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John Waldrop

John Alan Waldrop, 67, resident of 430 Noble Drive husband of Gail Botts Waldrop passed away Wednesday Dec. 8, 2021 at NHC Assisted Living in Greenwood, SC.

Born in Laurens, SC he was a son of the late Arthur Lee Waldrop and Amanda Mae Saxon Waldrop.
John was a graduate of Abbeville High School Class of 1972. John was formerly the Manager of Sharpe’s Formal Wear in Greenwood, SC. He was self employed and was the Owner and Operator of The Vernada Cafe for many years best known for his homemade Chicken Corn Chowder. John was a member of the South Carolina Barbecue Association and was a certified Show Judge. He was probably best known as the lead singer of the famous group Brass Town Ball as they played for Formals and other events all over the Southeastern United States. He was also an avid fan of the Clemson Tigers. John was best known for his big smile and warm caring nature for those around him. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. The family would like to send a special THANK YOU to John’s caregiver Peggy Jones for her loving care during his sickness.

Survivors include: His beloved wife Gail Botts Waldrop of the home; a daughter Erin W. Freeman (Will) of Abbeville, SC; four grandchildren Mackenzie, Caleb, Camden and Cooper; a cousin he loved like a sister Dianne Scott of Greenwood, SC.

He was preceded in death by a brother Thomas Lee Waldrop.

A Celebration of John’s life will be conducted Saturday Dec. 11, 2021 at 2:00 in Upper Long Cane Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Wayne Wicker officiating.

The family will receive friends Saturday afternoon from 12:30 until 1:30 in the Social Hall at Upper Long Cane Presbyterian Church prior to services.

Memorials in memory of John may be made to Upper Long Cane Presbyterian Church, 194 Hwy. 20 Abbeville, SC 29620 or to Abbeville Grenadiers Band Booster Club, 202 Arthur Ave. Abbeville, SC 29620.

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A candle was lit in memory of John Waldrop

Judy and Art Sutherland Jan 1 2022 8:30 PM

Gail, Lycia shared John's obituary with me. A loving tribute to him. I am so sorry for your loss. My love to you.

Dawn C Johnson Dec 24 2021 4:22 PM

Gail, I was so sorry to hear about John. I wish I could have been there. Watching the video was fun, remembering those great times so long ago. Know that we are thinking of you all and if you can think of anything I can do for you please let me know. -jon

Jon Snoddy Dec 23 2021 5:12 PM

Gail, I remember you telling Dawn and me about your love of John when we were Clemson nursing students. So sorry for your loss.

Lycia B Golson Dec 15 2021 4:57 PM

A candle was lit in memory of John Waldrop

Barbara Alexander Campbell Dec 13 2021 7:22 PM

A candle was lit in memory of John Waldrop

martha walker Dec 13 2021 5:27 PM

So sorry to hear of John's passing. The video brought back great memories of John, Tommy, Lee, Mae and Pepa. Thank you for sharing that. Will be praying for you family.

Jeff Spitzer Dec 12 2021 11:36 PM

A candle was lit in memory of John Waldrop

Joe Byrum Dec 12 2021 10:33 PM

A candle was lit in memory of John Waldrop

Allen Gowan Dec 12 2021 2:33 PM

A candle was lit in memory of John Waldrop

Bill and Janet Williams Dec 11 2021 4:18 PM

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