E.J. (Slim) Bagwell passed quietly into eternity while sleeping on Sunday morning, September, 15, 2013.
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He was born in Ben Lomond, Arkansas on December 30, 1920, to William Dan and Dora Blanche Bagwell. He had 5 siblings, Zelona, Jack, Mary, Bill and Clovis. He grew up in Arkansas where he met the love of his life, Flossie Echols. They were married and soon after moved to California to start their life together.
They were blessed with a daughter, Patsy Lou Bagwell, before "Slim" enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served his country as an infantry PFC in the 104th mountain division in Italy where he was wounded before being honorably discharged and awarded the purple
heart. He was always proud of the men and women who served this country and was grateful that he was able to be reunited with his family.
Slim and Flossie lived in Gridley before moving to the Yuba/Sutter area. After settling in Yuba City, they had a second daughter, Deborah Bagwell. They enjoyed life in the farming community and lived and worked here for the remainder of their years.
In his younger years, Slim worked in the fields, he was a lumberjack, and later became a forklift driver. He worked in that capacity for Nulaid Farms and Sunsweet for over 30 years. He said he enjoyed his last day on the job as much as his first. He was a man of simple pleasures. He was disciplined, solid, and a great Father through the best and worst of times.
Slim and Flossie enjoyed camping in the Truckee area for many years where they made wonderful friends and many memories. They enjoyed their Moose Camper Club outings and their many trips to the Reno/Tahoe area.
Slim is survived by his daughter, Debbie Grove; and son-in-law, Bill, of Sutter; his sister, Mimi; and brothers, Bill (Mary Sue) and Clovis.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jack; daughter, Patsy; and wife, Flossie.
We would like to thank Brittany, Tara, Polly and Bonnie for all the care and kindness you brought into Slim's life; Rideout Hospice for their gentle and expert guidance through Slim's final journey; Dr. Basra and Staff. To all of the staff at The Gardens, Slim loved you. You made a positive difference in his life and ours. Thank you.
Services will be held at Ullrey Memorial Chapel, Friday, Sept. 20 at 11AM. Graveside services will immediately follow at Sierra View Cemetery.
Send Condolences to
Ullrey Memorial Chapel Inc.
817 Almond Street Yuba City, CA 95991
Published in Appeal Democrat from Sept. 19 to Sept. 20, 2013