David Warrington Hedrick, 92, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, from complications of Parkinson's disease.
Mr. Hedrick, son of Edith and Fredrick Hedrick, an old Florida family, was born in Jacksonville, Fla., and attended grammar school and high school in Jacksonville. After high school, he went on to attend the University of Florida and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida in 1940. While there, he became a member of the Alpha Tae Omega (ATO) fraternity and was named to Florida Blue Key, Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Delta Phi. Prior to World War II, in which he served as an officer at headquarters under General Rose in the U.S. Third Armored Division, 54th Artillery, he became active in military affairs as an Army reserve officer. When the war came, he served with distinction in the European Theatre of Operations. He returned from WWII as a captain with five battle stars, the Bronze Star and the Belgium CroixdeGere. He stayed in the reserve and retained the rank of colonel and retired in 1978.
In 1947, David Hedrick graduated with honors from the University of Florida Law School and remained very active with the law school as a class representative and supporter. In 1948, he became associated with the noted LeRoy B. Giles, longtime Orlando lawyer. He became a name partner in 1953 of the prestigious law firm, Giles, Hedrick and Robinson. Jim Robinson, a law partner of Dave Hedrick was very complimentary of Dave; not only for his legal wisdom, but for their approximately 40 years of law practice together. Even when a difference of opinion occurred, they settled it amicably and pleasantly; thus they enjoyed a happy relationship for many years. His many accomplishments and honors include being senior warden of St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida, past president of the Orlando Jaycees, University Club of Orlando and the United Way of Orange County and held a position on the Board of the Central Florida Boy Scouts. In the practice of law, he was a member of the Florida Bar and American Bar Associations and became president of the Orange County Bar Association. For several years, he served on the board of the YMCA. He was also a member of the Orlando Country Club. He was a Gator booster and loved Gator football. David Hedrick was an Eagle Scout as a boy and as an adult took an active role in scouting. He and Father Quigley formed Troop 200 at St. Michael's Episcopal Church.
Upon his two sons, John and Steve becoming Scout age, he became Scoutmaster of Troop 200 and had many young men become Eagle Scouts under his direction. Today, many of these men are leaders in our community. David was the recipient of the distinguished Eagle Award, the Silver Beaver Award and Camp David Hedrick was named in his honor. A number of years ago the mayor of Orlando, Carl T. Langford, praised David when he wrote: "A man who devotes his time to our young men, helping them to grow into responsible citizens, has my unreserved respect. You are to be commended for helping to guide the future leaders of our nation."
David Hedrick is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 20 years, Sherra. He is also survived by his three sons, John (Dorothy) of Monticello, Fla., Stephen of Casselberry, Fla., and William Duke, Orlando, Fla.; one grandson, Stephen John Hedrick of Casselberry; also, his beloved pets, Peaches, Dino, Chloe and Misty. He is survived by his sister, Katherine Coudon; sister-in-law, Mary Hedrick; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers, Cleveland and Jackson Hedrick; and sister, Mary Ellen McCollum.
We would like to give thanks to Dr. Jeffrey Mueller for extending his life the past nine years and to the Wellness department of Florida Hospital Rehab (Lori) for keeping him strong and making him laugh and especially to the wonderful Hospice of the Comforter nurses for making his last days comfortable.
The service will be held at 1 p.m. EDT Saturday, March 27, 2010, at St. Michael's Church, 2499 N. Westmoreland Drive, Orlando, FL 32804.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of the Comforter, 480 W. Central Parkway, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714; St. Michael's Church; or The Boy Scout Troop 200, c/o St. Michael's Church, 2499 N. Westmoreland Drive, Orlando, FL 32804
Published in Panama City News Herald on Mar. 24, 2010.