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1. Where did William J. Hadden come from ?

William “Bill” Hadden was born on June 2, 1921 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but shortly afterwards his family moved to Maple Shade, New Jersey. His parents were William James Hadden, Sr., and Elizabeth Derr Hadden. “After my birth, my family lived for a short tie in Philadelphia. I was approximately 2 and one half years old when the family moved to the suburban New Jersey town of Maple Shade. The family lived there until the late forties… a suburban town of 2,500-3,000 people, it was a bedroom community for city employees of Philadelphia. We moved into a two story, three bedroom house located on Terrace Avenue. It was semi-rural with many acres of open ground around it. There was a small creek about a quarter of a mile from home which was a fascinating place for me and the boys in our neighborhood to play Cowboys and Indians and to hike its banks.”

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As a young man, he was very active in the Boy Scouts of America and was a Sea Scout. He married Margaret Shumate (daughter of Whitney Shumate and Jessamine Shumate) on August 28, 1944, and they had four children: Elizabeth Hadden Lunney; William James Hadden, III; Whitney W. Hadden (also known as Whit Haydn) and Robert Lee Hadden.

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William Hadden received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1944. He was a member of both the Kappa Delta Phi, Eta Rho Chapter, and the Alpha Phi Omega fraternities.

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He was awarded a second Master’s degree from Austin Peay State University in 1957.

A firm believer in continuing education, he also completed special studies at the University of Edinburgh, the Graduate School of Theology at the University of the South, and participated in the Religious Education Program at New York University and other studies at Peabody College and East Carolina University.

William Hadden was ordained as a “Minister of the Gospel” by the Disciples of Christ Church on May 29, 1944, at the Euclid Avenue Christian Church (now Euclid Christian Church), Lynchburg, Virginia.

William Hadden was ordained in the Episcopal Church by Tom Wright (Bishop of East Carolina) and Bishop Hunley A. Elebash, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville, North Carolina, on August 24, 1968.

“Mother spent most of her married life as a housewife. During World War II she worked for a while in the local uniform industry as a seamstress. At this time I was serving as a Chaplain Cadet for the Navy in Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee… I was assigned to the V-12 Officer’s Training Corps at Vanderbilt University, where I was able to finish my seminary work in two years and two months instead of the usual three years. Then when I graduated, I thought I would go into the Navy as a chaplain. However, the war was over just before I graduated in June of 1945.”

William Hadden served as a stateside military chaplain in the US Navy as a Lieutenant (junior grade) during World War II, from June 1944 until December 1949. Awarded the American Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal (United States).

He then transferred to the Tennessee National Guard and also served as a chaplain serving as a Captain in the United States Army Reserve during the Korean War, from December 1949 until July 1954.

William Hadden was the first chairman of Greenville’s “Good Neighbor Council” formed of black and white citizens united to fight Racial segregation. The Good Neighbor Council was formed by Terry Sanford, governor of North Carolina from 1961–1965, and this was the forerunner of the state’s Human Relations Council, now the North Carolina Human Relations Commission. Terry Sanford encouraged local Good Neighbor Councils to consider, promote and adjudicate in questions of programs of racial nature. This eight person, biracial commission was the first group to promote the legislation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in eastern North Carolina. The Greenville Good Neighbor Council was cited by the city, county and state officials as the most significant agency in assisting the community in weathering a most traumatic period. The Rev. William Hadden was its chairman for six years.

One of the early shocks during this period was the effectiveness of the Black Christmas boycott of 1963, when black citizens boycotted white businesses over the Christmas season because of discrimination in employment downtown Greenville.

Bill Hadden was elected six times to the City Council of Greenville, North Carolina, and served for twelve years, from 1975–1977 and again from 1979–1989.

While a city council member, he also participated in the Greenville Transit Commission, the Greenville Housing Authority, and the Community Bicycle Safety Program. While on the Greenville Housing Authority, he worked to end the substandard housing for blacks along the Tar River waterfront in town, many of which did not have adequate water or sewage systems in their homes. He was also instrumental in the formation of “Evergreen” a downtown revitalization program for Greenville.

As even a temporary mayor, he was in charge of all the city departments, and was presented with an honorary police Badge by the Greenville Police Department.

In 1986 he was awarded the North Carolina chapter of the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce’s “Outstanding Elected Official for the State.”

For a number of years he was active in different community groups. He was on the board of directors when the group was formed in 1978, and was elected president of the Friends of Libraries group for East Carolina University in 1981. William Hadden was also the president of the Friends of the Sheppard Memorial Library. He also served on the board of directors for the Pitt County Mental Health Board and the United Fund.

Bill Hadden traveled to Scotland and Israel during the 1950s on a study grant from the Disciples of Christ Church. He later found that a travel company in Nashville, Tennessee, would pay his way if he acted as a Tour guide for ten or more people to Europe, and so he found twenty people and was also able to take his wife along for free. They were able to get tickets to the Oberammergau Passion Play in 1960. He would also lead several other tours to Europe and the Holy Lands throughout the later 1960s, and later took another study tour of Anglican university chaplains in England for the Episcopal Church in 1983. “Taking tour groups to Europe is the hobby of the Rev. Bill Hadden, Episcopal Chaplain at East Carolina University and until five years ago an ordained minister in the Christian Church. Hadden has extensive experience in writing as he served as writer of Sunday School material for the Christian Board of Publication, contributed a weekly column for seven years in The Tennessean of Nashville, and has been published in The Christian and The Pulpit Digest.”

William Hadden acted as a Summer Tour Director for Brownell Travel Company in Birmingham, Alabama, and led five tours to the Middle East and Europe.


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