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Thomas "Tommy" Hagood
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Birth: 1931
Fort Worth
Tarrant County
Texas, USA
Death: Aug., 2008
Florida, USA

At the age of five, Tommy moved to Orlando, Florida with his parents, Lee and Pearl Hagood, and brothers Jerome and Ralph. In 1938 his baby sister, Saundra, was born in Orlando and had the upbringing that only three older brothers can provide a "Baby Sis". Tommy attended Orlando High School (OHS) where he was a member of Omega Xi, high school fraternity and graduated in 1944. He immediately enlisted in the US Navy and served the remainder of World War II. After the War, he received his honorable discharge and returned to Orlando. In 1947 Tommy, along with his brothers and father, established Hagood Brothers, Inc. - the Orlando family boat business. During this same time he was accepted into Rollins College and successfully graduated in 1950 with a major in Physics - a love and interest he carried throughout his life. Rollins played a key role in Tommy's life. Tommy was a daredevil. Beginning with winning the Soap Box Derby and going to the National Championship he began a long career in racing, from hydroplanes to the Mississippi River Marathon. His love of speed and talent in mechanics and engineering forged a close relationship with Karl Kiekhaefer (Mercury Marine founder) and helped build the reputation of Mercury outboards as exceptional racing machines and the "must have" motor. Tommy won many boat racing National Championships in the U.S. and Canada. Tommy also owned one of the first NASCAR stock racing cars, which was driven by one of the early famous NASCAR drivers, Tim Flock. He loved his Chrysler 300's! Tommy personally was one of the first to break 100 mph on Daytona Beach - yes they used to "legally" race on the Beach! Tommy loved animals, the wilderness, and traveling. He was a proud member of the "River Rats" who spent their weekends boating on the St. John's River with family and friends. He loved to help everyone out in any way that he could. On the river he could always be found fixing someone's "kicker", at the lake - during a race - he would be hard at work getting fellow competitors' motor back in the race, fixing a race prop, or doing whatever it took to keep his fellow racers on the water, going fast, going left! Tommy's love of helping people and open giving of his talents with all things mechanical built his business - his family business, Hagood Brothers, Inc. - into a well- respected operation in Orlando. Tommy's youngest son, Michael, now runs the business. In the Spring of 1956, Tommy met Nancy Shepherd, a famous New York fashion model. The Sentinel ran with the headline "Orlando Speed Demon meets New York Fashion model". After a whirlwind courtship, Tommy and Nancy wed. They had four children: Susan, Tom, Elisabeth, and Michael. In 1993, Nancy passed away. In 1998, during the 48th year reunion of Rollins College, Tommy and Joyce Yeomans Dreier (former college sweethearts) rekindled their relationship. Two years later Tommy and Joyce were married. Their marriage expanded Tommy's family with Joyce's son and two daughters. Tommy and Joyce enjoyed living in Kansas City, MO and Rancho Mirage, CA. Survived by his wife, Joyce Hagood; sister, Saundra Gray /Charles; children, Susan McLean/George, Tom/Jill, Elisabeth, Michael/Laurel; step-children, David Dreier, Dana Dreier Lamont, Denise Dreier Despars; ten adoring grandchildren, Phillip, Reed, Nick, Haley, Mackenzie, Alexis, Grant, Hunter, Lee, Morgan; nieces and nephews, Randy, Helen, Mary Lee, Karl, Terese, John, Lee; and great nieces and nephews: Melissa, Amanda, Kristen, Dana, Robbie, Ryan, Andrew, Caroline, Kristen, Savanah, John. Tommy was predeceased by older brothers, Jerome and Ralph. Services to celebrate the life and love of Tommy Hagood will be held this Thursday, August 14th, at Rollins College, Knowles Memorial Chapel at 3PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The Hagood Cultural Center at Great Oaks Village in Orlando (1718 E. Michigan Street Orlando, FL 32806).

Published; The Orlando Sentinel, (FL)
Date: August 11, 2008 
 
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 Spouse:
  Joyce Yeomans Dreier Hagood (1926 - 2008)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Unknown
 
Created by: Ms Martie Martin
Record added: Jun 21, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 92326007
 

THANK YOU for your service; WORLD WAR II Vet
- Ms Martie Martin
 Added: Jun. 21, 2012
 
 
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