William "Coach" Underhill ended his earthly journey on Friday, August 17th at his home surrounded by his family. He was 66 years old. Coach "U" was born in Waterbury, CT on February 14, 1946 to Jennesse and Helen Underhill. He received his degree from Campbellsville University where he played #1 singles and doubles on the tennis team until his graduation in 1968. He was voted MVP in 1967 and 1968. Coach Underhill began his Florida teaching career at Woodward Elementary School in DeLand in 1969 where he taught physical education until his retirement in 2009. He was a substitute in PE for two additional years at both Southwestern Middle School and Volusia Pines Elementary. During these years, he was a teaching tennis Pro, (USPTA), at all three DeLand Tennis Facilities, as well as coaching tennis at DeLand High School and Stetson University under Mr. Ray Hussey. Bill played tournament in the 35 plus bracket where he was ranked #3 in doubles and #35 in singles in the State of Florida. Bill was a former member of the DeLand Lions Club, The City of DeLand Volunteer Fire Department, and VTO, as well as Trinity Methodist and New Light Methodist Churches. He is predeceased by his father, Jennesse and his sister June. He is survived by his Mother, Helen, wife Jodi and Margaret the Mother if his four children; Bill (Kim), Sharon (Larry), Karen (Chad) and Robb. He was adored by his stepchildren, Casey Marshall, Kendall Gleason and his seven grandchildren. Coach Underhill always felt fortunate that he had two careers, for many years that brought him great satisfaction and joy. He met so many kind people who he felt brought true meaning to his life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Coach Underhill's name to the Duvall Home in DeLand or the Bill Underhill Scholarship Fund for Lady Hatter Tennis at Stetson University. Services will be held at Woodward Elementary School on Saturday, August 25th at 1:00 pm. Online condolences may be made at www.summerhillfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are in the care of Allen-Summerhill Funeral Homes, Inc. DeLand, FL.
Allen-Summerhill Funeral Home
126 East New York Ave
Deland, FL 32724
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Aug. 21, 2012