William "Will" Bagbey

William "Will" Bagbey

Suffolk, VA
02.17.1951 - 07.15.2017
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William “Will” Boyle Bagbey, Jr. went to be with the Lord July 15, 2017. Will is predeceased by his parents William B. and Lelia C. Bagbey.

            Will was a graduate of University of Mississippi, class of 1975. He was a member of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, where he also served as a district chief of the fraternity for many years Will was also an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Suffolk. Will served as an officer in the United States Navy as a nuclear engineer before working as an engineer for the General Dynamic Electric Boat division.

            Will is survived by his wife of 35 years, Nancy M. Bagbey; daughter Lelia M. Bagbey of Suffolk; brothers Francis C. Bagbey (Anne Danly) of Carey, NC and Robert D. Bagbey (Barbara) of Richmond; niece Laura T. Bagbey and nephew Daniel T. Bagbey.

            A private family service will be held at a later date. A visitation will be held from 5:00-6:00 PM Sunday July 23, 2017 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 213 N. Main St. The family is being served by R. W. Baker & Company Funeral Home and Crematory. Condolences may be registered online at RWBakerFH.com. Memorial donations may be made to the Lelia Cocke Bagbey Memorial fund at Hollins University, Hollins University, Box 9629, Roanoke, VA 24020.

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St. Paul's Episcopal Church
213 N Main St
Suffolk, VA 23434
United States


Will and I served together on USS Barry in 1980-81. He was always a great friend and shipmate. Will had a quick, sardonic wit that helped brighten the wardroom and the ship. He had a talent for making a quip at the perfect time that would have you in stitches. Will was also a highly competent officer who could be counted on the get the job done. Will and Nancy and my wife Mary and I had many good times together. Our condolences and sympathy go out to Nancy and Lelia. Will was a good man and we will miss him.

Steve & Mary Murdock

Long time, Cousin Will, since our days at Christchurch. You were a gentle soul. Thanks and all the best to your family... John Ruffin Cocke, son of Philip and Emma

John Cocke

So long, Will. Will was one of my best friends in high school and into college. He always had my back. Not long ago, I asked my friend, Bobby, if he knew Will's whereabouts, and learned that he had settled back in Tidewater. I meant to reach out, but for one reason or another I didn't. Now, I won't have the chance. My sympathies to the family. I only have the best memories of Will.

Frank Atkinson

Dear Nancy,

You and Leila are in our thoughts and prayers. Keep all the good memories close to your heart.

With our love and sympathy, Bonnie and Jay

Bonnie and Jay Mendes

I worked with will in Newport ri electric boat I was sorry to hear about this. Marcel

Marcel daquay

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