William Dorsey Harrod
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William Dorsey Harrod, 82, passed away peacefully at his home in Waukeenah, Florida, on Thursday, October 11, 2012. A memorial service will be held at 11a.m. on Saturday, October 13, at Beggs Funeral home Monticello Chapel (850-997-5612), 485 East Dogwood Street, Monticello, Florida 32344. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the chapel. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Bill's name to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd, Tallahassee, FL 32308, Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, P. O .Box 2000, Boys Ranch, FL 32064-9984, or
Bill was born and raised in Ellenton, Florida. He graduated from Manatee High School and was drafted into the Army. He served two years and a tour of Korea where he was an MP. Bill used his GI bill to earn a degree at the University of Florida and became a loyal Florida Gator fan. He worked in the dairy industry for several years before joining The Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services where he met his wife, Virgie, and retired after 25 years. He was a faithful member of the Church of Christ in Monticello, Florida.
Bill is survived by his wife Virgie of Waukeenah and two sisters, Mary Jo Bantle of Sarasota, Florida, and Carolyn (Wilbur) Harkness of Midland, Texas; three stepdaughters Sharon (Stephen) Lenzo, Melanie (Lloyd) Monroe, and Kimberly (Drew) Norman, seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren, two nieces, three nephews and a host of other family members, all who loved him dearly and brought much joy into his life.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ora Lee and Dorsey Harrod and a sister Joyce (Bob) Miller.
Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Oct. 13, 2012