Thomas Nettles Bagnal Sr., retired homebuilder, husband of Elise Carson “Sissy” Bagnal, passed away at his home on February 22, 2011. Born January 17, 1926, in Columbia, he was the son of Mallard and Jessie Bagnal. He is survived by his wife of over 61 years, “Sissy”; his children, Elise Bagnal Flowers and her husband, Charlie, Diane Bagnal-Moody and her husband, Bob, Thomas N. “Tommy” Bagnal Jr. and his wife, Elizabeth; his grandchildren, Carson Flowers Tate and her husband, Andrew, Charles Bays Flowers and his wife, Cathy, Wallis Gandy LeMasurier and her husband, Nick, Marion Moore Gandy III and his wife, Lauren, Thomas “Tripp” N. Bagnal III, Lauren Elizabeth Bagnal, David Mathews “Matt” Bagnal, James Woodson Bagnal; great-granddaughters, Emma Bays Flowers and Elise Carson Tate. Tom was a graduate of Columbia High School and he attended The Citadel. He served on active duty in Europe during World War II in the United States Army and had retired from the Army Reserves as a Major. Tom organized a group of local builders and, in 1958, they chartered Home Builders Association (H.B.A.) of Greater Columbia. He served as the first president for two terms and was involved in local, state and national levels of the H.B.A. He was a senior life director of the National Association of Home Builder’s. Tom’s contributions had long been recognized by his peers, having been named Builder of the Year in 1966 and honored with the Gordon A. Harrison Award in 1980. In 1989 he received a R.E.G.A.L. Award from The State newspaper for outstanding community service. Tom made tremendous contributions to the community and the state including 12 years on the Richland County Planning Commission. He was recognized as a successful businessman as a home builder, developer and owner of Bagnal Builders Supply Company. He served as president of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce and was named Ambassador of the Year in 1989. Tom served as chairman of the Board of Directors for the Richland Regional Medical Center Foundation and was a member of the cabinet board for the United Way of the Midlands and past chairman of the boards for the Carolina Children’s Home and Richland Memorial Hospital. He was a member of the Downtown Civitan Club and served as president. He was inducted by Palmetto Health Foundation as a Foundation Fellow in 2001. Tom had been a member of First Baptist all of his life where he coached basketball, taught Sunday school and served on numerous committees. Tom was also a member of The Summit Club, Forest Lake Country Club, The Camillia Ball, Quadrille and Caprician Clubs. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. at the Bagnal home on Wednesday, February 23, 2011. Services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, February 24, 2011, at First Baptist Church with interment following in Greenlawn Memorial Park. His grandsons and grandsons-in-law will serve as pallbearers. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, c/o Palmetto Health Foundation, Dept. 274, P.O. Box 100199, Columbia, SC 29202 or The Citadel Foundation. Please sign the online guestbook at Tags: 1947

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