James Patterson Hagan
James Patterson Hagan
  • March 18, 1918 - December 26, 2017
  • Dallas, Texas

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James Patterson Hagan, born March 18, 1918 in Troup, Texas to Sandy Walker Hagan and Ytol Myrelle Caldwell Hagan, passed away on December 26, 2017. James Patterson Hagan moved to Tyler, TX around the age of two. He attended Tyler High School and briefly went to the University of Texas before joining the Army, training in Denver, Colorado and serving at the 67th General Hospital in Taunton, England during World War II where he managed an orthopedic wing. After being discharged in 1945, James started a home improvement business in Beaumont, Texas with partner Bill Kemp which later became the Hagan Fence Co. which made and sold fences. Together with Bill, they extended Hagan Fence across the southern states from Texas to Florida including a factory to make their own chain link. The partnership of Bill and James lasted 40 years until 1985 when James retired and moved to Dallas to be near his grandkids.
In 1946 James married Lena Ann Bell Graves and their union lasted 54 years until her death in 2000. In 2001, James married his high school sweetheart, Norma Terry and moved to Tyler. Norma died in 2012.
In 1984, James received a Doctorate of Humanity from University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and served on the Board of Trustees there for 12 years. While working with the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, James and Lena endowed the Chair of Church Music. James belonged to the Rotary Club for over 50 years and carried the Rotary banner all over the world in his travels. James was a deacon at the First Baptist Church in Beaumont for most of his years there. In Dallas, in 1985, James and Lena belonged to Park Cities Baptist Church. In Tyler, in 2001, James joined Norma's church, Marvin Avenue Methodist.
James is predeceased by his wife Lena, Norma, his parents, his brothers: Grady Caldwell Hagan (and wife Mary Louise), Sandy Walker Hagan, Jr. (and wife Wanda), Richard Earl Hagan who died at age ten and a sister who died in infancy.
James is survived by his daughters Elizabeth Ann Hagan Barber Morrow, Arana Anterra Hagan, son in law Craig Morrow and grandchildren Hagan Samuels Barber and Mallary Elizabeth Barber Jolly and her husband, Gavin Jolly. Visitation will take place on Tuesday, January 2nd from 5pm until 7pm. A graveside service will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park on Wednesday, January 3rd at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you send donations to Operation Kindness.