Hagan, Charles Wilson

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Dr. Charles Wilson Hagan, of Radford, Va., passed away on Monday, September 24, 2007. He was a lifelong educator having worked as a teacher, high school principal, and superintendent of schools.

After completing a doctoral degree at the University of Missouri, he taught at Radford University. Charles was born September 20, 1915 in Cabot, Ark. As a young man he showed a great interest in music, studying both piano and vocal. For a time he was a member of a gospel quartet. He also served with distinction in the 8th Air Force in England during WW II for which he was awarded the Bronze Star. As a longtime member of Grove United Methodist Church, Charles was a member of the chancel choir for many years and played the piano for 35 years for a group of older adults to sing the old hymns before Sunday school. He also taught a Sunday school class and served on various committees at the church.

Charles is survived by his wife of 59 years, Lucille; a daughter, Dr. Betsy Ann Hagan of Richmond, Va.; and a son, Charles Hagan, Jr. of Knoxville, Tenn.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 27, 2007 at 1 p.m. at Grove UMC, 1020 Tyler Avenue. The Rev. James Bennington will officiate. Memorials may be given to the church memorials committee, the American Cancer Society, or the charity of choice. Private burial services will be held at the Sunrise Burial Park in Radford.