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William Hamer “Bill” Beardall Sr.

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William Hamer “Bill” Beardall Sr.

Birth
Death
7 Jul 2011 (aged 87)
Burial
Orlando, Orange County, Florida, USA GPS-Latitude: 28.5374668, Longitude: -81.358012
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Published in the Orlando Sentinel on July 9, 2011

BEARDALL, WILLIAM H., William Hamer Beardall "Bill", 87, passed away on July 7, 2011, Born October 31, 1923 in Orlando to Shadie and William Beardall. A lifelong area resident, Bill saw many changes during his long lifetime. After attending Delaney Elementary School (now the Mayor William Beardall Senior Center named for his father), Bill attended the former Cherokee Junior High School and OHS (the old Orlando Senior High School) before graduating as valedictorian of his class at Sewanee Military School in 1941.

Entering the University of Florida as World War II neared, he became an officer in ROTC. In 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and soon thereafter transferred to the Army Air Corps, becoming a B-25 pilot and 1st Lieutenant. After the War he returned to the University of Florida, graduating with a law degree in 1948.

He joined the family owned Fidelity Title and Guaranty Company as in-house counsel, and practiced law for fifty years in the law firm of Beardall, Gridley and Lewis, later Beardall and Blankner, PA.

In early 1949 he married Mary Graham Ford. Together they raised a family including a daughter, Mary Graham Hoffmann (Fred) of Deland; a son, William Hamer Beardall, Jr. (Jeanne Cook) of Austin, Texas; a daughter, Laura
Livingston McLeod (David) of Orlando; a son, John Ford Beardall; and a son, Harald Martyn Beardall III (Roxana) of Tallahassee. Bill is also survived by ten grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, a brother, Jon Bonser ("Jack") Beardall of St. Cloud and a number of others who became part of Bill's and Mary's family in a very real sense.

In addition to practicing law, running Fidelity Title and Guaranty and raising his own family, Bill coached a Pony League (thirteen and fourteen year olds) baseball team for twenty two years, and led a large Presbyterian youth fellowship. He served as Elder and Deacon at both First Presbyterian Church of Orlando and at Winter Park Presbyterian Church. An active member of the Orlando Rotary Club, he served as its President and on its Board of Directors, receiving the Rotary Lifetime Service Award in 2009. In 1967 he was named the Orange County YMCA Man of the Year. In June of 1968 the Beardalls were featured as the Orlando Sentinel "Couple of the Week." Always a good carpenter and craftsman, Bill helped Winter Park Presbyterian Church construct five Habitat for Humanity houses in Winter Park, and joined the Church's mission teams, working on construction projects with AIR (Alliance for Reforestation) in Guatemala, with Young Life in Nicaragua, and with Scripture Union's centers for homeless boys in Peru. Bill will be remembered as an infinitely patient and tireless servant to his community, to his family, and to all those whom God committed into his care.

A service in celebration of Bill's life will be held at the Winter Park Presbyterian Church, 400 S. Lakemont Ave. at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26. Those wishing to honor Bill's memory may make a donation to: Winter Park Presbyterian Church (Health Ministry), 400 S. Lakemont Ave, Winter Park, FL 32792, The Equal Justice Center (legal aid for low-wage working people), 510 S. Congress Ave., Suite 206, Austin TX 78704,
www.equaljusticecenter.org Society of St. Andrew (gleaning ministry), P.O. Box 536842, Orlando, FL 32853 [email protected]
Published in the Orlando Sentinel on July 9, 2011

BEARDALL, WILLIAM H., William Hamer Beardall "Bill", 87, passed away on July 7, 2011, Born October 31, 1923 in Orlando to Shadie and William Beardall. A lifelong area resident, Bill saw many changes during his long lifetime. After attending Delaney Elementary School (now the Mayor William Beardall Senior Center named for his father), Bill attended the former Cherokee Junior High School and OHS (the old Orlando Senior High School) before graduating as valedictorian of his class at Sewanee Military School in 1941.

Entering the University of Florida as World War II neared, he became an officer in ROTC. In 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and soon thereafter transferred to the Army Air Corps, becoming a B-25 pilot and 1st Lieutenant. After the War he returned to the University of Florida, graduating with a law degree in 1948.

He joined the family owned Fidelity Title and Guaranty Company as in-house counsel, and practiced law for fifty years in the law firm of Beardall, Gridley and Lewis, later Beardall and Blankner, PA.

In early 1949 he married Mary Graham Ford. Together they raised a family including a daughter, Mary Graham Hoffmann (Fred) of Deland; a son, William Hamer Beardall, Jr. (Jeanne Cook) of Austin, Texas; a daughter, Laura
Livingston McLeod (David) of Orlando; a son, John Ford Beardall; and a son, Harald Martyn Beardall III (Roxana) of Tallahassee. Bill is also survived by ten grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, a brother, Jon Bonser ("Jack") Beardall of St. Cloud and a number of others who became part of Bill's and Mary's family in a very real sense.

In addition to practicing law, running Fidelity Title and Guaranty and raising his own family, Bill coached a Pony League (thirteen and fourteen year olds) baseball team for twenty two years, and led a large Presbyterian youth fellowship. He served as Elder and Deacon at both First Presbyterian Church of Orlando and at Winter Park Presbyterian Church. An active member of the Orlando Rotary Club, he served as its President and on its Board of Directors, receiving the Rotary Lifetime Service Award in 2009. In 1967 he was named the Orange County YMCA Man of the Year. In June of 1968 the Beardalls were featured as the Orlando Sentinel "Couple of the Week." Always a good carpenter and craftsman, Bill helped Winter Park Presbyterian Church construct five Habitat for Humanity houses in Winter Park, and joined the Church's mission teams, working on construction projects with AIR (Alliance for Reforestation) in Guatemala, with Young Life in Nicaragua, and with Scripture Union's centers for homeless boys in Peru. Bill will be remembered as an infinitely patient and tireless servant to his community, to his family, and to all those whom God committed into his care.

A service in celebration of Bill's life will be held at the Winter Park Presbyterian Church, 400 S. Lakemont Ave. at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26. Those wishing to honor Bill's memory may make a donation to: Winter Park Presbyterian Church (Health Ministry), 400 S. Lakemont Ave, Winter Park, FL 32792, The Equal Justice Center (legal aid for low-wage working people), 510 S. Congress Ave., Suite 206, Austin TX 78704,
www.equaljusticecenter.org Society of St. Andrew (gleaning ministry), P.O. Box 536842, Orlando, FL 32853 [email protected]


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