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William S. Hathaway, age 97, of New Smyrna Beach, died Tuesday, February 26 at the Hospice of Volusia /Flagler Southeast Volusia Care Center. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Mr. Hathaway came to this area in 1946 from Homestead, Florida. A U.S. Army Captain serving in Africa and Europe during World War II, he was awarded the Bronze Star. Mr. Hathaway owned and operated Hathaway's Food Store on Flagler Avenue until 1990. Active in the community, Mr. Hathaway served on the New Smyrna Beach planning and zoning board, and was elected both city commissioner and mayor. He was also a member of the Chamber of Commerce. He was a 50 year plus member of the First Baptist Church of New Smyrna Beach, and a member of the New Smyrna Beach Municipal Golf Course, American Legion Post 17, and Elks Lodge #1557. Survivors include his wife, Lucille; two sons, Bill and wife, Joanne, and Jim and wife, Paula, all of New Smyrna Beach; a daughter, Linda Fentress and husband Charlie of Nashville, Tennessee; a sister, Anne McGlamery of Sacramento, California; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 2 in the Family Life Center of the First Baptist Church of New Smyrna Beach, with the Reverend Luke McKinney officiating. Entombment will follow in the mausoleum at New Smyrna-Edgewater Cemetery. Friends may call at the Settle-Wilder New Smyrna Beach Chapel from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Friday. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia/Flagler, Attn: Southeast Volusia Care Center, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL 32129. Condolences may be sent to www.settlewilderfuneralhome.com.
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Feb. 28, 2013