The amazing life of William (Bill) P. Hargraves, Jr., Commander (Ret.) U.S. Naval Reserve, ended abruptly on March 8, 2019 after a catastrophic stroke.
Born in 1932 in Clearwater, Florida, Bill worked his way through 80+ countries over a span of more than 60 years. After graduating from Duke University, Bill began a career in special commodities transportation with Sea-Land and American President Lines, working mostly in North America, Europe, and Asia. The path of his career moved him to the Middle East and Africa, where he worked as an economic advisor with USAID to many foreign governments. He wrote the documents for Iraq’s application for entrance into the World Trade Organization.
In “retirement,” Bill worked with both humanitarian aid projects and several for-profit businesses, helping them either to expand or take root in foreign countries where he had business relationships. His latest projects included an agricultural and economic development company in Kenya, called Beulah-Kenya, a movie studio in Kurdistan, and educational exchange projects with Spring Hill’s sister city in Chengdu, China.
Bill’s daughter and son-in-law, two step-sons and step-daughter-in-law, 10 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and a multitude of friends will greatly miss his smiling face and infectious laugh.
If you would like to honor his memory in a monetary way, please donate to The Church at Station Hill in Spring Hill.
A Celebration of Life service will be held in his honor at 7 p.m. on Thursday March 14, in the Chapel at Brentwood Baptist Church.