Floyd Edward "Arkie" Bagwell

M, b. 27 October 1935, d. 19 April 2010
     Floyd Edward "Arkie" Bagwell was born on 27 October 1935 in Mississippi County, Arkansas. He was the son of Emmett Gilmore Bagwell and Ruby Inez Chism. Floyd Edward "Arkie" Bagwell married Sue Barger on 22 December 1954. Floyd Edward "Arkie" Bagwell married Ida Mae Reed on 13 January 1962. Floyd Edward "Arkie" Bagwell died on 19 April 2010 at age 74

Floyd E. "Arkie" Bagwell, age 74, of Tekonsha, was stricken unexpectedly while mowing his lawn at home on Monday, April 19, 2010.

Floyd was born at home in Mississippi County, Arkansas on Saturday,October 27, 1935 to Emmett Gilmore and Ruby Inez (Chism) Bagwell. He attended Keiser, Arkansas schools where he excelled as an athelete. He was a member of the All State Football Team and was a champion Golden Gloves boxer.

Arkie was a determined young man and left home the first time at the age of 14 to go to Peoria, Illinois where he fudged his age and got a job at Caterpillar. A following summer he went to Indiana and picked tomatoes. At the age of 16 he left home to move to Marshall to live with family and got a job at Crowell Carton. His Grandmother Chism helped him manage his earnings and he saved enough to buy a car. Floyd drove back home to tell his family about the jobs available in Michigan and urged them to follow him back. That they did.

He was a familiar face at Don Moor's Farm Fresh Meat in Clarendon Township. He was the Foreman in the Slaughterhouse there for 26 years. After that he took a job with Permabilt Homes in Marshall where he worked for 15 years until his retirement in 1996. After his official retirement Floyd worked with Al Beglin doing carpentry work.

Floyd was married to Sue Barger on Dec. 22, 1954. She preceded him in death May 29, 1960. He was married to Ida Mae Reed on Jan. 13, 1962. She also preceded him in death April 28, 1985.

Floyd and Gayle Irish became partners in life together until she preceded him in death on May 20, 2005.

Floyd enjoyed what one may refer to as an"energetic discussion" with others! He very much was a supporter of the Green Movement and was a believer in Solar and Wind Energy. He enjoyed the fruits of his garden he maintained every year. Fishing with his friend Bob Lawrence was a favorite pastime as was spear fishing. He had enjoyed a bear hunting trip to Alaska .

He lived in Clarendon Township for the majority of his life where he enjoyed taking care of his property.

He was an inventor and tinkerer. An example was when he turned a new rotor tillar into a lawn mower by swapping the engine to a mower frame and mounting a bus seat on it so he could be sure to take 2 grandchildren with him down to the St. Joe River. A "Floyd modified" steel hulled Tug Boat/House Boat was a familiar sight on Stuart Lake where he and Gayle would enjoy a summer afternoon. It was unique so it was definitely memorable especially when he launched his pick up truck with the boat one day and the boat won the battle over who weighed more!

Most of all Floyd loved his family and all the time he could spend with them.

Surviving are his children Vickie (Jim) Grogan of White Lake, Brenda Lawrence of West Lafayette, IN, Patsy (John) Malicki of Waterford, and Carl (Tamra) Bagwell of Tekonsha; 8 grandchildren, Raymond, Amanda, Sean, Brad, Kendra, Suzanne, Reid, and John, and 4 great-grandchildren Kelsey, Karleigh, Jared and Aidia; his siblings Shirley (Jim) McKay of Memphis,TN, Bobby (Marie) Bagwell of East Leroy, and Peggy Schell of Texas; nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his parents and a brother T. Douglas Bagwell.

Friends may call at Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 723 Old 27 North, Marshall on Thursday, April 22, beginning at 3PM. A service celebrating his life will begin at the funeral home at 5PM.

Follwing the service friends are invited for food and fellowship in the Kempf Reception Hall at the funeral home. Please stop by if unable to attend the service. Cremation will follow services.

The family would like those who might give flowers or a memorial contribuiton to instead purchase a tree and plant it in Floyd's memory in a place of their choice.

To leave a message for the family visit www.kempffuneralhome.com.

He was buried at West Clarendon Cemetery, Clarendon, Clahoun County, Michigan.

Children of Floyd Edward "Arkie" Bagwell and Sue Barger

Sue Barger

F, d. 29 May 1960
     As of 22 December 1954,her married name was Bagwell. Sue Barger married Floyd Edward "Arkie" Bagwell, son of Emmett Gilmore Bagwell and Ruby Inez Chism, on 22 December 1954. Sue Barger died on 29 May 1960.

Ida Mae Reed

F, b. 1939, d. 28 April 1985
     Ida Mae Reed was born in 1939. As of 13 January 1962,her married name was Bagwell. She married Floyd Edward "Arkie" Bagwell, son of Emmett Gilmore Bagwell and Ruby Inez Chism, on 13 January 1962. Ida Mae Reed died on 28 April 1985. She was buried at West Clarendon Cemetery, Clarendon, Clahoun County, Michigan.

Vickie Bagwell

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     Vickie Bagwell is the daughter of Floyd Edward "Arkie" Bagwell and Sue Barger.

Brenda Bagwell

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     Brenda Bagwell is the daughter of Floyd Edward "Arkie" Bagwell and Sue Barger.

Patsy Bagwell

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     Patsy Bagwell is the daughter of Floyd Edward "Arkie" Bagwell and Sue Barger.

Carl Bagwell

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     Carl Bagwell is the son of Floyd Edward "Arkie" Bagwell and Sue Barger.

Ruby Inez Chism

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     Ruby Inez Chism married Emmett Gilmore Bagwell, son of James Wiley Bagwell and Elizabeth F. Edwards, before 1935.

Children of Ruby Inez Chism and Emmett Gilmore Bagwell

Rufus Bagwell

M, b. 1904, d. 1921
     Rufus Bagwell was born in 1904. He was the son of Robert L. "Bob" Bagwell and Bettie Lanthrip. Rufus Bagwell died in 1921. He was buried at Enon Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Ackerman, Choctaw County, Mississippi.

Bertis Ruth Bagwell

F, b. 1904
     Bertis Ruth Bagwell was born in 1904 in Ackerman, Choctaw County, Mississippi. She was the daughter of Robert L. "Bob" Bagwell and Bettie Lanthrip.

John Tommie Bagwell

M, b. 12 January 1912, d. 24 October 1969
     John Tommie Bagwell was born on 12 January 1912 in Choctaw County, Mississippi. He was the son of Robert L. "Bob" Bagwell and Bettie Lanthrip. He was a Technician fourth grade (TEC4), Howitzer, Company 665, Tank Destroyer Battalion in the US Army during World War II. John Tommie Bagwell died on 24 October 1969 in Ackerman, Choctaw County, Mississippi, at age 57. He was buried at Enon Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Ackerman, Choctaw County, Mississippi.

Lillian A. Miller1

F, b. 18 November 1918, d. 10 September 1994
     Lillian A. Miller was born on 18 November 1918.1 As of after 1935,her married name was Bagwell.1 She married William H. Bagwell, son of George Plez Bagwell and Racilla Robinson, after 1935.1 Lillian A. Miller died on 10 September 1994 at age 75.1 She was buried at Olive Branch Cemetery, Portsmouth, Portsmouth City, Virginia.1

Citations

  1. [S4390] Lillian A. Miller Bagwell Grave Stone, Find a Grave, www.findagrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi

Margaret (?)

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     Margaret (?) married William H. Bagwell, son of George Plez Bagwell and Racilla Robinson, before 1952.

Children of Margaret (?) and William H. Bagwell

Citations

  1. [S4391] Allen F. Bagwell Grave Stone, Find a Grave, www.findagrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi

Allen Frederick Bagwell1

M, b. 3 June 1952, d. 25 May 2017
Allen F. Bagwell
     Allen Frederick Bagwell was born on 3 June 1952.1 He was the son of William H. Bagwell and Margaret (?)1 Allen Frederick Bagwell died on 25 May 2017 at age 64.1 He was buried on 5 June 2017 at Olive Branch Cemetery, Portsmouth, Portsmouth City, Virginia.1

Children of Allen Frederick Bagwell

Citations

  1. [S4391] Allen F. Bagwell Grave Stone, Find a Grave, www.findagrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi

Kay Bagwell

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     Kay Bagwell is the daughter of William H. Bagwell and Margaret (?) Kay Bagwell married (?) Madewell after 1965.

William H. Bagwell Jr.

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     William H. Bagwell Jr. is the son of William H. Bagwell and Margaret (?)

Larry Bagwell

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     Larry Bagwell is the son of William H. Bagwell and Margaret (?)

Amy Bagwell

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     Amy Bagwell is the daughter of Allen Frederick Bagwell.

Allen Frederick Bagwell Jr.

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     Allen Frederick Bagwell Jr. is the son of Allen Frederick Bagwell.

(?) Madewell

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     (?) Madewell married Kay Bagwell, daughter of William H. Bagwell and Margaret (?), after 1965.

Farrice Bagwell

M, b. 20 October 1900, d. December 1986
     Farrice Bagwell was born on 20 October 1900 in Louisiana. He was the son of Arthur Dee Bagwell and Birdie Mae "Bertie" Harrison. Farrice Bagwell married Jean Lorretta Murphy after 1922. He served in the US Navy. Farrice Bagwell lived in 1940 in San Diego, San Diego County, California. He died in December 1986 in Oak Grove, West Carroll Parish, Louisiana, at age 86.

Cleo Bagwell

F, b. 24 August 1902, d. 12 December 1981
     Cleo Bagwell was born on 24 August 1902. She was the daughter of Arthur Dee Bagwell and Birdie Mae "Bertie" Harrison. As of after 1918,her married name was Mitchell. Cleo Bagwell married Abbott Morris Mitchell after 1918. Cleo Bagwell died on 12 December 1981 at age 79. She was buried at Jonestown Cemetery, Coahoma County, Mississippi.

Abbott Morris Mitchell

M, b. 1886, d. 1965
     Abbott Morris Mitchell was born in 1886. He married Cleo Bagwell, daughter of Arthur Dee Bagwell and Birdie Mae "Bertie" Harrison, after 1918. Abbott Morris Mitchell died in 1965.

Annie Lee Bagwell

F, b. 21 January 1907, d. 9 December 1957
     Annie Lee Bagwell was born on 21 January 1907 in Oak Grove, West Carroll Parish, Louisiana. She was the daughter of Arthur Dee Bagwell and Birdie Mae "Bertie" Harrison. As of after 1928,her married name was Kennedy. Annie Lee Bagwell married Alfred Leroy Kennedy after 1928. Annie Lee Bagwell died on 9 December 1957 at age 50. She was buried at Resthaven Gardens of Memory and Mausoleum, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana.

Alfred Leroy Kennedy

M, b. 1911, d. 1995
     Alfred Leroy Kennedy was born in 1911. He married Annie Lee Bagwell, daughter of Arthur Dee Bagwell and Birdie Mae "Bertie" Harrison, after 1928. Alfred Leroy Kennedy died in 1995.

Jean Lorretta Murphy

F, b. 25 September 1902, d. 9 September 1958
     Jean Lorretta Murphy was born on 25 September 1902 in Rhode Island. As of before 1920,her married name was Pennoyer. She married Melvin Pennoyer before 1920. As of after 1922,her married name was Bagwell. Jean Lorretta Murphy married Farrice Bagwell, son of Arthur Dee Bagwell and Birdie Mae "Bertie" Harrison, after 1922. Jean Lorretta Murphy died on 9 September 1958 at age 55. She was buried at Oak Grove Cemetery, Oak Grove, West Carroll Parish, Louisiana.

Child of Jean Lorretta Murphy and Melvin Pennoyer

Edward Donald Bagwell

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     Edward Donald Bagwell is the son of Melvin Pennoyer and Jean Lorretta Murphy. Edward Donald Bagwell married Mary G. Rodger on 16 May 1944 at Maine.

Melvin Pennoyer

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     Melvin Pennoyer married Jean Lorretta Murphy before 1920.

Child of Melvin Pennoyer and Jean Lorretta Murphy

Mary G. Rodger

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     Mary G. Rodger married Edward Donald Bagwell, son of Melvin Pennoyer and Jean Lorretta Murphy, on 16 May 1944 at Maine.

Harrison Garey Bagwell

M, b. 6 December 1913, d. 2 December 1973
     Harrison Garey Bagwell was born on 6 December 1913.1 He was the son of Arthur Dee Bagwell and Birdie Mae "Bertie" Harrison. Harrison Garey Bagwell married June Sue Ross in 1936. Harrison Garey Bagwell died on 2 December 1973 at age 59

Harrison Garey Bagwell, Sr. (December 6, 1913 – December 2, 1973) was an attorney in his native Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who was the Republican nominee for governor of Louisiana in 1952. Bagwell was only the second Republican to have sought the governorship of Louisiana since 1924.

Bagwell was a son of Arthur D. Bagwell (1878-1955), a native of Lincoln Parish, and the former Birdie Mae Harrison (1878-1961), a native of Houma in Terrebonne Parish. The couple died in Oak Grove in West Carroll Parish and is interred there at Oak Grove Cemetery.

Bagwell graduated from Louisiana State University and the Louisiana State University Law Center. In 1936, Bagwell married the former June Sue Ross (1915-1971). The couple had seven children.

One of the Bagwell daughters, Bonnie Bagwell Messer (born September 1954) a registered Republican voter in Pointe Coupee Parish, recalls how her father treated the neighborhood children at their home in University Acres each Halloween to hot dogs, chili, and Kool-Aid. On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Bagwell's death, Messer said, "Our house was THE place to go, and he fed everyone. It has been forty years since his last Halloween at our house ... I hope all our neighbors who trick-or-treated at our house will remember him this Halloween and the love he had for Halloween and them."

Harrison Garey "Gary" Bagwell, Jr. (1937-1985), served in the United States Navy aboard the transport ship, U.S.S. Caddo Parish during the Vietnam War. His letters describe the Viet Cong, military operations, and the people and landscape of South Vietnam and Taiwan. His papers are in the Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections of the LSU Archives. There is also a special feature in the archive from the New Orleans Item on the Louisiana Republican Party in 1952.

In the gubernatorial general election held on April 22, 1952, Bagwell polled 4,958 votes (4 percent) of the vote statewide in a low-turnout contest against the Democrat Robert F. Kennon, a judge from Minden, who received 118,723 (96 percent). Bagwell reached double digits in only three parishes, St. James (13 percent), Iberia (12.5 percent), and his own East Baton Rouge (11.8 percent). In three parishes, Concordia, DeSoto, and Tensas, Bagwell received no votes. Bagwell was the first Republican candidate for governor since 1928, when Etienne J. Caire, a businessman from Edgard in St. John the Baptist Parish, polled 4 percent of the vote, the same as Bagwell, in Caire's race against Huey Pierce Long, Jr. Bagwell's gubernatorial showing was far below that just four years earlier of Clem S. Clarke, a Shreveport oilman who in 1948 polled just over 100,000 votes in a United States Senate campaign against Russell B. Long. Clarke was the first member of the GOP to seek a Senate seat from Louisiana under the Seventeenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. By 2015, Republicans for the first time held both Senate seats from Louisiana.

Bagwell said that his primary goal in running for governor was to establish a viable two-party system in Louisiana; he contended that the state Republican party was being deliberately held back by its traditional leaders so that they could maintain their control over the party organization. As the representative from Louisiana's 6th congressional district, Bagwell was a delegate to the 1952 Republican National Convention, which met in Chicago and nominated Dwight Eisenhower, with Richard M. Nixon for vice president. Bagwell assisted John Minor Wisdom in making the case for seating the pro-Eisenhower delegation rather than the pro-Taft delegation favored by the entrenched state party leadership; their success was instrumental in securing the nomination for Eisenhower. Governor Kennon subsequently endorsed the Eisenhower-Nixon ticket, which though successful nationally, lost the Louisiana electoral vote that year at a time when the state was solidly Democratic in orientation, but would by the 21st century become predominantly Republican.

Bagwell sought a federal judgeship but was not selected by the Eisenhower administration. Along with then incoming state party chairman LeRoy Smallenberger of Shreveport, Bagwell was an alternate delegate to the 1960 Republican National Convention, which also met in Chicago and nominated the Nixon-Lodge ticket. George W. Reese, Jr., a New Orleans lawyer, who carried the Republican banner against U.S. Senator Allen J. Ellender that year, was a delegate to the Chicago convention, along with another Shreveport Republican figure, Tom Stagg.

After the 1964 presidential election saw Barry Goldwater become the first Republican to carry the Deep South while losing nearly everywhere else, Bagwell called for an "overhaul" of the party leadership, arguing that more moderate policies were necessary for party success. The more conservative party leaders, including Floyd O. Crawford, the defeated Republican candidate for U.S. representative from Louisiana's 6th congressional district, and Morton Blackwell, a still active Republican party official in the state of Virginia, criticized Bagwell for his comments: They "seem to come from another world and another era" and suggested that "if Bagwell wishes to be a liberal, then he should become a Democrat."

Bagwell died in 1973 four days before his 60th birthday. He and his wife, who predeceased him by two years, are interred at Resthaven Gardens of Memory in Baton Rouge.[1] Bagwell's papers, dated 1941 to 1969, which cover his Republican Party activities, are, like those of his son, available through the LSU Archives.[17]1 He was buried at Resthaven Gardens of Memory and Mausoleum, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana.1

Children of Harrison Garey Bagwell and June Sue Ross

Citations

  1. [S4440] Harrison G Bagwell Grave Stone, Find a Grave, www.findagrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi
  2. [S4441] Harrison Garey Bagwell Grave Stone, Find a Grave, www.findagrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi
  3. [S4443] Carole Bagwell Beard Grave Stone, Find a Grave, www.findagrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi