William (Bill) Robert Hagee was born in Tularosa Oct. 27, 1920, to parents W.T. (Scott) and Lena Bell Hagee. Deceased August 30, 2013.
Choosing to serve in World War II as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard on board the U.S.S. Callaway during the Pacific campaign, Bill survived one of the first kamikaze attacks of the war and was honorably discharged in March 1946.
On September 7, 1946, he married Jacquelyn Grace Culbertson and remained married until his death 67 years later.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters Betty Decker, Louise Fitts and June Charlton.
He is survived by his wife, Jacquelyn Grace, sister Maggie Hagee, sons W.S. (Bill) Hagee and Warren (Russ) Hagee, daughters Donna Clifford and husband, Dennis, Caryn (Carrie) Cooper and husband, Ernie; grandchildren Scott Hagee and wife, Lisa, Stephanie Ware and husband, George, Denny Clifford and wife, Lucy, Rob Clifford and wife, Christina, Jerry Clifford and wife, Lisa, Tiffany Kendall and husband, Steven, Curtis Cooper and Anthony Cooper; and great-grandchildren Alyx Hagee, Dennis Clifford III, Jonathan Clifford, Robin Clifford, Wade Clifford, Dana Clifford, Kimberly Clifford, Jennifer Clifford and Dwight Kendall.
Bill was a deeply religious and musically talented cowboy with a strong passion for the Great American West. Although he was never able to pursue his life-long dream as a full-time cowboy, he often helped his ranching friends work their ranches when they were short-handed. Bill also contributed to his local church as an active witness and lay preacher. From an early age Bill loved listening to and playing music. Performing in a family band from a young age, Bill went on to play as a band musician for local dances and as a special musical guest for his church. As a loyal, loving father, he chose to forego his life-long dream of being a cowboy and instead worked in the auto repair industry to support his family. Bill made many friends in his personal and professional life and often spoke fondly of them. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Vickie McKinzey and Rose Mollan for their support and all his friends from Al-o-mars Cafe in Tularosa.
The honorary pallbearers are Erwin Johnson, John Cherry, Frank Rust, Dr. Gary Siebel, Dwaynne Efird, Clyde Orr, Matt Griffin, Pete Griffin, Joe Shanto and Bernie Burnett.
The family would also like to thank the congregation of the Alamogordo Seventh-day Adventist Church for their generous and caring visits and spiritual support.
Flowers for Bill may be sent to Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home, 1334 N. Scenic Dr., Alamogordo, NM 88311. In lieu of flowers, a donation in memory of Bill Hagee would be appreciated to the Wounded Warriors Project at www.woundedwarrierproject.org. Please use the following acknowledgment address so the family can acknowledge the generosity of the donors: Hagee Family, P.O. Box 677, La Luz, NM 88337.
The funeral services will be held at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1000 S. Canyon Rd, Alamogordo at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 with graveside services at the Angus, N.M., Cemetery at 4:30 p.m.
The Hagee family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the arrangements.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.hamiltonodell.com.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Sept. 5 to Oct. 4, 2013