Paul Hagan Sr., 84, of Jacksonville, died Jan. 18, 2013, at Onslow Memorial Hospital.
Viewing is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 at Marshall Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 131 Marshall Chapel Rd. Funeral services are noon Saturday at the church with the Rev. William C. Jones officiating. Interment follows at Onslow Memorial Park.
Born July 3, 1928, in Carrollton, Ga., to the late Tom and Rena Hagan. Hagan joined the U.S. Marine Corps Aug. 16, 1946. At 16, he reported to Camp Montford Point, a segregated training facility established for blacks during World War II. From 1942 to 1949, the camp trained the first black men admitted into the USMC. These men are the Montford Point Marines. A Korean War veteran, Hagan was stationed in the South Pacific, Hawaii and Camp Lejeune. Last year, Hagan, and his fellow Montford Pointers, received the Congressional Gold Medal for their role in helping to desegregate the military and nation. Following retirement from the Corps, Hagan held a civil service position in transportation management aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.
Hagan was a member of Marshall Chapel Missionary Baptist Church where he served as a trustee and on the nursing home visitation ministry. He was a neighborhood watch captain for Bell Fork Homes, chaplain for the Bell Fork Homes Association and member of the VFW. Hagan was a life member of the Camp Lejeune Chapter of the Montford Point Marine Association. Longtime chapter chaplain, Hagan was inducted into the MPMA Hall of Fame in August.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lizzie Hagan; daughter, Johnnie Elizabeth Hagan; brother, Sam Hagan; and sister, Eugenia Williams. He is survived by his children, Ms. Phyllis Wilkins of Roanoke Rapids, Dr. Paul Hagan Jr. of Holly Springs, Mr. Johnny Hagan of Riverdale, Ga., Mr. Samuel Hagan of High Point and Ms. Teresa Richmond of Jacksonville; daughter-in-laws, Barbara, Sharon and Marie Hagan; son-in-law, Milton Wilkins; 21 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Montford Point Marine Memorial, P.O. Box 7222, Jacksonville, NC 28540 or at mpmamemorial.com and click on donation.