Albert Lloyd Wagnon (1923 - 2016)

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Albert Lloyd Wagnon, former Executive Director of the Gadsden-Etowah Tourism Board, passed away at age 92. The Funeral will be at Collier-Butler Funeral Home Chapel Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, at 2:00 pm, with Jonathon Heard officiating. The body will lie in state one hour prior. Burial will be at Forrest Cemetery with Collier-Butler Funeral Home in charge.
Mr. Wagnon was a native of Etowah County and proud to call Gadsden his hometown. Prior to his 14 years promoting Tourism at home, Mr. Wagnon served 13 years in County Government in Georgia. He was The Drainage Engineer for Dekalb County, the County Manager of Habersham County, and County Administrator of Forsyth County, where he retired and returned home to Gadsden.
After becoming Alabama's youngest professional land surveyor at age 26, he entered private practice in Gadsden as a Surveyor and Land Planner, and through the years executed some of the area's finest residential subdivisions: including Wildwood Estates, Mountain Brow Estates, Cherokee Estates, and Argyle Hills. He was a charter member of the Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors and the oldest active member at the time of his death
A B-25 Bomber Pilot in World War Two, Lloyd flew 53 combat missions over southern Europe, earning several medals and awards, including tile Air Medal with six oak-leaf clusters. In 1983 he retired from tile US Airforce Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Mr. Wagnon's record of public service spans more than 60 years. He served as a member of the Gadsden Planning Commission and assisted in the development of Gadsden's Master Plan; he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Alabama School of Trades, where he played a crucial role in the acquisition of the Gadsden State Junior College for his Community. He was a founding member of tile Cultural Arts Foundation Board and served as Treasurer during the construction phase. In 1989 Colonel Wagnon was named Patriot of the Year by the Alabama Legislature and was inducted into the Etowah County Patriots Hall of Honor.
As Tourism Director, Lloyd was responsible for bringing the Alabama Princess Riverboat to the Coosa River and extensively promoted the historical significance of the Riverboat Era, including the Re-enactment of "Lafferty's Landing" and the founding of the town of Gadsden. The "Princess" was later re-christened as the "Lady Lee" in memory of Lloyd's beloved wife Lee. More recently, he authored and published his book "Vapor Trails", sub¬ titled "My Life 101", a compilation of 101 short stories written through the years.
Lloyd was a committed Christian, an ordained Deacon, and a member of the First Baptist Church of Gadsden.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Minnie Lee Turner-Wagnon; father, Herman L Wagnon; mother, Sadie Louise Sizemore-Wagnon; brothers, Hyram L. Wagnon and Jerry Lee Wagnon.
Family survivors are his two daughters, Linda Lee Wagnon-Heard and Deborah Lenora Wagnon; grandsons, Jonathon and Jason Heard; granddaughter, Georgianna Lenora Karina Wagnon; great-grandsons, Hunter, Fisher, and River Heard; great-granddaughters, Nora Evangeline and Zoe Lee Heard; brothers, Jack A., Robert H. and Roy D. Wagnon; sister, Sadie Marie Wagnon-Brown; son-ln-law, Ralph Wayne Heard; sister-in-law, Burma Norwood-Wagnon; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Honorary pallbearers will be great-grandsons and great-grandnephews, and all personal friends and supporters who endured until the end. The body will remain at Collier-Butler Funeral Home and the Family will receive friends on Sunday, Jan. 10, from 5-7 p.m.
Collier-Butler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in Forsyth County News from Jan. 9 to Jan. 11, 2016
Arrangements under the direction of:
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