Dorothy Harrill

HARRILL, Dorothy "Dottie" Harmon, 89, died February 15, 2014 at Suncoast Hospice Brookside. Dottie was born in Kings Mountain, NC, on November 12, 1924. She moved to Clearwater in 1952, where she lived until moving to Dunedin in 1998. Dottie worked as a bookkeeper for Clearwater Fuel Oil and Bradford and Sons Fuel Oil Companies until her retirement in 1998, but her family was always the focus of her life. She was a devoted and enthusiastic mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. In her early years in Clearwater, she served as a leader in both Girl and Boy Scouts and coached Little League and softball teams and cheerleading squads. In the 1950s she was also active as a properties manager behind the scenes at the Francis Wilson Playhouse. In later years, she was a volunteer at the National Armed Services and Law Enforcement Memorial Museum and the Dunedin Friends of the Library bookstore and spearheaded a successful drive to obtain reclaimed water for Belle Terre subdivision. She was a charter member of Northwood Presbyterian Church. Throughout her life, she performed random acts of kindness that touched hundreds of people and was famous among those who knew her for her brilliant smile and enthusiasm for living. Her hobbies included reading, gardening, and walking, and she was a fantastic cook, specializing in Southern delicacies such as cheese grits and chocolate pound cakes. She was a faithful attendee at her exercise class at the Hale Senior Center. Dottie collected Department 56 Christmas village and delighted family and friends with its display throughout her home each Christmas. Dottie is survived by her children, Sarah Harrill, Charlotte and Bill Douglas, and Elizabeth Harrill, all of Dunedin; Don and Mary Ann Harrill of Belleair Bluffs; Bill and Lynn Harrill of Inverness; and Jo Ellen Harrill of Holiday. Her son, J. Ben Harrill, predeceased her in 2010. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Dawn and Michael Hudson of Gainesville, GA; Meredith Harrill of Santa Barbara, CA; Will and Valerie Harrill of St. Petersburg; James Harrill of Orlando, and Joseph and Jen Harrill of Winter Springs; and her great grandchildren Nora Harrill and Jaycee, Fisher, Foster, and Camille Hudson. She is survived also by her sister and brother-in-law, Mary Ann and Palmer Huffstetler of Cherryville, NC, and sister-in-law Demaris Sanders of Clearwater. Other survivors include several Huffstetler and Harmon nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews in North Carolina. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 1st at 2 p.m. at Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church in Dunedin. A reception will follow at the church. Interment will be in Kings Mountain. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dunedin Friends of the Library and mailed to Dunedin Friends of the Library, Attention: Ginger Herdman, 223 Douglas Avenue, Dunedin, FL 34698. Dobies FH/Tarpon

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Published in TBO.com on Feb. 20, 2014