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John T. Roddey (1906–1981)

Born in Rock Hill, South Carolina on December 23, 1906, John Roddey was the son of John T. Roddey, Sr. and Eliza Willis Roddey. He is survived by his widow, Angela Fisher Roddey, his daughter, Angela Roddey Holder and a grandson, John Roddey Holder.

He graduated from Davidson College in 1929 and from Harvard Law School in 1932, where he received his Bachelor of Laws Degree. He traveled extensively in Europe and attended the University of Berlin. Although afflicted by polio as a child, which resulted in paralysis of his left arm, he became an outstanding tennis player of tournament quality.

He practiced law in Rock Hill, South Carolina from 1934 until his death. He was extremely active in the civic, educational, social and sports life of his community and State. He was a member of the Board of Trustees for Winthrop College for thirty-six years and for thirty of those years, served as Secretary of the Board.

John T. was known and respected throughout the legal profession as a true southern gentleman with all the attributes of learning, dignity, respect, wisdom, honesty, integrity, and good humor that the term implies.

He will be remembered by society’s “little people” as one who cared and understood and was willing to champion their cause with all of his talents and resources, without thought of personal reward, recognition or recompense.