Saw this news this morning over at the News and Record online site, while surfing the obituaries and it hit me like line drive making a major impact/dent/impression….You see it, you sort of expect it, and then you begin to believe it….Eddie Waynick gone at age 58…
SUMMERFIELD Edward Bryan Waynick, 58, died Saturday, March 31, 2018. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 5, 2018, at 4 p.m. at Westover Church, 505 Muirs Chapel Rd., Greensboro. Gate City Cremations is serving the family.
I remember Eddie Waynick back from his days playing youth baseball in the Guilford College community for Stumpy Brown and the Guilford College Red Sox….Eddie’s older brother Tommy Waynick was the top talent on that team and they had Tommy Waynick, Eddie Waynick, Tripp Ellington, Tim Sapp, Mark Freeman, Hal Wagner, Davey Welborne, Mike Welborne and at the end of the day, they pretty much had the top team in the Guilford College Community…
Eddie Waynick was a pure baseball talent and his talent development did end on that field at the old Guilford College Junior High School…
Eddie Waynick left that Guilford College youth league and went to play high school baseball for the Western Guilford Hornets, then on to college and I’m pretty sure he was on the field at High Point College, again with his brother Tommy, with Mike Everett and with Randy Wilhoit, all local Guilford College Community baseball players….*****Brother Tommy, Mike Everett and Randy Wilhoit were all at High Point, but Eddie Waynick was a standout for the North Carolina Tar Heels’ baseball team…*****(Maybe Kathy Waynick, their sister, should have walked on at N.C. State.)
The word for the books is it was Eddie on the baseball field at UNC-Chapel Hill, Tommy playing college baseball at High Point and then younger brother Charlie playing college baseball at East Carolina University….When you stop and think about that for a second, very diverse on the part of the Waynicks, UNC, HPU/High Point College and ECU….
All of those Waynicks were great in baseball and not bad in basketball either, but when it comes to baseball, they were the best around….They had it in their DNA….Their bloodlines connected them to the Ferrells, George Ferrell, Rick Ferrell and Wes Ferrell, with brothers Rick and Wes both being in the Major Baseball Hall of Fame….I’m thinking George was Eddie’s grandfather, with Rick and Wes being like great uncles….
But look at those baseball bloodlines….Rick and Wes Ferrell, both from around that Guilford College community and both in the BasebalL Hall of Fame and both being relatives of Eddie Waynick…
Not totally sure how the order of progression worked, but Eddie Waynick also worked as a professional baseball player and how ironic, he was in the Red Sox organization from what I’ve been told and that takes him back to his early days with the Guilford College Red Sox and Stumpy Brown and then wouldn’t you know it Eddie Waynick even spent some time playing baseball with the Winston-Salem team in the Carolina League, back when Winston-Salem was tied in with the Red Sox and he was there on the High Class A level of professional baseball…
It blew my mind, but I was very impressed when I learned one Summer that Eddie Waynick was playing for what I think was back then, the Winston-Salem Spirits, in the Carolina League….Looking back and saying when I was a kid, I had played against a future professional baseball player, and how about that???
But that was Eddie Waynick….We all knew Tommy was great and I had heard in the grand scheme of things Charlie would become the best overall Waynick baseball player of them all, but Eddie was the one that made the move toward the top and hit the professional baseball ranks/system…..
In some ways this family was like nothing you had ever seen before….I might say like the Jetsons on steroids, but that might be an unfair comparison/assessment….The Waynicks were ahead of the curve and that is a good baseball term to throw in here…I mean when it came to baseball, and in some ways basketball, nobody could keep up with them, they were that good….
The mom of the family, Bonnie Waynick, was Bonnie Ferrell before she married Howard Waynick and Bonnie Ferrell, might just be the best female athlete to ever come out of the Guilford College community….I did not see her play back in the day, but I can verify based upon what I was told, and I was told in basketball, nobody could compare to Bonnie Waynick…She was the best female basketball player to come through the Guilford College community back in the day…..Better maybe even than Lisa Stockton, now in the head coach at Tulane University and Stockton is in the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame….Bonnie Ferrell Waynick was the best ever, at least that is what I was told, by very many in the know….
So Howard and Bonnie Waynick begot Eddie Waynick and Eddie was just plain smooth…He did his baseball work and for the most part his basketball work too, like he had been doing it his entire life, and I guess for the most part he probably had, and he played the game like he knew it inside and out and he was several levels above the rest of us out there, even though he was two to three years younger, than the students in my class…
Eddie’s mom was also a teacher and I never had her for a teacher(she was teaching on the elementary level after leaving for a few years to have her children and then returning to classroom) any way, Mrs. Waynick taught me a few lessons about life that I will never forgot, about how to treat and respect people and she passed those same principles on to her own children…
Eddie Waynick is much/very worthy of this post today and the space we are giving him is because he was a one-of-a-kind person…Always a smile on his face, and we don’t see that enough these days…And with that Eddie Waynick smile, I remember him having a silver front tooth back when he as in his early school days and I guess that tooth was one that got capped and you never know, Tommy Waynick may have knocked Eddie’s tooth out with a fast ball, because Tommy Waynick could take anybody out with a fastball…He nearly killed me a couple of times and that is how you earn someone’s respect in baseball, knock them down and you hope you don’t have to knock them out….
The Waynicks sure got my attention and demanded my respect, because they were like a farm team all living in the same house together and they were not farming-type people…The had a sophistication about them that really would get your attention….
Eddie’s father, Howard Wayick was a big tall man with a flat-top haircut and he would have construction projects going on, all over the place….The Howard Waynick Construction Company was one to be respected….
So Eddie Waynick came from good means, but he was not one to flaunt it….He as a natural guy who could flat out play some baseball and I heard he was a very good golfer too….
If you ever came through the Guilford College Community and heard anything at all about baseball, you knew the name of the Ferrells, which gave way to the Waynicks and that was the baseball lineage that carried the lumber in our neighborhood/community….
Wes Ferrell, Rick Ferrell, George Ferrell, Bonnie Ferrell Waynick, Howard Waynick, Tommy Waynick, Charlie Waynick, Kathy Waynick and there was the one we just lost, Eddie Waynick…..I may be wrong, I think Charlie and Cathy may have been brother and sister twins….
Back in the day, this was what the doctors that evaluate how the perfect family should be set up would say, “This is It”(Waynicks)….
Sure got my attention and I remember a lot about this family tree since they all were so successful in sports and the best of all, could well be “The Man”, Edward Bryan Waynick, know by most he came contact with, as Eddie Waynick….
This man was one was of the best baseball players that you would ever see take to the diamond, but at the end of the day, he was just a good down-to-earth person that loved his family and his friends…..Eddie Waynick was as nice a person that that you would ever meet, and let’s hope we meet him again someday up there at “Paradise Park”, where I hear they are playing a doubleheader today and Eddie Waynick will be pitching in Game Two….
Eddie Waynick leaves behind his wife Dana and a daughter, and his mom and siblings…A good man that deserves to rest in peace, so we close our piece here today saying, RIP Eddie Waynick, always bringing a smile to someone’s day…..