Haithco RPh, William Harold “Bill”, Fayetteville, GA, Formerly of Saginaw and Lansing, Michigan


William “Bill” Haithco, 88, a resident of Fayetteville, Georgia, formerly of Saginaw and Lansing Michigan, was born in Saginaw, Michigan on February 7, 1923, to William Joseph Haithco and Lady Celes Dabney Haithco, both of whom preceded him in death. He was also predeceased by an infant daughter, Shelley Marie. Bill was reunited with his beloved son, Billy, on Thursday, March 17, 2011. Bill graduated from Arthur Hill High School in 1940. Upon his honorable discharge from the army, Bill attended Michigan State College (presently MSU) graduating in 1950 and the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy graduating in 1952. One rarely saw Bill without his Maize and Blue attire. Continuing through his retirement years and regardless of changing cognitive/physical abilities, he donned the U of M cap and enjoyed the warmth of a Maize and Blue blanket regardless of where he was traveling. Bill established the Haithco Prescription Pharmacy in Saginaw, Michigan, in 1957 following his employment at Kent Drug Store and Saginaw County Hospital. In 1974, he joined the pharmacy staff at Saginaw General Hospital (now Covenant) and continued “subbing” at many local independent pharmacies throughout the Saginaw area. “I am a child of this community” he always espoused. That statement of pride, interest and concern for the members of his community and race continued and proffered through his post graduate years and professional career. As founder and chairperson of the Saginaw County Parks and Recreation Commission, a park was eventually named in his honor, The William H. Haithco Recreation Area. The creation of county parks was an endeavor of Bill’s wishes and met the needs for the recreation of residents of the greater Saginaw area. Bill received numerous community, state, and national awards related to his professional role, community service, and volunteerism. The William H. Haithco Student Community Service Award was created in 2002 by the Michigan Pharmacy Foundation in honor of his years of service to his community and to the profession of pharmacy. In addition, he was president of the University Of Michigan College Of Pharmacy Alumni Board Of Governors and received the status as an honored alumnus of Arthur Hill High School in 1994. A highlight of Bill’s years in Fayetteville was the publication of his autobiography, From the Farm to the Pharmacist and Beyond. Bill is survived by his loving daughter and devoted caregiver, Shari L. Clarke of Fayetteville, GA, son Reverend Jai Spencer (Brenda) Haithco, Sr. of Smyrna, GA, and daughter-in-law, Cheryl Haithco of Farmington Hills, MI. Bill also has one granddaughter, Danielle Haithco as well as two grandsons, Jai S. Haithco II and William H. Haithco III. Bill is also survived by four sisters: L. Margaret Groves, Dorothy Murray, Montie Warfield, and Mary J. McGuire all of Lansing, Michigan. He will be fondly remembered by many surviving nieces, nephews, fraternity brothers and friends who have countless memories of his joyful demeanor, endeavoring personality and sense of humor. Special thanks to his beloved friends Rudy and Bonnie Bolf whose weekly phone visits kept his spirits high. A celebration of Bill’s life will take place on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at W. L. Case Funeral Home, 4480 Mackinaw Road, Saginaw, Michigan. Visitation will take place on Friday, March 25, 2011, from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Bill requested that contributions be sent in his memory to Saginaw Community Foundation (SCF), designated for the Saginaw County Parks Fund, 100 S. Jefferson Ave., Saginaw, MI 48607. Those planning on attending the services are asked to refrain from wearing perfumes and other fragrances due to severe allergies of others who will be in attendance. www.casefuneralhome.com