Graveside services for Willie Howard Hagwood will be held Friday, April 13, at 11:00 a. m. at Causeyville Baptist Church Cemetery with his grandson Rev. Ryan Culpepper officiating.
Mr. Hagwood, 95, of Causeyville, died Monday, April 9, in York, Alabama. He was born on August 30, 1922, in Petal, Mississippi, the last of four children born to Forrest County Deputy Sheriff Howard Lee Hagwood and his wife Dona Doree Smith Hagwood.
After his father was killed in the line of duty in 1927, Mr. Hagwood moved with his mother to Causeyville and grew up on his paternal grandfather's farm during the Great Depression. He was baptized at Hebron Baptist Church in 1935 and graduated from Vimville High School in 1942. He enlisted in the U. S. Navy upon graduation and served his country honorably during World War II.
Mr. Hagwood attended Mississippi State College (MSU) on the G. I. Bill and graduated in 1949. He worked as a teacher at Beat Four High School (Clarke County) until 1957 and with the Mississippi Department of Human Services until his retirement in 1984. He was a farmer, an avid outdoorsman, and a strong supporter of education. He loved his family and friends dearly.
Mr. Hagwood was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Birdie Dee Hagwood and Susie Mae Hagwood Swain; a brother, Jack Percy Hagwood; and by his devoted wife of sixty years Virginia Eloise Martin Hagwood.
Survivors include his three children Virginia Etheridge (Larry), Judy Culpepper (Jimmy), and Howard Hagwood (Linda). Additional survivors include his seven grandchildren: Col. Rob Culpepper USAF (Angela), Rev. Ryan Culpepper (Katie), Jay Etheridge (Elyse), Joey Etheridge (Brandi), LeAnn Oliver (Michael), Kara Skinner (Jonathan), and Jon Hagwood (Samantha); and fourteen great-grandchildren: Caitlin, Megan, Savannah, Macy, Sarah Kate, Jodi, Lauren, Rylee, Mallory, Jon Alex, Jaylin, Zoey, Ryder, and Lana.
The family requests that memorials be made to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 901 E Street, NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20004-2025 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Pallbearers will be his grandsons. Visitation will be held an hour prior to graveside services at Causeyville Baptist Church.
Family and friends may sign the online memorial, leave a note for the family or order flowers at jamesfwebb.com
Extending my deepest sympathy to you Mr. Hagwood, Mrs. Ethridge, and your entire family.
Pamela ( Moore) Bunyard-NelsonMeridian, MS
I am very sorry for your loss. I always looked for Mr. Willie when I was a kid, visiting my mother at work, it was the Welfare Office back then. He was very kind always took a little time to visit with me.
Tomas JonesCollinsville, MS
We wanted to express our deepest sympathy to Mr. Willie's family at his passing. May wonderful memories and the love of family and friends comfort you all, and may God's peace be with you.
Mark and Lynda McDonaldMeridian, MS
We wish to express our sincere sympathy to the Hagwood family at this time.
James Rainey, Lauderdale County Assessor, and StaffMeridian, MS
So very sorry to hear of pawpaw's passing. May you each feel God's presence with now and in the days to come.
Debby payneMeridian, MS