John Augustus Wayt Jr.

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John Augustus Wayt Jr. passed away peacefully on Feb. 5, 2010, at age 82. He grew up in the Buckhead community of Atlanta, the son of Josephine and John A. Wayt Sr. He was active in Peachtree Presbyterian Church, of which his father was a founder. He graduated from North Fulton High School and was an Eagle Scout. John was the first model for the comic strip "Mark Trail" and had fond memories of visits with the cartoonist, Ed Dodd. He was a graduate of The University of Virginia, where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity. Thereafter, he managed the family cattle farm, Seven Branches Farm, in Roswell. In the early 1950's he started a successful poultry business, and introduced Gelbvieh cattle to the southeast in the late 1970's.
John's love of horses, which sustained him throughout his life, began with Fritz Orr at his camp in the early 1940's. He will be remembered by many as the chairman and a founding member of The Atlanta Steeplechase, which was held on Seven Branches Farm properties from 1965-1997, first in Roswell and later in Cumming. He served as a steward at many hunt meetings on the east coast. John was a member of the board of stewards for The National Steeplechase Association for many years, and served as its chairman from 1994-1998.
In 2000, John received the National Steeplechase Association's highest honor, the F. Ambrose Clark Award, given periodically by the association to an individual who has done the most to promote, improve and encourage the growth and welfare of American steeplechasing. In 1991, The Georgia Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association honored him with their Lifetime Achievement Award "For the Love of a Horse" and subsequently in 2002, with their Steeplechase Award. He was an avid fox hunter in Georgia and Virginia, and owned several successful steeplechase jumpers and thoroughbred brood mares. John was also a member of The North Fulton Livestock Association, The Rotary Club of Atlanta, The Shakerag Hounds, The Nine O'Clocks, The Order of the Barrel, and the Piedmont Driving Club.
He is survived by his wife, Martha Kiser Wayt; their four children, John Wayt III (Carolyn) of Jamestown, R.I.; Rebecca Buck (Peter) of Atlanta; Jim Wayt (Chrissie) of Atlanta; Marty McMullin (Keith) of Richmond, Va.; four grandchildren, James Wayt Jr., Augusta Wayt, Charlotte McMullin, James McMullin; sister, Josephine Wayt Williams of Marietta; stepmother, Frances Green Wayt; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 11 a.m. at Peachtree Presbyterian Church. His ashes will be scattered on The Wayt Track at the Atlanta Steeplechase course.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to John's favorite charity, The Atlanta Steeplechase, 375 Pharr Road NE, Suite 114, Atlanta, GA 30305, (404)237-7436 or
H.M. Patterson and Son Spring Hill Chapel in Atlanta is in charge of arrangements.
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