Wayland Donald Peddy May 14, 1938 - February 11, 2013 Wayland Donald Peddy was born in Durant, Oklahoma, May 14th, 1938 to Clyde and Edith Peddy. His early years were happily spent in the Visalia area along with his two sisters. At age 11, his Dad brought home a guitar, and Wayland began teaching himself to play. Thus began a love affair with the guitar that lasted throughout his life. In 1951, the family moved to the Lamont area after his parents attended a service at Apostolic Tabernacle, pastored by Rev. Jimmy S. Davis. It was here that Wayland met the love of his life, Bessie Mae Ward, and they were married in 1958. Two daughters were born into this "happily ever after" union and theirs was a home full of much love and laughter. Prior to his marriage, Wayland began working at Weedpatch Market. He continued working at many of the local independent markets, ultimately spending 17 years at County Fair Market in Lamont. Through the years, Wayland continued to play the guitar and began a second career teaching. In 1986, he and Bessie decided to purchase Glenn's Music Store. Glenn's gradually flourished, and in 1990, they expanded and moved to the Westchester area. Although the store closed in 1997, he continued to teach until his health began to decline in 2010. This amazing, unique and wonderful man was funny to the very core of his being. He could impersonate nearly anyone and no one was off limits. We grew up with a cast of characters-some fictional and some impersonated, and we never knew when calling home who might answer if he picked up the phone. He had an endless capacity for love and was a hopeless romantic. Our lives were filled with love notes, songs, and poems both silly and serious. He made our lives rich in innumerable ways. Our childhood was golden, and we were reluctant to grow up. He was a poet, a composer, a phenomenal jazz guitarist, loving husband, doting Daddy, and adoring Papa who delighted in his family. He was a Godly man with a love for truth. His life was well-lived, serving the God he loved, standing for what he believed in and using his talents teaching and playing in church. He is survived by his loving wife, Bessie; daughters, Sandra Dunn and Stacie Pantages and her husband John; three sons, John-Mark, Joshua and Joseph Pantages; sisters, Dorothy Jo , married to Dell Rose, Clydean, married to Eddie Ward, and sister by marriage, Barbara Ward; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law, Troy Dunn, III. A celebration of Wayland's life will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at First Pentecostal Church, located at 1418 W. Columbus. For additional information, please contact Basham Funeral Care at 873-8200. Basham Funeral Care www.bakersfield.com/obits
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Published in Bakersfield Californian on Feb. 15, 2013