Mr. Waddell “Waddy” Mobley Hagins, Jr., of Albany died Sunday Nov 9, 2014 at his residence.
Funeral service will held Saturday 2:00PM at First Presbyterian Church with interment to follow at Crown Hill Cemetery. Rev. Tom Sparks and Mr. Alan Pendleton will be officiating.
The family will receive friends Friday 6:00 to 8:00PM at Kimbrell-Stern.
Mr. Hagins Jr. was born in Lancaster, South Carolina, in 1935. He moved to Albany, Georgia, at the age of 5 and graduated from Albany High School. He earned a Bachelors of Business Administration from Davidson College.
He served in Korea performing covert ops for the Army Security Agency. After 2 years he returned to civilian life and was later called back to active duty during the Berlin crisis. He retired as a captain in the US Army completing seven years of service and started his business career under his father at Belks Department Stores.
Following the death of his father, Tom Hagins, Waddell later assumed control over Belks-Hagins and expanded upon the business partnership that existed between the two families. Waddell said “I’ve worked all my life. I began working at Belks when I was 9 years old, and as a youth sold soft drinks at ball games.”
Waddell was a deacon and elder at First Presbyterian Church of Albany Georgia; a founding director of First National Bank (currently Ameris Bank); a member of the board of trustees at Darton College; a member of the Dougherty County Kiwanis Club; a committee member for the Georgia employers support for the Guard and Reserve.
Mr. Hagins was preceded in death by his parents, Waddell (Tom) Mobley Hagins and Grace Harper Hagins.
Survivors include his wife, Suzann B. Hagins of Albany, his children, Ann Hagins Johnson of Albany, Pamela Hagins Buntin and her husband Bill of Albany and Thomas Hagins and his wife Hannah of Vinings, GA, grandchildren, MacKenzie George, Courtland Buntin and Harper Buntin, sisters, Sarah Grace Tarpley of Marietta and Eleanor Bradwell and her husband Gordon of Athens, GA, numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 220 N. Jackson St., Albany, GA 31701, American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or Albany Community Hospice c/o Phoebe Foundation, P.O. Box 3770, Albany, GA 31706.
You may sign our online guestbook and share your own special thoughts with the family of Mr. Hagins by visiting Kimbrell-Stern’s website at www.kimbrellstern.com.
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