Merri VanLue

F, b. 16 April 1955, d. 1 May 2017
     Merri VanLue was born on 16 April 1955 in Niles, Berrien County, Michigan. As of 20 June 1989,her married name was Bagwell. She married Johnny Bagwell, son of Leonard Bagwell and Virginia Lee Stark, on 20 June 1989 at Las Vegas, Nevada. Merri VanLue died on 1 May 2017 in Buchanan, Berrien County, Michigan, at age 62


Merri Bagwell, 62, of Buchanan, passed away at her home on Monday, May 1, 2017, while surrounded by her family.

Merri was born on April 16, 1955, to the late Kenneth and Marian (Dempsey) VanLue in Niles. She graduated from Niles High School in 1973. She became a lifelong waitress at many restaurants in the Niles area including Dougan’s Pit Stop/Viking Grill, where she worked as a server for more than 20 years. Merri was a people person in every sense of the word. She loved socializing and interacting with everyone she met. On June 20, 1989, Merri wed Johnny Bagwell at a ceremony in Las Vegas. The two were inseparable. They epitomized the definition of LOVE. There were never two people who were more committed to caring for one another. Merri always saw the good in every situation; if it was raining it meant the flowers were going to grow, if it snowed it meant the grandchildren could go sledding, and when she was diagnosed with cancer at age 30 it meant “at least I won’t have to shave the hair on my legs!” She also saw the good in all those around her. She was a lover of all things, especially nature, music, simplicity, people and children, and her family.

Merri enjoyed traveling with her husband; it didn’t matter if it was in the back yard making up a song about potatoes on the way to their vegetable garden, taking a two-week train trip to Yosemite National Park or one of their many cruises. Merri always saw the positive in every situation and as long as Johnny was by her side she was happy in this adventure they were on called life.

She was preceded in death by her parents Kenneth VanLue and Marian VanLue-Gilbert; son, Samuel Reagan; brother, Kenneth VanLue, Jr and grandson, Parker Williams.

Merri is survived by her husband of nearly 28 years, Johnny; their children, Julie (Mark) Williams of Niles and Melissa Bagwell of Niles; grandchildren, Alexis (PJ) Pollock, Anthony Parris, Abby Parris, Garrett Williams, Carter Williams, DJ Bagwell and Delainey Reagan; great-grandson, Remington Pollock; siblings, Linda (Steve) Kujawa of Edwardsburg and Dan (Pam) VanLue of Niles; and many extended family members and close friends.

A time of visitation will take place on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at Brown Funeral Home in Niles from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Funeral service to honor Merri’s amazing life will be held on Friday at Pokagon United Methodist Church at 11:00 a.m.



Children of Merri VanLue and Johnny Bagwell

Julie Bagwell

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     Julie Bagwell is the daughter of Johnny Bagwell and Merri VanLue. Julie Bagwell married Mark Williams after 2005.

Mark Williams

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     Mark Williams married Julie Bagwell, daughter of Johnny Bagwell and Merri VanLue, after 2005.

Melissa Bagwell

F
     Melissa Bagwell is the daughter of Johnny Bagwell and Merri VanLue.

Johnny Wayne Bagwell

M
     Johnny Wayne Bagwell is the son of Johnny Wayne Bagwell and Lovedia Lee Anderson. Johnny Wayne Bagwell married Carol Jean Lewis on 16 February 2001 at Hood County, Texas.

Carol Jean Lewis

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     Carol Jean Lewis married Johnny Wayne Bagwell, son of Johnny Wayne Bagwell and Lovedia Lee Anderson, on 16 February 2001 at Hood County, Texas.

Dora Gay Bagwell

F, b. 11 December 1964, d. 2 April 2002
     Dora Gay Bagwell was born on 11 December 1964 in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas. She was the daughter of Johnny Wayne Bagwell and Lovedia Lee Anderson. Dora Gay Bagwell died on 2 April 2002 in Texas at age 37. She was buried at Cumby Acres Cemetery, Alvord, Wise County, Texas.

Johnny Wayne Bagwell

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     Johnny Wayne Bagwell married Lovedia Lee Anderson on 28 July 1964 at Fort Worth, Texas. Johnny Wayne Bagwell married Georgia (?) after 1972. Johnny Wayne Bagwell and Lovedia Lee Anderson were divorced on 15 April 1980 at Tarrant County, Texas.

Children of Johnny Wayne Bagwell and Lovedia Lee Anderson

Lovedia Lee Anderson

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     Lovedia Lee Anderson married Johnny Wayne Bagwell on 28 July 1964 at Fort Worth, Texas. Lovedia Lee Anderson and Johnny Wayne Bagwell were divorced on 15 April 1980 at Tarrant County, Texas. Lovedia Lee Anderson married (?) Ford after 1981.

Children of Lovedia Lee Anderson and Johnny Wayne Bagwell

Clint Eric Bagwell

M, b. 16 May 1972, d. 31 January 1973
     Clint Eric Bagwell was born on 16 May 1972 in Tarrant County, Texas. He was the son of Johnny Wayne Bagwell and Lovedia Lee Anderson. Clint Eric Bagwell died on 31 January 1973. He was buried at Ebenezer Cemetery, West Point, Cullman County, Alabama.

Georgia (?)

F
     Georgia (?) married Johnny Wayne Bagwell after 1972.

Laverna Lynn Bagwell

F, b. 7 December 1967, d. 7 February 1997
     Laverna Lynn Bagwell was born on 7 December 1967 in Fort Worth, Texas. She was the daughter of Johnny Wayne Bagwell and Lovedia Lee Anderson. As of 17 November 1995,her married name was Long. Laverna Lynn Bagwell married Daniel Lee Long on 17 November 1995. Laverna Lynn Bagwell died on 7 February 1997 in Decatur, Wise County, Texas, at age 29. She was buried on 10 February 1997 at Cumby Acres Cemetery, Wise County, Texas.

Daniel Lee Long

M
     Daniel Lee Long married Laverna Lynn Bagwell, daughter of Johnny Wayne Bagwell and Lovedia Lee Anderson, on 17 November 1995.

(?) Ford

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     (?) Ford married Lovedia Lee Anderson after 1981.

(?) Firu

M
     (?) Firu married Stacy Renee Bagwell, daughter of John Wayne Bagwell, after 1988.

John Wayne Bagwell

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     John Wayne Bagwell married Gail Devaun Burrows on 18 February 1994 at Tarrant County, Texas.

Gail Devaun Burrows

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     Gail Devaun Burrows married John Wayne Bagwell on 18 February 1994 at Tarrant County, Texas.

Chandelor Bagwell

M
     Chandelor Bagwell is the son of Clint J. Bagwell.

Cassidy Bagwell

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     Cassidy Bagwell is the daughter of Clint J. Bagwell.

Denton L. Rinehart

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     Denton L. Rinehart married Violet Elnora Bagwell, daughter of Larkin Madison Bagwell and Lavada Elnora Martin, on 27 May 1977.

Robert C. Jennings

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     Robert C. Jennings married Violet Elnora Bagwell, daughter of Larkin Madison Bagwell and Lavada Elnora Martin, on 14 August 1965. Robert C. Jennings and Violet Elnora Bagwell were divorced on 19 April 1974 at Taylor County, Texas.

Jessie Dial

M
     Jessie Dial married Eva Marie Bagwell, daughter of Larkin Madison Bagwell and Lavada Elnora Martin, after 1938.

Cynthia Carol Martin

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     Cynthia Carol Martin married Ronald Clifford Bagwell, son of James Howard "Ike" Bagwell and Helen Bernece Odle, on 27 February 1983 at Grayson County, Texas.

Pamela Rose (?)

F
     Pamela Rose (?) married Ronald Clifford Bagwell, son of James Howard "Ike" Bagwell and Helen Bernece Odle, on 1 August 1967. Pamela Rose (?) and Ronald Clifford Bagwell were divorced on 19 June 1968 at Dallas, Texas.

Rebecca Lynn Bell

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     Rebecca Lynn Bell married Ronald Clifford Bagwell, son of James Howard "Ike" Bagwell and Helen Bernece Odle, on 15 October 1969 at Dallas, Texas. Rebecca Lynn Bell and Ronald Clifford Bagwell were divorced on 13 October 1970 at Dallas, Texas.

Diane Marie Trofholz

F
     Diane Marie Trofholz married Ronald Clifford Bagwell, son of James Howard "Ike" Bagwell and Helen Bernece Odle, on 5 December 1994 at Kaufman County, Texas.

Diane Elizabeth Bagwell

F, b. 4 November 1946, d. 4 November 2020
     Diane Elizabeth Bagwell was born on 4 November 1946 in Cumming, Forsyth County, Georgia. She was the daughter of Reverend Robert Haldene Bagwell and Alta Catherine Holbrook. As of 21 November 1970,her married name was Batchelor. Diane Elizabeth Bagwell married Edward Batchelor on 21 November 1970 at Brookwood Baptist Church, Cumming, Georgia. Diane Elizabeth Bagwell died on 4 November 2020 in Macon, Bibb County, Georgia, at age 74. She was buried at Henderson Stripling Cemetery, Jones County, Georgia.

Edward Batchelor

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     Edward Batchelor married Diane Elizabeth Bagwell, daughter of Reverend Robert Haldene Bagwell and Alta Catherine Holbrook, on 21 November 1970 at Brookwood Baptist Church, Cumming, Georgia.

Hannah Bagwell

F, b. 1881, d. 13 April 1910
     Hannah Bagwell was born in 1881. She died on 13 April 1910. She was buried at Camberwell Old Cemetery, Camberwell, London Borough of Southwark, Greater London, England.

Sidney David Bagwell

M, d. 5 May 1945
     Sidney David Bagwell died on 5 May 1945. He was buried at Camberwell Old Cemetery, Camberwell, London Borough of Southwark, Greater London, England; was a Civilian War Dead.