OBITUARY

Mr. Wyatt "Sandy" Hamilton McNairy Jr.

December 30, 1943September 27, 2020

Surrounded by loved ones, Wyatt H. “Sandy” McNairy Jr went home to be with the Lord on September 27, 2020. After courageously battling cancer for numerous years, it was time for Sandy to enter into heaven, his final and permanent address.

Born in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1943, Sandy was the son of the late Wyatt H. McNairy and Mary Ruth McNeill McNairy. At the age of eleven, Sandy and his family moved to Greensboro, NC, making it his home for the rest of his life. In 1962, Sandy graduated from Page High School, and later in 1966 graduated from the University of North Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in history. While at Page and UNC, Sandy was a valued member of the varsity swim teams. Sandy is a retired educator, having taught at Southeast Guilford, Northeast Guilford, Allen Middle, and Mendenhall Middle. Additionally, he coached high school swimming, leading the boys’ Page High School team to win the state championship in 1993. Sandy also coached swimming at Caldwell Academy alongside his son and daughter-in-law, winning three state championships, and most recently has helped coach varsity swimming at Wesleyan Christian Academy.

Sandy dedicated a large amount of his time promoting the sport of swimming. He was an active member of the Greensboro Community Swim Association since its inception in 1959. As a Greensboro CSA swimmer, coach, parent of a swimmer and grandparent of swimmers, Sandy has been a constant supporter of the league and sport. Because of his love for swimming, Sandy volunteered as a swim instructor in the Learn to Swim program, sponsored by the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

As a long-time member of First Presbyterian in Greensboro, Sandy enjoyed being active in the church. He thoroughly enjoyed Wednesday night suppers, being involved with his small groups, as well as traveling with the church on mission trips, including Israel, Cuba, Egypt and many more. Additionally, he was a member of the Kiwanis Club and Meals on Wheels.

Spending time with family was Sandy’s greatest pastime and treasure. Whether it was a gathering at a family reunion or spending time with his immediate family, nothing could be more important. Sandy thoroughly cherished being with his loved ones. Most know that Sandy could be spotted watching his two granddaughters play soccer, swim at a meet, or perform at a school program. Family brought Sandy great joy.

Sandy is survived by his son, Wyatt H “Ashley” McNairy III (Megan) of Greensboro; two granddaughters Grace McNairy and Caroline McNairy; a sister, Frances McNairy Wilkins (Wink) of Roxboro. Due to the current Covid restrictions, a private service will be held for family and close friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Swim GSA at PO Box 10085, Greensboro, NC 27404.

Online condolences may be made at www.haneslineberryfhnorthelm.com.

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Alexandra Pappas

October 20, 2020

I'm so sad to learn of Sandy's passing. I have lived 2 houses up from him on Liberty for 5 years, and it was always such a joy to chat with him in the street. He was such a kind soul and great neighbor. I'll miss waving to him in the yard. Sending all my love to his family during this time <3

Danny Massie

October 1, 2020

To all of Sandy's family -
I didn't get to know Sandy until I became the Interim Minister at First Pres. in 2018 but we soon struck up a good friendship through mid-week meals at the church and get-togethers with mutual friends like Ed and Nancy Preston. I regret that I was on vacation when he was last hospitalized. He was a wonderful man and loved all his family and has left a good heritage. May God bless and sustain you as you grieve his loss.
Danny Massie

David Blue

October 1, 2020

I taught with Sandy at Northeast High School.
He was a really nice guy and friendly to all of his fellow faculty members. Very sorry to hear that he has left us way too soon.

Anna Heroy

September 30, 2020

Sandy and I taught together at Northeast High School. He was a great friend and a true gentleman. I am so sorry for your loss.
Anna Heroy

Carolyn McKinney

September 30, 2020

Ashely and Frances, please accept our condolences from Ron, Betty McNairy, and me. We remember his commitment to family and especially Carolyn and Dorothy. We recall his visits to Uncle Webb for many, many years. We appreciate the time he spent talking with Betty about the legacy of the McNairy family. He certainly carried on the long tradition of education and pride in the family.

I regret because of Covid that we will not be able to attend the private service, but know that we are with you.

Carolyn McKinney

Nan Claypool

September 30, 2020

Knew Sandy as a kind father when our boys were small. We were all part of swimming, FPC and lived very close together. I'm sure that he will be missed by many..

peter whitfield

September 30, 2020

Truly a great man with a passion for education and coaching. He was a role model for so many young men and women as a teacher and swim coach. I will always remember him for his passion and dignity under pressure. He faced his illness with resolve and pursued life without regret. My condolences to his family.

John Sullivan

September 30, 2020

My wife Janice and I were one of the families who knew Sandy from the Wednesday night suppers at FPC. His great smile was always a pleasant greeting to us. We will miss him. John Sullivan

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