Fort Walton Beach businessman Preston Hood passes away at age 78


FORT WALTON BEACH — Preston Hood was only 26 years old when he moved from Amite City, Louisiana, to take over his father and grandfather’s car dealership in Fort Walton Beach. 

He set out to make Preston Hood Chevrolet a success in the 1960s as a part of the third generation of Hood auto dealers. Over a span of almost 52 years, he provided thousands of jobs for people and contributed to many community projects. His name still can be found at spots throughout the city, marking his lasting impact.

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Many people were saddened to hear of Hood’s sudden passing Tuesday morning at the age of 78. Retired auto dealer Bob Lee was close friends with Hood for almost 50 years and lived across the street from him. 

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