John Peyre Scurry

July 30, 1948April 6, 2018

COLUMBIA - John Peyre Scurry, 69, died on Friday, April 6, 2018 in Columbia, SC. He suffered a sudden heart attack while playing golf, his favorite pastime. Born in Columbia, SC on July 30, 1948, Mr. Scurry was the son of Dr. Gerald Watts Scurry and Emily Jordan Thomas Scurry.

He is survived by his loving wife of forty-five years, Clare Happel Scurry; his brother, Gerald Watts Scurry, Jr. and wife, Catherine; his sister, Ellen Scurry Reynolds; his three boys: John Peyre Scurry, Jr. and wife, Mary Spencer, Thomas Happel Scurry and wife, Ciara, and Henry Allston Briggs Scurry and wife, Brooks; his grandchildren: John Peyre Thomas Scurry and Mary Henley Spencer Scurry; and his niece, Shirra Reynolds Culp and husband, Roy.

A graduate of the University of South Carolina and a member of the Air National Guard, Peyre worked in the construction industry for more than forty years. As an avid coach and volunteer with Palmetto Baseball League/Carolina Children’s Home, Peyre was known to many as Coach. He had a passion for teaching children how to play baseball, football, basketball, and golf. He coached at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Cardinal Newman High School, and Hammond School. He always had a ball in hand when at Pawley’s Island with his family and dogs. He loved organizing a game of any kind with his children, grandchildren, and friends.

A funeral service celebrating Peyre’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Columbia. A reception will follow the service on the patio at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Palmetto Baseball League or a charity of your choice. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family. Please sign the online guestbook at


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 11, 2018

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Jason Ray

April 17, 2018

I spent a lot of time with Coach at Cobblestone getting that community going.
We became friends and I cherish those days together. He used to talk about baseball and golf obviously, but specifically remember how proud of his family he was; including Clare’s pottery.
Tracy and I still have her green bowls on our counter today. They are even more special to us now. God bless your family!

Peggy Brown

April 11, 2018

JP & Family
May the God of all Grace provide comfort and His peace
which passes all understanding to you and your family.
Always remember that God is a very present help.

Peggy Brown
Colliers Int/Columbia SC

Jason Williams

April 10, 2018

I spent many evenings and Saturdays running around the Children’s home before, during and after our baseball games. I have great memories of running the ball field under the lights at night, well after games had finished, with our parents hanging out talking the old dirt parking lot. Peyre was a fixture of that baseball field while I was growing up and played there. His commitment to the kids and his love of the game was always evident through his coaching, on and off the field. He had a tremendous influence on my outlook of the game and the development of my skill set. It’s been years since I have seen him or his family, but just know I’m terribly sorry for your loss and you’re in my thoughts. I am very sorry I cannot make the ceremony, I am sure it will be a beautiful.
Jason Williams

Linda Vincent Morgan

April 9, 2018

I am so saddened by the loss of Peyre! To all of his family, I send my most heartfelt condolences. May God's love surround you at this time and know that lots of people are praying for you. Let memories warm your heart. Linda Vincent Morgan

Fletcher Spigner III

April 8, 2018

I knew Peyre very pleasantly many years ago, and, of course, we 'kept up' with each other since we both were up and coming young Columbians! I was totally shocked to hear of your loss, and so saddened...such a good man in many ways. God bless you always. You all are in my prayers. I am so sorry.

Fletcher Spigner III

Pam Schoonover Lazorchak

April 8, 2018

To Peyre's family,
I knew Peyre in high school , my family were also patients in his dads medical practice when I was growing up.
I am so sorry for your loss.
Mrs Pamela Lazorchak
White Stone, Virginia

Carl Ellsworth

April 8, 2018

Dear Clare , Jerry and Scurry Family,
I was saddened to hear of Peyre's death. He was a great mentor of young men and coached my son at "The Childrens' Home" (PLBBL) one summer. Cap'n Hook knew the game and had a tremendous influence on so many lives. He helped make my son more than just an average hitter ("Look at the seams", boys), and he helped make him a man. God bless you.
Carl A. Ellsworth

Tricia Morgan

April 8, 2018

To Clare and family,
Joe and I are both thinking of you. It's been a while since we've seen you. How have so many years passed so quickly? We always loved spending time with you, your family, your dogs too. Peyre was a wonderful man and it's so hard to believe he's gone. But what great memories we all have. Stay strong and know we are sending warm thoughts and much love your way.
Tricia and Joe Morgan

Bob Nance

April 8, 2018

Peyre, we go back many years in school and at work. Extending my most heartfelt sympathy to the family.