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In Memory Of Our Poets

Roy Grey Bagley (1922-2011) - Class Of 1943

Roy Grey Bagley July 19, 1922 - May 12, 2011

Mr. Bagley was 88 years young and a long-time resident of Montgomery, Alabama. He died Thursday evening, May 12, 2011. Roy was born in Thomasville, Alabama, on July 19, 1922, as the elder son of James Howard and Clyde Moseley Bagley. At the age of one his family moved to Montgomery where he lived the remainder of his life.

Roy attended Montgomery County Schools, graduating from Sidney Lanier High School in 1943. World War II was still excalating and Roy enlisted in the Army Air Corps. After training he served the remainder of the war years with the Eighth Air Force, 385th Bomber Group based in Great Ashfield, England. Roy was ever proud of his service to his country and truly considered himself a member of the Greatest Generation.

After returning home from the service in 1946, Roy enrolled at Auburn University with hundreds of fellow veterans beginning their college careers. In the summer of 1946 he met his future wife, 'Liz',  and they became life-long fans of the Auburn Tigers. Roy and Elizabeth made Montgomery their home after graduating from Auburn in the late forties.

Roy established the Old South Wrecking Company in 1959 and developed a loving respect for the beauty of Montgomery's historical structures. Through his daily contacts he shared that respect with the many people associated with his business. He retired in 2009.

In addition to his parents Mr. Bagley was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Bagley Tillery and his son, Benjamin Howard Bagley.

He is survived by his loving wife of sixty-one years, Elizabeth Thompson Bagley;
His daughter Ellen Bagley Ingram and her husband Terry of Montgomery, Alabama;
His daughter Nina Thompson Bagley of Whittier, North Carolina.

Mr. Bagley is also survived by:
His brother James Howard Bagley and his wife Sara Jo of Eclectic, Alabama;
His sister Helen Bagley Cox and her husband James of Eclectic, Alabama;
His grandson Benjamin Gray Ingram and his wife Andrea of Wetumpka, Alabama;
His grandson Robin F. Henry of Silverthorne, Colorado;
His grandson Roy Grey Henry of Wilmington, North Carolina;
His great granddaughters, Hannah and Ellah Ingram of Wetumpka, Alabama;
Mr. Bagley is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

Roy is also survived by his long-time devoted employee and special friend, Albert Giles, who worked with Roy for over 40 years, and by his golden retriever companion, Isaac. Roy will be dearly missed.

The family wishes to give special thanks to Baptist Hospice of Montgomery, namely:
Lynette Weston, LeShondria Boswell, Drew Burkett and especially to caregiver, Ann Lewis, for the tender loving care so generously provided during Roy's illness.

Family and friends will gather for graveside services officiated by the Reverend David Peeples at Grace Episcopal Church in Mount Meigs, Alabama, on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 11:00AM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to"

Grace Church
P.O. Box 24
Mt. Meigs, AL 36057