Monday, October 17, 2011

Billy M. Bagwell, 86, of Cassville, passed away on Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at his home.

He was born on Jan. 17, 1925, in Louisville, Miss., son of Bill and Edna Smith Bagwell. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served in the South Pacific during World War II. He was involved in several major battles and as a result received numerous commendations, including a Philippine Liberation Bronze Star and a World War II Victory Medal. He was a member of the Teamsters Union and was employed by Jones Trucking in Kansas City for 34 years prior to retiring and moving to Cassville in 1986. He was a member of the Mt. Washington #614 A.F. & A.M. Masonic Lodge in Independence, a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason in the Valley of Kansas Orient of Missouri, and a past member of the Shrine in Kansas City. He was also a life member of the V.F.W. Post # 9997 in Kansas City. He married Marjorie L. Bradford on Nov. 8, 1947, in Kansas City. She survives.

Additional survivors include: one brother, Roger Bagwell, and one sister, Vernell Henderson, both of Pearl, Miss.; and brothers-in-law, Norris Bradford, of Lake Charles, La., Jim Bradford, of Pikeville, N.C., and Kenneth Bradford, of Queen City, Texas. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Billy Eugene Bagwell, in 1951.

Funeral services were held today (Wednesday) at the White Funeral Home, Cassville, with Pastor Russell Bishop officiating. Burial followed with full military honors at New Salem Cemetery, Seligman.

Arrangements were under the direction of the White Funeral Home in Cassville.