Dr. William Thomas McFatter, Jr., age 88, passed away July 2 at the childhood home of his wife of 52 years, Edna Jean Brock McFatter (1927-2005). He was a native of Washington County Vernon, and the son of the late William T. McFatter, Sr. and Lillian Minchin McFatter. He attended Vernon Public Schools and graduated from Marion Military Institute in 1944. Bill entered the Army in 1944, was assigned to the 56th Armored Infantry Battalion, 12th Armored Division, Rhineland, Central Europe, and was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries received April 1, 1945. He enrolled at the University of Florida in 1947 where he received a Bachelor's, Master's and Doctorate Degree in Education. Bill taught two years in Apalachicola, before being elected Superintendent of Schools in Washington County, at the age of 26 and serving eight years. He accepted a position as Assistant Superintendent in Broward County in 1961 and was appointed Superintendent of Schools in 1979, a position held until 1984. The McFatter Technical Center (now Technical College) and the McFatter Technical High School were subsequently named in his honor. After serving as Associate Superintendent of Schools in Fulton County, Ga., (1986-1996) and Interim Superintendent (1996), he and Jean retired to Stuart.
He is survived by two sons, William Thomas McFatter, III, DDS and Clarence Gregory McFatter; grandchildren, William Brent, Darren Gregory, Katie Ann and William Brock, and, sister Carol McFatter Hudson.
A memorial service and reception will begin at 11 a.m., on July 19, 2014 at Shiloh Baptist Church, Chipley. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the McFatter Scholarship Foundation, McFatter Technical College and High School, 6500 Nova Drive, Davie, Florida 33317.
Peel Funeral Home
301 East Evans Avenue Bonifay, FL 32425
Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on July 16, 2014