Mr. Richard Lofton Bagnal Sr. passed away Saturday, Dec. 11, 2004, at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was born Nov. 16, 1919, in Columbia, S.C., to Luther Nettles and Susie Lofton Bagnal. He was a 1936 graduate of R.J. Reynolds High School and a 1940 graduate of The Citadel, where he was Southern Conference boxing champion in 1940. He proudly served five years in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was the past president of Bagnal Lumber Co. As a member of First Baptist Church, he was a life deacon and a member of the Enablers Sunday school class. He was a member of Forsyth Masonic Lodge and was a 33-degree endowed life member of the Winston-Salem Scottish Rite Bodies and a member of the Winston-Salem York Rite Bodies. Until his health began to fail, Richard was an enthusiastic Wake Forest football and basketball fan, rarely missing a home game. He enjoyed boating, especially in his mother’s hometown of McClellanville, S.C. He taught his children how to sail, water ski, identify birds, appreciate music, play bridge and Scrabble, ride a horse and play backyard sports. In 1941, Richard married his lifelong sweetheart, Margaret Austin, who survives of the home. He was a dedicated father. His brother, Luke Bagnal, preceded him in death. He is survived by his children, Margaret Broderson, Carolyn Johnson and husband, Jon, Dick Bagnal and wife, Vana, and Patsy Bagnal; his four grandchildren, Joyce Griner and husband, Rich, Mara Gardner and husband, Joe, and Ira Broderson and Richard Bagnall III; and two great-grandchildren, Madeline and Richmond Griner. He is also survived by his sister, Suzanne Britt, of McClellanville, S.C.; his brother, Harry Bagnal; and many special nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, at Vogler and Sons Reynolda Road Chapel with visitation to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home or to First Baptist Church, 501 W. Fifth St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101. Margaret and her family wish to express their deep appreciation to all those who have been so very kind and helpful during Richard’s illness.
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