Satellite Beach, FL
William Latimer Scattergood, 86, departed this world on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.
He was born in Augusta, GA, to William Bailey Scattergood and Olga Latimer Scattergood.
He grew up hunting, boating and building hot rods. He earned his amateur radio license and pilot's license at sixteen. He met his lifelong love and future wife, Peggy Joyce Hardy at a childhood dance.
After serving in the Army
as a radar tech, the pair moved to Florida to start a career in the space industry. He loved the work he felt privileged to do. He began working in manned space flight, and was proud to have been working within the lunar flight team, landing the first men on the moon. He retired thirty years later, reluctantly leaving the space shuttle program. He enjoyed the outdoors, and loved to go camping. This led to his love for the Ocala National Forest, and he chose to build his home away from home there, a little log cabin on the shore of Lake Owens.
Born a thrill seeker, he enjoyed motorcycling and participated in many off-road races. He rode his motorcycle to work, rain or shine, for 25 years.
His love for flying and fabrication led him into flying gyroplanes. He built and flew more than five different "gyrocopters". He enjoyed attending fly-ins, and could be seen over the beaches of Brevard County most every weekend.
He was an active member at St. Mark's United Methodist Church and participated in many Habitat for Humanity construction projects.
Bill was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Julie Ann Dean. He is survived by his wife, Peggy Joyce; son, William Lee; daughter, Lisa Ann with life partner Connie Sue Lowe; grandsons Dallas Ray McDonald and John Anthony McDonald.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, March 9, 2014 from 5-7pm at the Life Event Center at Florida Memorial. A funeral service will take place on Monday, March 10, 2014 at 2:00pm at St. Mark's United Methodist Church. Entombment will follow at Florida Memorial Gardens.