Bruce Benson Bagwell of Delhi, Louisiana, passed away in Monroe, Louisiana, on April 20, 2022. He was born September 16, 1937, in Choudrant, Louisiana, the fifth child of Willie M. and Velma O’Neal Bagwell.
He graduated from Choudrant High School in 1955 and Louisiana Tech in 1960. Bagwell served in the U.S. Air Force from 1960 to 1964. He worked in the retailing, banking, and manufacturing industries and retired from the Richland Parish Council on Aging as Director in 2000. Most recently, he worked part-time in the operations of the District Office of State Representative Francis C. Thompson.
Bruce was an active member of the Delhi United Methodist Church, serving it in many ways as a Sunday School teacher, chairman of the Administrative Council, member of the chancel choir, and bookkeeper. He enjoyed being involved with community and regional organizations such as the Original Richland Library Restoration Society, the Richland Parish Library Board, the Northeast Louisiana Livestock Show, the Northeast LA Private Industry Council, the Delhi Lions Club, and the Delhi Jaycees.
Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Alistine Bagwell Simmons and Mary Grace Bagwell Ormond, and brother, Robert J. Bagwell.
He is survived by his brother, William J. Bagwell of Homer, Louisiana; two children, Dorothy Bagwell Durband and husband Arthur of Lubbock, Texas, and Benson Womack Bagwell and Cherie McKeithen Bagwell; and grandson Benjamin Aaron Bagwell of Jonesboro, Louisiana. He was married to Mary Eva Womack Bagwell, originally of Oak Grove, Louisiana, for 24 years.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 27th, 2022, at the Delhi United Methodist Church. A memorial gathering will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. His final resting place will be in the North Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Rayville. A family ceremony will be held at a later date.
The family expresses their gratitude to the nurses and staff who provided care at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, Louisiana.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Delhi United Methodist Church or the Richland Parish Library.