Rev. Donald Stough Wagner

May 3, 1929January 17, 2021

Rev. Donald Stough Wagner, age 91 of China Grove, passed away on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at NOVANT-Rowan Regional Medical Center. Born May 3, 1929 in Rowan County, Rev. Wagner was the son of the late Earl Wagner and Florence Cordelia Wilcox Wagner. In addition to his parents, Rev. Wagner was also preceded in death by his loving wife of 67 years, Mary Louise Wagner along with four brothers and four sisters. Prior to joining the ministry, Rev. Wagner proudly served his country for 21 years in the United States Marine Corp where he was the recipient of many awards for his sharp shooting skills. After his service, he completed his education and began his career of 21 years in the ministry, where he and the love of his life served over seven churches in Virginia and North Carolina. He lived his life to serve others and to serve his Lord and Savior. He loved his family dearly and loved spending his time with them.

Those left to cherish his memory are his two sons, Gary Lee Wagner and wife, Dina and Dennis Edward Wagner. He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Jennifer Wagner Hawks (Steven), Jessica Michelle Wagner, Bethany Wagner Carter (Adam), Nathan Coleman Wagner, Heather Wagner Quick (Joe) and Hannah Grace Wagner, along with ten great-grandchildren.

Graveside Service with Full Military Honors will be on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 2:00pm at West Lawn Memorial Park in China Grove officiated by Dr. Marty Payton. Online condolences may be left for the family at Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Rev. Wagner.


  • Graveside Service with Full Military Honors

    Thursday, January 21, 2021


Rev. Donald Stough Wagner

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Valerie Belk

January 21, 2021

I am so sad to hear about your dad's passing, I remember him so well and I can hear his voice in my head now. All the memories at church and even at the South Rowan YMCA. It has been a long time ago and I still think about those days often. I remember sitting under the shelter we were discussing watermelon. LOL I loved it and so did he, we were betting on who could eat the most, I really think he let me win. LOL
I saw him years later at the YMCA we used to walk the track at about the same time in the mornings. I loved talking to him so very much.
Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. You know I can't help but wonder if he has talked to Rodney or Hunter Brown yet.

Love Y'all,
Valerie R Brown Belk