Earl Harrington

Published 7:01 am Friday, July 12, 2013

Jan. 1, 1926 –

July 7, 2013

Earl Harrington, 86, five-time mayor of Orange Park, Fla., died at home on July 7, 2013.

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A life-time resident of Orange Park, he was born on Jan. 1, 1926, to Allen H. Harrington and Mary A. (Doyle) Harrington. He was the older of two children.

At 18, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps serving two years in the Aleutians. Following his discharge in early 1947, he returned home to Florida and two years later married Katie Mae Hall. Earl worked for NAS Jacksonville NADEP in the aircraft repair shops and ground support from 1947 to 1981 and retired after 34 years. After retirement, he became actively involved in politics serving on numerous boards, committees, and councils.

One of the many accomplishments credited to Mayor Harrington is the American Pie 4th of July Celebration in Orange Park. Earl was a Mason and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, GCS Chapter No. 45. He also volunteered as a reserve deputy for the Clay County Sheriff Office for many years.

Earl is preceded in death by his parents and his brother-in-law Jim Hogan. He leaves behind his loving wife of 64 years, Katie Harrington; sister, Carol Hogan; daughter, Toni Harrington Sewell (Curtis Jr); son, Darry Harrington (Cindy); step-son, David Earl Hall (Elaine) both of Bainbridge; his grandchildren, Ericka, Marsha, Curtis Allen, Melissa, Michael and Preston; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was a past member of Orange Park First Baptist Church since 1972 and Island View Baptist from 1972 to present.

Visitation will be at 10 a.m. on July 15, at Island View Baptist Church, followed by the service at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Magnolia Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to BASCA, Inc.

Jacksonville Memory Gardens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.