ALLIGOOD, HIRAM G., 89 of Orlando, passed away peacefully Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. He was born June 9, 1923 in Thomas County, GA, the son of the late Manson B. and Lanie Simpson Alligood. He was formerly of Monticello Fl and Tallahassee Fl. Hiram is survived by his wife, Peggy Brown Alligood; his daughters Barbara Szasz, Lanie Dobson, Cynthia Kelley, Lisa Brown; son Kelvin Brown; grandchildren Jonathan Dobson, Michael Szasz and Emily Dobson.
Hiram enlisted and fought in WWII as a Tech Sergeant, Army Signal Corp., Pacific Theatre. Upon his discharge from the Army, he attended and graduated from Philadelphia School of Mortuary Science. Some time after graduating Hiram worked with a local funeral home in Lake City, FL. There he met a Registered nurse, Carolyn Hewitt, whom he married in January 1950. They lived in Thomasville, GA where their two daughters Barbara and Lanie were born. In 1955 they moved to Tallahassee. There Hiram worked with Liberty National Life Insurance and later with Culley's Funeral Home.
Due to health related issues, Hiram's career with Culley's was cut short and he left the mortuary business joining Eastern Airlines. He worked at both the Tallahassee airport and Eastern's downtown city ticket office. In 1976 Hiram and Carolyn moved to Orlando. During his tenure with Eastern in Orlando, he developed and implemented the Group Coordinator program and could be seen bustling about his job at the Orlando International Airport. Hiram retired from Eastern Airlines in 1988.
In 1978, Hiram and Carolyn joined First Baptist Church (FBC), Orlando where he has since actively served as a Deacon, Usher, Sunday School teacher and Department Director.
In 1993 after Carolyn passed from Lymphoma complications, Hiram's servant's heart was manifest with renewed vigor in his FBC/Orlando responsibilities and his community involvement - regularly working the polls during election time. Not knowing how to really retire, Hiram established his own business "TLC" (Travel N Luxury Corporation) facilitating activities for senior adult groups in Orlando and tour groups coming into the Orlando area. He also served as a Travel Ambassador for the Orlando Convention and Tourism Commission.
After being widowed for 6 years, in 1999 Hiram married Peggy Brown – the 2nd love of his life - and gained two more daughters, Cynthia and Lisa, and a son, Kelvin. By this time he had been blessed with three (3) grandchildren – Jonathan, Michael and Emily. Peggy and Hiram were happily married just shy of 14 years.
Hiram and Peggy have opened their hearts and home to neighbors, friends, co-workers, and family members. They traveled to Canada, took cruises, and never let moss grow under their feet.
Hiram felt he should keep up with the times – going so far as to teach himself how to use a computer, work 'gadgets' (like remotes) in the house, and looking at how he could incorporate more and more "technology" into his daily life. He was indeed like a kid in a candy store when you took him to Best Buy or Radio Shack. Electronics fascinated him!
In 2005 Hiram was diagnosed with Parkinson's and fought every step of the way its impact on his life. Slowing down was not an option – instead he just found ways around the disease to do what his heart still wanted to do.
All who have had the good fortune to cross Hiram's path would, without question, declare that their life has only been the better for that association no matter how brief or extensive. He will be missed on this earth by all whose lives he has touched. Hiram's family and friends know with certainty that his Heavenly Father welcomed him with open arms to his eternal home. Hiram's legacy lives on with the memories and impact he has left on so many lives.
The family will be available to receive friends on Dec 3 from 4-7pm at Carey Hand Cox- Parker Funeral Home. A Celebration service will be held at Henry Chapel, First Baptist Church, Orlando, Dec. 4, at 11:00a.m. Burial will be in Boston, GA at City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Cornerstone Hospice, 8009 S. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL.