Family-Placed Death Notice
TODD, William WILLIAM NORTON TODD William Norton Todd was no ordinary man, and the Atlanta community suffers a considerable loss by his unexpected passing. Born in Sandersville, Georgia, William (better known as Bill), made a defining difference in the community-at-large by his good deeds and the manner in which he touched so many lives. Following his graduation from Emory University in 1952, where he was a member of the Emory Glee Club and the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, he served his country admirably with a two year tour of duty in the United States Army. In Korea he walked the rice paddies with his fellow soldiers in an effort to disarm underground mines. Returning from Korea, he began what would turn out to be a 39 year career with Southern Bell, later to become BellSouth. Bill was an energetic BellSouth District Manager and chose to make a difference in the community by helping to establish two area churches: North Decatur Presbyterian Church and St. Luke's Presbyterian Church in Dunwoody. In the year 1976, he married what would be the love of his life, Martha Sutton Todd, and began yet another community mission. Encouraged by Dr. Jim Collins of Peachtree Christian Church and the acclaimed developer, D. Scott Hudgens, Bill Todd forged ahead by supervising the construction of Peachtree Christian Hospice, which had long been a dream of Mr. Hudgens. Through the generous funding of Mr. Hudgens and his family, the dream became a reality, at which time Bill Todd was named President of Peachtree Christian Hospice, Inc. and Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors. Over the years, Bill Todd furthered the presence of the hospice mission by his support of the Gwinnett Hospital System, American Cancer Society, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Duluth Fall Festival, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, Duluth Merchants Association, Rainbow Village, and the Boy Scouts of America. By way of two significant donations contributed by the Scott Hudgens Family Foundation, the future expansion of Peachtree Christian Hospice is to be dedicated to Bill and Martha Todd. Mr. Todd is survived by his wife, Martha, and their five children; Caron DuRant, (husband, Dr. Jimmy DuRant); William N. Todd, Jr.; David Todd (wife, Teri); Pam LaVangie (husband, Gregg); and Elaine Arnett, (husband, Bruce). Other survivors include their nine grandchildren & 2 great grandchildren. Bill Todd's warm smile and gentle spirit will be sorely missed by all who were privileged to know him. Funeral services will be held Saturday January 26 at 2:00pm at Peachtree Christian Church the family will receive guest one hour prior. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Peachtree Christian Hospice. Online condolences made be made at hmpattersonspringhill.com.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Jan. 24 to Jan. 25, 2013