always remembered that Winston-Salem Tennis, Inc was the bedrock and foundation of his tennis involvement.  He was inducted into the NC Tennis Hall of Fame and the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame. He was the spiritual leader of the 2005 NC Tennis Foundation Capital Campaign that led us to a new building, a new Hall of Fame and an endowment to help grow tennis.

John Peddycord is survived by his son Scott, his wife Elaine and their 3 children, many nieces and nephews, and a community of tennis friends that stretch across many states and generations.

John Peddycord got involved in tennis because he knew it would be good for his family, his community and because he believed it was a great sport to share with others. He never had a personal agenda. He never had a reason to “one up” someone. He remained to the core, a solid southern gentleman that always did the right thing. He put others first ALWAYS and moved past anything that would slow the mission of growing and developing tennis. It is fitting to end with the words of Dru Michaels, former NCTA Executive Director and later President and most importantly, dear friend, “We all have been touched by him and are better stewards of love and of tennis because of his imprint. He taught us how to serve as he gave unselfishly to our sport.”


John William Peddycord

February 13, 1932 – November 25, 2017

John William Peddycord entered the more immediate presence of his Savior this past Saturday, November 25, 2017.  He was born on February 13, 1932 in Winston-Salem to Thomas Arthur Peddycord, Sr. and Ruth Beach Peddycord.

John graduated from R. J. Reynolds High School in 1950 and went on to complete his education at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill class of 1955.  After college he spent two years in the Army before returning to Winston-Salem to begin his career at Wachovia.  He spent his entire career at Wachovia in various Wealth Management roles. 

John was a lifelong member of Calvary Moravian Church.  He served in many leadership roles on the boards and various committees of the Church including as its treasurer and chairman of the finance committee well beyond his retirement.  He was well versed in the funds and policies of the church and was a resource of information for the current board members and pastors up until this past year.  He was an avid volunteer in the tennis community with Winston-Salem Tennis, Inc, The North Carolina Tennis Association, The Southern Tennis Association and the United States Tennis Association.  He was inducted into the North Carolina Tennis and the Southern Tennis Halls of Fame even though he did not play tennis because of his dedication and leadership as a volunteer in his many roles promoting tennis.  Annually North Carolina Tennis presents two awards in honor of John; the Junior Tennis Council Award Given In Honor of John Peddycord and the Dottie and John Peddycord President’s Award.

John was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Doris “Dot” Luther Peddycord, a son Jeffery William Peddycord, brothers, Thomas A. Peddycord, Jr., Robert D. Peddycord and Richard E. Peddycord.

John is survived by his son John Scott Peddycord and wife Elaine and three grandchildren, Meghan Elizabeth Peddycord, John Wesley Peddycord and William Scott Peddycord.  He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and special friends who were so dear to him. 

The family will receive friends Thursday, November 30th, at Salem Funeral Home, 120 S. Main St., from 6-8:00 p.m.  The funeral will be held on Friday December 1st 11:00am at Calvary Moravian Church.  Burial will follow in God’s Acre in Salem. 

Memorials may be made to Calvary Moravian Church, 600 Holly Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 or the North Carolina Tennis Foundation, 2709 Henry Street, Greensboro, NC 27405

Online condolences may be made through www.salemfh.com.