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Elvie Harris Bagley

December 25, 1935 January 9, 2012
Elvie Harris Bagley
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On January 9, 2012, the Lord called home his beloved daughter, Elvie Lucy Harris Bagley. Elvie was born on December 25, 1935 in Troy, Alabama to the late Isham Henry Harris, Sr. and Lillie Mae McCarthan. She was married for forty-nine years to the late Raleigh Morris Bagley, Jr. and from this union they were blessed with two children, Raleigh III and Angela. Elvie was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Blackstone where she served as a Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher. She was a member of the choir, Deaconess Ministry, Dorcas Circle and the Hospitality Ministry.
At an early age, Elvie accepted Jesus Christ and was baptized at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Troy by the late Rev. George H. Smith. She attended Oakland Heights Elementary School and graduated from Academy Street High School in 1954. Elvie loved education and working with children, as well as adults. She earned the following degrees: B.S. degree in Elementary Education from Alabama State University in 1958; B.S. degree in Guidance and School Social Work from Hampton Institute in 1962; a counseling certification from William and Mary in 1963; M.Ed. in Special Education from the University of Virginia in 1970; and Ed. S. in Special Education from the University of Virginia in 1973.
Elvie began her career as a teacher and an administrator for Nottoway County Public Schools at Ingleside Elementary School. As a teacher, she empowered the lives of students from kindergarten to sixth grade. Elvie began expanding her career in the field of education as a principal at Watson Elementary School and later, as a school social worker for the county. Finally, she found her true calling as the Director of Special Education and Related Services, where she helped change the lives of many students and parents throughout Nottoway. While working as the Director of Special Education, Elvie served as an educational consultant to the Southside Special Education Consortium, an Adjunct Professor to Longwood University, a member of several special education review teams for the Department of Education. She retired from Nottoway Public Schools in June 1993, but came out of retirement for three years to establish the Nottoway Parent Resource Center. Elvie was a member of the following professional organizations: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity Chapter 7 Research Committee, Virginia Council of Special Education, Council of Exceptional Children, Council on Children and Youth Inc., and Piedmont Planning Council.
Elvie loved to cook, read, complete word search puzzles, collect angels, tea cups, cookbooks, and Santa Claus figurines. She could grow and revive any houseplant. Elvie had a beautiful voice and she loved to sing. Most of all, she loved and adored her six grandsons. Elvie was interested in every activity that they participated in and she wanted to hear all the details of their pursuits.
She leaves to cherish her memories: her mother, Lillie Mae Harris; one son, Rev. Raleigh M. Bagley, III (Sandra); one daughter, Minister Angela Bagley-Dickens (Lafayette); six grandsons, Raleigh IV (Ron) and Matthew Bagley, Elliott, Jarrett, Zachary and Nathaniel Dickens; devoted nephew, Dennis Bagley (Brenda); devoted cousins Dorothy and Richard Bagley; five sisters, Mary Wittke, Seminolia Lamar, Willie Mae Lampley, Elnora Bush, and Bettye Jones; one brother, Isham Harris, Jr. (Agnes); devoted nephew, Brian Todd Walker; devoted cousins Anne Williams and Bill Long; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends; among these devoted friends Bertha Davis, Elvira Ford, Sadie Epes and Joy Spence.
Funeral Services Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the Nottoway Senior High School Auditorium, Blackstone with interment in the Greenview Cemetery, Blackstone.
W.E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home of Blackstone in charge of arrangements.
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