John Nunnally Laycock 1949-2019

On the afternoon of October 26, 2019, John Nunnally Laycock passed on to his eternal reward at the age of 70 after a very fulfilling life that touched the hearts of so many people. Saying he is a hero is an understatement after a 58-year journey with type 1 diabetes, kidney failure, and multiple heart attacks. He continued to offer a fighting chance out of pure and honorable sportsmanship and his love for his family.

He is survived by Patti, his wife of 46 years, his children, Micki and Brian, his brother, Jim, two beloved grandchildren, a daughter-in-law and son-in-law, thousands of students and colleagues and golfers whose lives he touched, and a car trunk that is just brimming with golf balls that he “found.”

John was born on June 11, 1949 to Ruth and Albert Laycock in Hamilton, Virginia. He attended Loudoun Valley High School, William and Mary College, and Virginia Wesleyan College. Seeking support to get through college and intrigued by a girl that could beat him at paper football, John spent an inordinate amount of time with Patricia Ann Gill who was only too happy to help. This arrangement eventually culminated in their marriage on June 16, 1973.

John spent his career as a teacher, a salesman, a coach, and a middle school guidance counselor. His love and dedication for helping and nurturing others with no thought for himself was manifest in every action, every day of his life. 

A Celebration of Life will take place at 2 P.M. on Sunday, Nov. 10 at Loudoun Funeral Chapel 158 Catoctin Circle,SE Leesburg, Virginia with family visitation until 5.

In lieu of flowers, John would definitely want you to use that money betting at the track, but for decorum’s sake the family is honored to request donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or the American Diabetes Association in his name.

We have no doubt that he would be telling us all to stop making such a fuss, but for those who knew him, there are truly no words to express how greatly he will be missed. Family and friends have referred to him as one of a kind. We love you husband, dad, brother, grandpa, and friend.

Also, we have free golf balls.

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