John Roland Pyron died February 15, 2018. John was born July 9, 1926 to the late Clifford and Agnes McCachren Pyron he grew up in Charlotte, NC. John served in the US Navy in WWII from 1943 to 1946 in the Pacific seeing action in the battles of both Iwo Jima and Okinawa. His ship, the LST 808 was later sunk off the coast of Ie Shima prior to the end of the war. After WWII John then attended and graduated from UNC – Chapel Hill in 1950.
John taught school and coached after graduation in both the Burlington, NC area and at Myers Park in Charlotte, NC before joining McLean Trucking Company in 1955. He worked there until 1963 when he joined Sea-Land Service. This was at the dawn of global containerized shipping. He grew in management responsibilities over his twenty seven (27) year career at Sea-Land lastly as Executive Vice President of the Pacific Division. He followed that at CSX as President of ISI. John also served on several Boards during his career as well.
John was very active in his community and Church, especially when residing in Colts Neck, New Jersey. He had a passion for life and serving others. Upon retirement, John and his wife Suzie relocated back to North Carolina where they both were born and had roots, first to Lewisville, NC and finally to Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community in Asheville, NC.
John leaves behind his wife Suzie, his four children and seven grandchildren – son John Jr. of Charlottesville, VA, his daughter Emma, wife Lisa – her two daughters Jennifer and Kimberley and three grandchildren; son Cliff of Savannah, GA, his wife Karen, their son Cliff Jr and wife Laura, and daughter Hannah; son Bill of Gettysburg, PA, his wife Susan, their two sons Wes and Sam; son Jud of Ocean Township, NJ and his two daughters Claire and Emily.
His memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 19, 2018 at the Health Care Chapel of Deerfield with Rev. Richard “Lin” Walton officiating. A private burial will be held in West Memorial Park, Weaverville.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Deerfield Residency Program 1617 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC 28803.
West Funeral Home is assisting the family.
For those who desire, condolences may be offered to the family under Mr. Pyron’s obituary at www.WestFamilyFuneralServices.com.
Heath Care Chapel of Deerfield
Monday February 19th, 2018
1617 Hendersonville Rd
Asheville, NC 28803
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Dear Mrs. Pyron and Family,
I hold warm memories of John. He was a true gentleman.
I sat with him and Dave Tolan at the first Sea-Land retirees get together.
Their stories and tales were great.
John was such a good strong man in all ways.
God bless him, and God bless you and your family.
You are all in our prayers,
Bernie and Jane DeLury
Submitted by Bernard & Jane on Feb 21 2018 02:31:27 PM
To the neighborhood kids of PhalanxFarms in Colts Neck,NJ, Mr. John Pyron was a respected and loved father figure that made our neighborhood one of the best places to be a kid. A special friend to my parents and to me, he will always be remembered with love.
Submitted by Maureen Rogers Hourigan Haldeman on Feb 19 2018 12:26:45 PM
John was my long time boss, mentor and friend and a man of impeccable integrity and moral strength. He was the most positive man I ever knew and inspired all of us at Sea-Land for many years in the formative and later years of our company. His leadership qualities were the core of his success. May God bless his soul and comfort all his family now and forever more. Rest in peace my friend as your days of suffering are now over. Zeb McMillan
Submitted by Zeb McMillan on Feb 19 2018 11:07:29 AM
Bill, Susan, and family....may you find comfort in those around you and in your memories. Thinking of you! ---Wendee
Submitted by Wendee on Feb 19 2018 10:40:50 AM
Dear Mrs. Pyron and Family,
During my years at Sea-Land, John was frequently on the West Coast sharing his wisdom and leadership principles with us. I often recall them and think about the one who taught them to me. John was the essence of a good man. Everything he said was positive and encouraging. Blessings on all his family who shared his love.
Submitted by William Hargraves on Feb 19 2018 12:08:22 AM
During most of my 24 years at Sea-Land Service, it was my honor to associate with John Pyron in various capacities. He was truly the finest example of a naturally talented, dedicated, personable, caring and highly effective executive that I have ever encountered in my 52 years of professional life. I consider myself blessed to have known John, and to have benefited from that association.
I offer my sincere condolences to the Pyron family for the passing of John. I will pray that the Lord will comfort you in your loss, and know that you will keep John forever in your hearts.
Submitted by Dave Herring on Feb 18 2018 10:42:30 PM
Dear Pyron Family,
Our hearts are saddened with your loss of Mr. Pyron. We are thinking of you and praying for you that God provides comfort during this difficult time. He is at peace and has the ability to look down on all of you at once, and smile from ear to ear at what a beautiful family he helped to create.
Our deepest sympathies,
The Schultz Family
Peter, Susan, Christopher and Katie
Submitted by The Schultz Family on Feb 17 2018 01:18:59 PM
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