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.