BLOOD, JR., Willard Clarkson, age 93, of Tampa passed away Thursday, November 14, 2013. He was born September 17, 1920, son of Willard C. Blood, Sr. and Ellen C. Blood (both deceased) in Ocala, Florida. As a boy he spent time in both Tampa and Ocala, attending Mitchell Elementary in Tampa before graduating from Ocala High School. He is a veteran of World War II having served in the United States Coast Guard. He attended the Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. and spent his time in service patrolling the East coast from the Florida Keys to Newfoundland. He was honorably discharged in 1946 with the rank of Lieutenant JG. After service, he and his father ran their own residential construction business building homes in what is now known as Sunset Park in South Tampa. He later joined the Federal Housing Administration as a building inspector retiring in 1979. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, camping, boating and fishing. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Nancy; their children Ann Jessup (Dean) of Clearwater, Willard "Buddy" (Dale) of Tampa; grandchildren Ryan of Sarasota and Willard "Chad" of Tampa; caring aides from Bayada Jelsy, Wendy, Clarissa, Vanessa, Jeannie and Maria. A celebration of his life will be held at 4 pm on Thursday November, 21st at Blount & Curry Funeral Home, 605 S. MacDill Ave. Tampa, FL. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Lifepath Hospice of Hillsborough County.
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Published in TBO.com on Nov. 18, 2013