William L. 'Pat' Hallford
A celebration of life service for William Lewis "Pat" Hallford, 88, of Clarkesville, will be held from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at Stewart Hall on the Piedmont College campus in Demorest (follow the Special Event signs).
Mr. Hallford died Thursday, June 17, 2010, peacefully at his home following an extended illness.
Born Nov. 5, 1921, in Habersham County, he was the son of the late Harley Hallford and the the late Robie Roberts Hallford.
Mr. Hallford was a graduate of Piedmont College in Demorest, where he received an athletic scholarship. In spring 1942, he signed a contract with the New York Yankees baseball organization. He played shortstop for Amsterdam, N.Y., Canadian American League.
From September 1942 to June 1946, he enlisted and served in the U.S. Army. He taught hand-to-hand combat at Fort Benning and was in the U.S. and European Theater. Mr. Hallford was commanding officer for L Co., 311th Infantry Combat Team at the time of separation.
In summer 1946, he played baseball in the Yankee organization in August, Sally League, Binghamton Eastern League and Newark International League, backing up Phil Rizuto as shortstop.
From 1947-1950, he was football, basketball and baseball coach at Clarkesville High School (two years), Glenville High School (one year) and South Georgia College (one year).
In 1951, he joined United Merchants and Manufacturers at the Clarkesville Plant as personnel manager. He was sent to the Aragon Plant in 1953.
In March 1958, he was sent to Tehran, Iran to start up and operate a 40,000-spindle, 1,284-loom textile plant for the Iranian government. He remained in Tehran until 1966. During his eight years there, he and his family traveled extensively all over the world.
In 1966, he returned to Greenville, S.C., UM&M manufacturing division. From 1967 to May 1973, he was vice president and general manager of Associated Textiles of Canada, Louiseville, Quebec, Canada.
From 1973-1978, he was senior vice president and general manager of the Fabric Production Division, UM&M, Greenville, S.C. In 1978, he became owner and CEO of Amtex Mill in Greenwood, S.C.
Mr. Hallford was president of Toastmasters in Tehran, Iran; president of the school board, Tehran American School; member of Clarkesville United Methodist Church and Clarkesville Lions Club; and a Davitte Masonic Lodge member in Aragon, receiving his 50-year pin.
Survivors include the love of his life, his wife, Gladys Southerland Hallford of Demorest. On May 9, 2010, they celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary. He is also survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Joan and L. Jan Abernathy of Canton; Ann and Kegham Markarian of Nipomo, Calif.; a sister, Ruthie Franklin of Mt. Airy; grandchildren, Daniel Abernathy, Michael Panichi and Lisa Panichi; great-grandchildren, Ashley, Stephen, Kylie, Lindsey and Chloe; several nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends.
Donations may be made to the Piedmont College "P" Club, P.O. Box 429, Demorest, GA. 30535.
To send online condolences, go to mountainviewfuneralhome.com.
Mountain View Funeral Home, Blairsville, is in charge of arrangements.