Retired police Chief Ralph V. Pendergraph Sr. died Monday after losing a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Pendergraph, 70, was an officer with the Chapel Hill Police Department for 28 years, serving eight years as the chief of police before retiring in 2000. He is survived by his wife Toni Pendergraph, son Ralph Pendergraph, daughter Natalie Pendergraph and four grandchildren.
The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, at Hall-Wynne Funeral Home, 396 West St. in Pittsboro.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 7, at Cedar Grove United Methodist Church, located at 2791 Jones Ferry Road in Pittsboro. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Pendergraph was born May 21, 1944, at Watts Hospital in Durham to Thomas W. Pendergraph and Edna Lloyd Pendergraph.
The Orange County native attended Carrboro Elementary School, Chapel Hill High School and Mars Hill College, according to his obituary. He graduated from Durham Technical Community College, and joined the Navy in 1962, serving on the USS Boston.
Pendergraph, after leaving the Navy, worked for Technitrol in Research Triangle Park. He joined the Chapel Hill Police Department in 1973 and was promoted to chief in 1992. He taught young officers after retirement in the Criminal Justice Program at Alamance Community College.
A former Chapel Hill High football player, Pendergraph also coached community football teams in Carrboro and Chatham County. Former players who ran into him years later “would comment on the impact he had made on their lives,” the obituary stated.
The Pendergraph family has asked that memorial donations be directed to Cedar Grove United Methodist Church, 2791 Jones Ferry Road, Pittsboro, NC 27312.