OBITUARY

Weldon Wright Scrogham

April 5, 1939April 17, 2021

Weldon Wright Scrogham, 82, of Waynesboro Va passed away on April 17th, 2021. He was born in Crimora, Va on April 5th, 1939 and was married to Phyllis (Turner) Scrogham. Weldon was the son of the late FW and Margaret Wright Scrogham and a member of the First Baptist Church of Waynesboro.

Weldon was the proprietor of G&W Motorwerkes, Ltd and built a successful business from humble beginnings in 1969. He was a Northeast Division SCCA champion race driver and noted worldwide expert in the Porsche brand, winning the Porsche Club of America’s top award for Concours restoration an unprecedented four times and serving as an honored judge at the Amelia Island and Pebble Beach Concours.

He never met a stranger, and his favorite pastime was buying lunch for an unsuspecting patron at one of his favorite lunch spots. Known for his collection of special hats and easy smile, Weldon was a friend to many in the area. He truly cared about other people, and took time out of his day to help others even in the last days of his life. He believed you could accomplish anything you set your mind to, if you had enough self-discipline and respect for self and others.

While serving in the US Army Corps of Engineers in Germany in the late 1950’s, Weldon saw his first Porsche and asked someone nearby, “What kind of car is that?” They responded “a Porsche,” and he knew he would own one someday. This chance meeting of the little-known German sports car would shape the rest of his life. He bought, restored and sold countless Porsche cars, specializing for many years in the Porsche Speedster. He likely has owned more Speedsters than any other person in the world!

His love for the Porsche automobile was second only to his love for his family.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his first wife Katherine of 13 years and their three children, Cole, Carole and Cassie; Cole (Suanne) Scrogham’s three children Sydney (Joseph) McGow-Russell, Michael (Sierra) Scrogham and son Oliver, and Luke Scrogham, Carole (Adam) Saal’s two children Reed and Adaline, and Cassie (Darren) Estes daughter Breigh, a sister Janice (Garfield) Painter, a brother Gary (Linda) Scrogham and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins including one special niece Karissa.

Family and friends may pay their respects and sign the guestbook from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at the Waynesboro Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes.

A private graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Barrett Owen and Rev. John Ward.

The family suggests that memorials may be made to the Shenandoah Hospice House in Fishersville, Va at the following link: https://www.augustahealth.com/hospice/gifts-bequests, your favorite charity in his name, or “pay it forward” by buying someone’s lunch today.

  • DONATIONS

  • Shenandoah Hospice House
  • your favorite charity in his name, or “pay it forward” by buying someone’s lunch today

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021

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Weldon Wright Scrogham

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Mitra Maraj

April 27, 2021

We at Champion Porsche are deeply sadden to hear the passing of Weldon. The Porsche community has lost another great. He spoke of his fond memories of conversations on the track and his phone call was greatly appreciated. Sending you our warmest condolences and thoughts of peace during this time.

From Mitra Maraj, Mike Peters and Champion Porsche

William and Jean Noroski

April 24, 2021

Phyllis, Cole and family,

I’m so sorry to hear that Weldon, a real Southern Gentleman, has passed away. Weldon was a good friend of mine, I’d like to share a story with you.

Our first encounter was at an early PCA Parade. I happened to be standing behind him at Registration. As he completed his "sign in," and turned to leave, he spotted me. He told me “there is only one more garage spot available to entrants, ask for it.” A garage spot sounded like a very good idea since I didn't know the lay of the land. I certainly didn't want to prepare my car for the concours on the dirt or grass. My garage spot was right next to his. We began to work on our respective cars together and we passed comments back and forth. It didn't take long for me to realize that this guy from Virginia was special. He seemed to know everyone and everything about cars, especially the 356A which both of us were preparing. In fact, we were going to be competing against each other the very next day. But, that made no difference to Weldon. He was cordial, helpful and delightful to work alongside in every way. His kindness certainly made an impression. That was the beginning of a close and long lasting friendship.

Weldon will definitely be missed. He was a true friend, always giving, always caring – a real Southern Gentleman. Thinking of you ALL as you celebrate Weldon’s life.

Bill and Jean Noroski

Charles Carter

April 24, 2021

What an amazing man Weldon was and what a remarkable life he had. I feel so honored and lucky that I got to know him.
Caring thoughts are with you.
Charles C .

Ls Chaney

April 22, 2021

Phyllis we were so sorry to hear about Weldon and wanted to extend our condolences. I came up with Greg Crandall yesterday and I’m sorry we missed you, just know that you are in my thoughts.

Les Chaney

Debbie Chandler

April 22, 2021

Sending love, prayers and heartfelt condolences to the Scrogham family. Know that Weldon lives on inside each and everyone of you through your memories of him and love for him. Love never ends.

Susan McGee

April 22, 2021

Phyllis and Family,
Greg and I are just heartbroken 💔 to hear of Weldon's passing. We treasured his and your friendship over the years. Weldon's stories of Porsches bought and sold and raced will forever be precious memories for us. The brief time we had with you and Weldon at Amelia Island Concours d'elegance last year was special. We have laughed remembering all of the special moments with you and your wonderful caring husband.
Sending all our love and deepest sympathy,
Susan and Greg McGee

Bill Hartong

April 22, 2021

Phyllis, Cole and family
What a great guy. John Muller introduced me to Weldon as I wanted to get started in Vintage racing in 1991. What a perfect choice. Weldon was a friend and mentor over the next 30 years on all things Porsche with a touch of mischief. I will truly miss him.

Mark Schultz

April 21, 2021

I met Weldon years ago at rennsport reunion.A kind and gentle man,who always had a smile and a great Porsche story.Would always answer the phone and at the end of the conversation he would ask..when are ya coming to see me...a great loss and a great man,my condolences,he will be missed ......

Steve & Denise England

April 21, 2021

Always a smile. Always a story. Always a friend.
Will certainly be missed.
Phyllis, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kirk Shimazu

April 21, 2021

Dear Phyllis, Cole and Family, I'm just learning of Weldon's passing. Deeply sadden to hear this. He was an inspiration to me and I'm sure many in the Porsche world. May he rest in peace knowing he touched so many of us. My condolences to you.

FROM THE FAMILY