William Howard Hagwood

William Howard Hagwood

William Howard Hagwood
January 28, 1941 – May 18, 2020

WILSON – William Howard Hagwood, 79, passed away on Monday. He was born in Wake County to the late Herman Cornelius Hagwood and Ola Bessie Davis Hagwood. He worked as a truck driver and was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force. He was dedicated to the 4H NC Horse Program, where he was lovingly known as “Grumpy.” Howard was a loving and devoted husband, father, brother and friend. One of a kind, Howard was a strong-willed, kind-hearted man who always spoke his mind.

Funeral service, 11am Friday in the Chapel of Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory with burial to follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens. A livestream of the Chapel Service will be available for viewing via www.facebook.com/stricklandfuneral

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Ellen Hunter Hagwood of the home; children, Anna Hagwood of Conover, Lillian Bell (Monzell) of Goldsboro, Lorie Merschat (Kurt) of Louisburg, Howard Hagwood, Jr. (Crystal) of Clayton, Connie Hagwood and Tillie Hagwood of the home; grandchildren, Ashton Bell, Braydon Bell, Heather Smith, Tyler Hagwood, Mathew Clifton and Jessica Earp and several great-grandchildren.

Mr. Hagwood will lie in state on Thursday from 12-4pm at Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, 211 W. Third St., Wendell. www.stricklandfuneral.com


  • Anne Wicke Posted May 19, 2020 7:10 pm

    Prayers of comfort and healing for the family and friends, he was such a nice man and is truly a loss.

  • Lillian A Bell Posted May 19, 2020 8:34 pm

    I love you daddy! I miss you so much but I know you’re watching over all of us! You’re in Heaven waiting for all us to get there, so catch a lot of fish and we’ll see you soon! 😘 🙏 💜

  • Laurie Wood Posted May 20, 2020 12:39 pm

    Sending prayers for comfort and peace to Anna and her family. Anna, you have talked about so many good times you had with your father….i know that you will cherish all the good memories and remember……. your Dad hasn’t left you….he is still here in so many ways….until you meet again….thinking of you and all of your family during this extra difficult time!

  • Amanda and Philip Strole Posted May 20, 2020 12:51 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I know he will be greatly missed. Always enjoyed talking with him about horses. We will be praying for your family.

  • Henry and Shirley Moore Posted May 20, 2020 1:34 pm

    May the peace that comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead.

  • George and Yolanda Hudson Posted May 20, 2020 4:06 pm

    With great condolences for the Haywood family, may many prayers be for all.

  • Harris JR., KING D. Posted May 20, 2020 4:41 pm

    May our Lord n Savior Bless you n your Family w/Grace-Love-Mercy. He is All Knowing n knows what’s best for us, n isn’t going to put no more on us than we can bear. So hold your heads up high because you will see him again. K. D. Harris Jr.

  • Jerry Roberts Posted May 20, 2020 4:50 pm

    Ellen and Anna, my condolences to you and family.

  • Monzell Bell Posted May 20, 2020 4:50 pm

    Words can’t describe the pain in my heart from losing you. You done more for me than my real father, and I appreciate all the love and support you showed me over the years of knowing you. I can’t call on you now when I need help fixing things, and it hurts knowing that you’re not around. Pops you were the definition of a real dad. Honest, loving, and loyal. I just hope and pray that I can be the husband and father you were… Love forever and always your son Monzell..

  • Gregg Winstead Posted May 20, 2020 8:26 pm

    My condolence to you and your family. Praying that God give you strength and comfort during this difficult time

  • Kay Moss. Posted May 20, 2020 10:42 pm

    Love is in the heart of your friends. Kay Moss

  • George and Joyce Gunn Posted May 21, 2020 1:42 pm

    May GOD ‘s healing hands be upon the family

  • Ronald Hunter Posted May 21, 2020 10:17 pm

    Mrs. Ellen, Anna, Lorie, Lillian and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Mr. Hagwood was a good man and I enjoyed the conversations he and I shared. I thank God that he allowed our paths to cross. Hold your heads up high knowing that you gave him the best care and love you could during his illness. May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ
    be with you all.

  • Connie Mack & Trudy Franks Posted May 22, 2020 4:11 pm

    Message: Tell the family we are sorry we cannot be there because of the virus situation. We love them and God Bless! Connie Mack and Trudy Franks

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