William A. (Bill) Harwood (1919 - 2018)

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William A. Harwood (Bill)
04/16/1919 - 05/17/2018
William A. Harwood (Bill), left this world on May 17th. He was born April 16th, 1919 and grew up in Sale Creek, Tennessee. At eighteen, he spent a summer in Winter Park working at an orange packing facility. He was then called to serve in the army during WWII. A favorite story from that time involved he and another soldier encountered enemy civilians, a girl and her elderly mother. They showed kindness, giving them food and water. The later led to a reprimand by commanding officers. Bill said he would do it all over again as compassion comes first. He later ended his tour receiving the Purple Heart. He returned to Tennessee and married Margaret Ellen Arnold. He worked as an accountant and even served as mayor during the early 1950's. During that time, he became friends with the governor, who told Bill that he had built the largest private pool in the southeast. Bill saw this as a fun challenge, so he built a pool that was slightly larger and deeper. The house with that pool stayed in the family for decades serving as a source for many childhood memories. In 1955, after the birth of their only child, Elaine, they moved to Ormond Beach, Florida. They owned and operated the Town & Country Motel. This led to his career in the motel business. He served as VP of Quality Courts motels. When the chain moved up north, Bill stayed in Florida and became the VP for Red Carpet Inns. He retired in 1975. He has had many successful business ventures over the years, including the Townline Bar and Package, which has been a longtime landmark in the area. Bill lived life to the fullest. He loved people and was always ready to help a person in need. His positive attitude and humor was contagious. He loved his music, listening to the "boys" from the Frank Sinatra era. He played bridge, swam, biked, and played golf until he was 90. In recent years he lived at the Riviera Senior Living community, where the staff loved him like family and he always bragged about the delicious food. Bill was proceeded in death by his wife of 34 years, Margaret Ellen. He is survived by his daughter, Elaine Harwood, two grandchildren, Addison and Heath Hawkins, and many Tennessee relatives. He will be missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing him.

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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal from June 18 to June 23, 2018
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