Henry Andrew (Hal) Schroder, 89, died peacefully at his home in Inverness, Fla. on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. His death was full of integrity, as was his life.
Hal lived by a morality that was part southern gentleman, part sportsman/scholar and part practical theology, ascribing to the adage “do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” This creed was passed on to his seven children, whom he raised with his wife of 53 years, Della Umstead Schroder, who predeceased him in December 2000.
Hal was born to Henry A. and Pauline B. Schroder on Oct. 6, 1926, in Rock Hill, S.C. He spent his childhood in Durham, where his father was pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, and his mother taught at Carr Junior High School.
After graduating from Durham High, he served in the Army Air Corps, returning afterward to graduate from Catawba College in Salisbury with a degree in English.
Hal’s professional life combined his vocation as an English teacher with his love of sports. He served as an athletic director and coached football, basketball, golf and baseball at various high schools in North Carolina and Florida.
He retired in 1986 and moved to Citrus County, Fla., where he continued to pursue his hobbies of golfing, biking and furniture repair. He was a lifelong reader and kept his mind sharp doing crossword puzzles and watching Jeopardy nightly.
Hal and Della also shared a love of nature and spent many happy summers at a spot on Peachtree Creek in Murphy, where they shared this love with their seven grandchildren.
Hal will be sorely missed by his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends from North Carolina and Florida.
Memorial donations may be made to the Rails to Trails of the Withlacoochee: www.rttwst.org.