James A. Hagy, (Jim) 86, of Poolesville, MD, passed peacefully surrounded by family on May 30, 2018 at home.
He was the loving husband to Sharon Hagy for 51 years.
Born on April 21, 1932 in Landstreet, WV, he was the son of the late Charles H. Hagy and Emma Z. Bingham.
After leaving high school early, Jim enlisted and served honorably in the Navy during the Korean War, 1950 to 1954. He was an Aviation Machinist’s Mate Third Class aboard the USS Lake Champlain aircraft carrier. He enjoyed that time of his life, making friends, getting to see and experience so many different places and cultures while serving his country. He was always grateful to his older brother for steering him away from the Army and to the Navy.
Since leaving high school early to enlist, he began taking courses during his service to complete his High School Equivalence, which he accomplished in 1955. From there he continued his education at University of Maryland where he was a member of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, and American University, ultimately obtaining a Master’s Degree. Though not really considering a teaching career at the time, he was offered a position to teach Journalism class at Montgomery Blair, and the salary was attractive, so there it began. He taught English and Journalism at Blair until 1965 and then moved to Albert Einstein High School where he became the English Resource teacher. He became involved with the American Federation of Teachers labor union while at Einstein, was the editor of the AFT newspaper, and many good times were enjoyed while working hard to represent teachers. Jim was also sponsor of the AEHS newspaper, the Nucleus. The Nucleus students were a special group and he kept in touch with many of them for some time after retiring. Jim retired from MCPS in 1985.
After retirement Jim enjoyed life to the fullest. Always on the go, he enjoyed golf with friends, preferring to walk the course instead of riding in the cart, loved a good poker game, especially if he was winning, and loved betting on the horses (and again, winning), even working for some years as a para-mutual clerk at local race tracks. But, he most enjoyed the time together with family. With four daughters and their families in different states, there were many places to visit and explore while spending time with them. The Ocean City, MD vacations which brought everyone together most summers was the best. Sun, sand, surf, love and laughter of family enjoying every minute together was something everyone looked forward to. The time together there was never long enough but always cherished, and memories were made to last a lifetime.
He was the most loving, caring husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and we are all going to miss his contagious smile, his great (and mischievous) sense of humor, and his never-ending love for all of us. He was the foundation of his family and we all loved him beyond words. He always said “travel light”-he did. We all will “keep on trucking” just for you. It’s not “good-bye”, but “see you later”.
Surviving along with his wife are four children; Jennifer Turner (Scott) of Apline, TX, Debby Moran (Steve) of Round Rock, TX, Cindy Hagy of Hughesville, PA, Julie Thayer (Jeff) of Lake Oswego, OR; one brother; Rush Hagy of Alachua, FL; brother-in-law Tom Myers of Port Saint Lucie, Fl; sister-in-law Nancy Gibbs (Ronnie) of Montross, Va; sister-in-law Susan Hagy of Sun City Center, FL; 11 grandchildren; Andrew, Steven, Brendan, Travis, Jordan, Jessie, Casey, Jill, Caden, Sami, Nick and four great-grandchildren; Gabby, Carly, Layla and Wesley. James is also survived by numerous beloved nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.
James was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; Thomas Ames, Charles Hagy, Richard Hagy and four sisters; Anna Laura Baugh, Elizabeth McGlothlin, Dorles Hagy and Leatrice Bender.
A memorial service will be held at 11AM, June 23, 2018, at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD 20838. This will be followed by a light lunch at the United Memorial Methodist Church in Poolesville.
James will be inurned at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
If desired, memorial donations may be made to:
Upper Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department
19801 Beallsville Road, Beallsville, MD 20839
The American Heart Association