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Introduced Version House Resolution 37 History

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HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 37

 

(By Delegates Williams and Shaver)

[Introduced March 7, 2012.]

 

 

Memorializing the life of the Honorable Frederick “Sonny” Peddicord III, businessman and dedicated public servant.

    Whereas, Frederick “Sonny” Peddicord III was born September 3, 1941, in Kingwood, Preston County, West Virginia, the son of the late Frederick Peddicord, Jr., and the late Evelyn “Abie” Felton Peddicord; and

    Whereas, Sonny graduated from Kingwood High School in 1959 and went on to attend Fairmont State College. He played football in college and later coached Pop Warner Football in Preston County for many years; and

    Whereas, Sonny was married to Pamela Lobb, with whom he shared the joy of having two sons, Robert W. “Robby” and Edward J. “Eddy”; and

    Whereas, Sonny Peddicord was further blessed with three grandsons, Bobby Peddicord, Hunter Peddicord, and Tyler Peddicord, and one great-grandson, Zaden Peddicord; and

    Whereas, Sonny Peddicord enjoyed a rich and varied life, which included being the owner/manager of Preston Distributors, one of the oldest local businesses in Preston County. Under Sonny’s direction, Preston distributors grew and was named best wholesaler in West Virginia numerous times; and

    Whereas, Sonny was active in various organizations including the B.P.O.E. , F.O.E., and Moose; and

    Whereas, Fred Peddicord dedicated much of his life to making the Town of Kingwood a better place in which to work and live. Prior to his election as Mayor of Kingwood, Fred served on the Kingwood City Council, Kingwood Water Board, and the Kingwood Parks Recreation Board; and

    Whereas, As the longest-serving Mayor of Kingwood, Fred worked to secure funding for the sewer system and the new building for city Hall. He also worked with Main Street for the lighting, benches and trash cans. He was instrumental in securing the City Pool and implemented changes in the method of payment for street paving from individual assessment to city funded; and

    Whereas, The Honorable Fred Peddicord’s public service also included three terms in the West Virginia House of Delegates. First elected to the House in 1984 representing Preston and Tucker counties, Fred was reelected in 1986 and 1988. During his years in the Legislature, Fred served on the Government Organization and Finance Committees and was Vice Chairman of the Agriculture Committee; and

    Whereas, After his service in the House of Delegates, Sonny worked for many years as a lobbyist for Phillip Morris; and

    Whereas, Most recently, Sonny served as Chairman of the West Virginia Racing Commission; and

    Whereas, Sadly, the Honorable Fred Peddicord III passed away on Friday, April 8, 2011, leaving behind a life of dedication and commitment to his family, community and state; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the House of Delegates:

    That the House of Delegates hereby memorializes the life of the Honorable Frederick “Sonny” Peddicord III, businessman and dedicated public servant; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the House of Delegates hereby extends its sincere sympathy at the passing of the Honorable Fred “Sonny” Peddicord III; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a copy of this resolution to the family of the Honorable Frederick “Sonny” Peddicord III.

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