Willard Goodball G. Bagwell

October 13, 1926August 4, 2013

WILLARD GRAVES BAGWELL, 86, of LEEDS, AL, passed away on August 4th in Pell City at the Col. Robert L. Howard State Veterans Home. Visitation will be Tuesday, August 6th at Kilgroe Funeral Home, Leeds, AL from 6 PM until 8 PM. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, August 7th at Kilgroe Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jacky Connell officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery. Arrangements are by Kilgroe Funeral Home. Willard Bagwell was born in Haleyville, AL, in a small community known as Dime, AL to Clifford and Elizabeth Bagwell on October 13, 1926. He graduated from Phillips High School, Birmingham, AL in May 1944. He was married to Diann Roberson of Leeds, AL for 33 years. He worked for Stockham Valves & Fittings for 37 years and retired as a Wage & Salary Administrator. He was a US Army Veteran. He enlisted in the Army as a Clerk General on August 10, 1944 and was assigned to duty with the 162nd Infantry on Jan. 24, 1945. He earned the Rifle Sharpshooter Ribbon March 23, 1945. He received the following military ribbons and medals: Asiatic-Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Army of Occupation Ribbon (Japan), Victory Ribbon, and 2 Overseas Service Bars. He received an Honorable Discharge November 27, 1946. He was involved in Eden Westside Baptist Church. He was also a founding member of Terry Walker Golf and Country Club in Leeds, AL where he won the club championship several different years. He received multiple honors and awards from the Southern Bowling Conference and from his prowess on the basketball court and the pitcher’s mound on the fast-pitch softball field. Willard is preceded in death by mom & dad, Clifford & Elizabeth Bagwell, brother J. C. Bagwell, sister & bro-in-law Ima Lee & Gene Black, sister, Mary Wiginton and nephew Kenny Bagwell. Willard is survived by his wife, Diann Bagwell, his sons & daughters-in-law: Ed & Cindy Bagwell of Danville, Pennsylvania, Joe & Debbie Bagwell of Gainesville, Georgia; Grandchildren & Great-Grandchildren Jeremy, April, Paisley, & Weston Bagwell of Braselton, GA; Dave, Bethany, & Lola Bagwell of Roswell, GA; Michael Bagwell of Roswell, GA; Jennifer, Jay, Noah, Will, & Baby (TBD) Posey of Durham, NC; and Holly & Scott Rudicil of Greensboro, NC; brother in law, Jay Wiginton and sister in law, Oleta Bagwell. A special thanks to all of his loving and supportive nieces and nephews. Visit online at


  • Visitation Tuesday, August 6, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 7, 2013
  • Celebration of Willard's Life Wednesday, August 7, 2013

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Cindy Black Barry

August 18, 2013

Losing my uncle Willard is a huge loss to our family! All of my life, he has been a joy to be around and I admired him greatly. I am so thankful that he had Aunt Diann to care for him in his last days. I miss you Uncle Willard.

Connie Smith

August 8, 2013

Diann, I am so very sorry for the loss of your husband, Willard.You are on my mind and in my prayers. May God's grace be enough to bring you peace in my days to come. Thinking of you today and always.

Kay Fulmer

August 7, 2013

Diann, So sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you. I think of you often and wondered if you are still working at Southview.

Scott Richards

August 7, 2013

I knew Willard for over 20 years while at Stockham. Always a smile on his face and a joy to be around.

April Arterberry

August 7, 2013

I worked with Diann at Southview and am sorry to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.

Allen Baker

August 6, 2013

I knew Willard for thirty four years and he was a great friend. Condolences to the family.


August 6, 2013

Sorry for your lost. May the family find comfort in God's word the Bible. 2 Timothy 3:16

Brenda Stansell

August 6, 2013

Our deepest sympathy to Diann and family on the loss of Willard. We all worked together and remained friends through the years. Willard had a wit about him that we all loved. He will be missed.

Sandy Bell

August 6, 2013

I am an old Stockholm employee of the past-1965 and I worked ,Bowled,& golfed with Willard & really enjoyed his company at work & play.I am sorry for your loss.He was a Good Man !! Sandy Bell

August 6, 2013

With deepest sympathy to the Bagwell family during your time of grief. God is for you a refuge and strength, A help that is there to be found during difficult times. May God provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead...(Psalm 62:8).