Wayland Thomas Pond III

Wayland Thomas Pond III

Suffolk, VA
09.04.1943 - 08.28.2018
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Born on September 4, 1943 in Suffolk, Virginia, Wayland Thomas Pond III passed away on August 28, 2018. A lifelong resident of Suffolk, Wayland was the son of the late Mary Herring and Wayland Thomas Pond, Jr. He was preceded in death by his first wife Gisberta Cornelia Gerarda Pond-deVisser and twin sister Katherine Pond Beneke.

Wayland is survived by his wife Kathryn Andersen Pond; sons Wayland Thomas Pond IV and wife Sarah of Arlington; Jacobus Christiaan Pond and wife Cristin of Suffolk; and by Kathryn’s children Stephen Warren Wheeler and wife Amy of Suffolk, and Susan Wheeler Tyler of Newport, RI; grandchildren Claire Cornelia Pond, Eleanor Grace Pond, Jacobus Christiaan Pond, Jr., Louise Caroline Wheeler, James Edward Tyler and Paloma Louise Tyler; sisters Mary Lawrence Harrell and husband John, and Eliza Rainey and husband Jim; brother in law John Beneke and wife Gwynne; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

Wayland graduated from Staunton Military Academy and Elon College. He served in the Army National Guard. He was the owner and President of Suffolk Energies Inc. and Griffin Oil and Propane. Wayland was an active member of West End Baptist Church serving on the Temple Committee, Memorial Trust and Board of Deacons. He was a founding member of the Nansemond River Duck Club, Past President and longstanding member of the Suffolk Rotary Club, former Chairman of Suffolk Ducks Unlimited and District Chairman of Virginia Ducks Unlimited, and was instrumental in establishing the Suffolk Youth Athletic Association.

Wayland was an avid outdoorsman, attuned to the beauty of nature and appreciative of all it offered. He loved boating, fishing, hunting, tennis and gardening. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family and friends.

A funeral service to celebrate Wayland’s life will be held Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 11:00 AM by Rev. Dr. Chester Brown and Rev. T. Floyd Irby at West End Baptist Church, with a reception to follow at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts. A private burial will be held at Cedar Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at West End Baptist Church, 105 James Avenue, Suffolk, VA on Monday, September 3 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to West End Baptist Church Memorial Fund or a charity of one’s choice. R.W. Baker and Co. Funeral Home and Crematory is handling arrangements. Condolences may be registered at RWBakerFH.com.

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West End Baptist Church
105 St. James Ave
Suffolk, VA 23434
United States

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West End Baptist Church
105 St. James Ave
Suffolk, VA 23434
United States


Prayers and condolences to family and extended family.

Robert Speer

Sending loving thoughts and prayers to his family, each of you, during these difficult days ❤️???? Wayland was a Special man, just like his Dad....remembering him with fond memories. He, indeed, will be missed. ??

Glenda Mizell Daughtrey

Sincerely sorry and sad to lose a lifetime friend. Prayers and thoughts are with his family.

Holt Livesay

The world has certainly lost one of its brightest and best stars. I am so lucky to have known him as a dear friend. His smile was always warm and genuine, his hands always willing to help. Sending love, hugs, and prayers to Kathryn, the boys, and all who loved him. He was truly an example of everything good that a man can be.

Sandy Williams

Wayland was the epitome of a Virginia Gentleman! Just this summer I shared with others his many kindnesses while at Elon! My deepest sympathy to his loved ones!

Kaye Savage Schroeder

I have never been more shocked than I was to learn of Wayland's death. He was truly a lifetime friend to me and I am very saddened by the news of his passing. To Kathryn, Mary Lawrence, Liza, Wayland IV, Christiaan and all of the extended family, my most sincere condolences.

I will remember Wayland as a sincere and virtuous friend, to whom I always felt that I could turn in times of need. Rest in peace Dear Friend!

Alex Howell

Alex Howell

Wayland was a dear friend to the world of wildlife and wetlands conservation. His dedication to the preservation of wild places for wildlife was evidenced by how he raised his children and by how he conducted his life--including his years of leadership in Ducks Unlimited where millions of acres have been permanently conserved across North America. He will be missed by all who knew him and by the generations to come who will benefit from his legacy. Our warmest thoughts are extended to his loving family.

Rich Johnson

Our thoughts and prayers are with Wayland’s family and loved ones. He will be missed by all who knew him and remembered for the incredible man he was to all.

Jens, Ann, Rose and Max Nielsen

You will always be remembered in our hearts for the kind and loving person you were. Our most sincerest condolences and love.

Elizabeth and Mark Lawson, Emily and Jonathan Dahl

We will always be grateful for the love and guidance he gave our daughter and her family, Steve, Amy and Louise Wheeler. He welcomed them into his extended family and treated them as his own. He will be missed so much by so many.
John and Carol Walker

John & Carol Walker

So sorry was not able to attend.

Jeffrey Pond

Dear Family,
On behalf of the City Treasurer's Office, I want to extend to you our sincerest sympathy on the loss of Wayland. He was a dear friend of mine and I have many fond memories of him. He was a great person and he will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
Ronald H. Williams, City Treasurer and Office Staff

Ronald H Williams

Dear Mary Lawrence, Liza, Family and West End Baptist Church,
After not seeing Waylon for decades, he was so kind to me recently at West End Baptist.
Also, Waylon was a favorite of my parents, Myrtis and Clarence, who knew him as a wonderful young man.
I am so sorry for your loss.
Clint Midkiff

Clint Midkiff

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