James William Gaddy
James William Gaddy, 81, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Sunday morning, Nov. 18, 2018, at home with his family. He was the only son of James Hovey and Olive McKenzie Gaddy of Dillon, S.C. He is survived by his wife, Patricia “Pat” Gaddy, Arcadia; sons Robert Gaddy, Arcadia, and Henry (Richard Ryan) Gaddy, St. Petersburg, Fla.; granddaughter, Brandy (Garrett) Johnson, Parish, Fla.; and a grandson, Schuyler Gaddy of Port Charlotte, Fla.; along with two great-grandchildren, Grady and Colton.
Mr. Gaddy was born on Oct. 30, 1937, in Dillon, S.C., and would work with his father in the Carolinas as a home builder for Gaddy & Son. Once married, he moved with his wife Pat to Lumberton, N.C., where the couple began White Wing Farms, farming chickens, producing feed, along with a processing facility allowing shipment of eggs all over the eastern United States.
After retiring from chicken farming in North Carolina, Mr. Gaddy moved his family to Arcadia in 1982 to live on 75 acres of wilderness along the Peace River. Shortly thereafter, William, Pat, and son Robert planned and later built Little Willie’s RV Park in Arcadia, accommodating winter residents from the north during the cold months.
Once retired from that venture, William went back to farming, raising fresh produce and cattle for a short period of time, thus allowing him and his wife to travel the United States. Shortly thereafter, William and Pat relocated to a property on Kings Highway, where he lived out his final years with his wife of nearly 57 years. William was one of a kind.
Visitation is (Friday) Nov. 23, 2018, from 7-8 p.m., at the chapel of Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, 50 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. Funeral services will be conducted (Saturday) Nov. 24, 2018, at 11 a.m. at the chapel of Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Homes, Arcadia, with the Rev. George Pettigrew officiating. Burial follows at Joshua Creek Cemetery.
Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Arcadia, Fla., is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at pongerkaysgrady.com.