Mr. James Rodney Hagan passed away on July 9th, 2019 at Integrity-Cedar Plantation Senior Living in Metter, Georgia after an extended illness at the age of 76. Mr. Hagan was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Elizabeth Howard and James Edward Hagan of Savannah, and his beloved wife of 52 years, Linda Kay Stanley, originally of Lyons.
Surviving Mr. Hagan are his son Mike Hagan and wife Leesa of Lyons; his daughter Kimberly Tindell and husband Jeremy of Evans; his two grandsons, James Rodney and Henry Richard Hagan; and his granddaughter, Ava Grace Tindell. He is also survived by his sister, Kay Hagan Shiell, her husband, Alexander "Bubba" Shiell, and their sons, Jamie, Jason, and Kevin.
Mr. Hagan was born on November 23, 1942, in Bulloch County Georgia. He graduated from South Georgia Technical and Vocational School in Americus. While both were students there, he met the love of his life, Linda Stanley. The two were married November 1, 1963, and eventually moved to Talahi Island, Savannah, where they raised their two children and lived until 2005. After Mr. Hagan's retirement from Great Dane Trailers, where he worked for 37 years as a designer, Mr. and Mrs. Hagan moved to Guyton.
Mr. Hagan, who was a Master Gardener, was known for his meticulous care of his yard and home. He and his wife spent countless hours beautifying their neighborhood with their attention to detail and love of plants, inspiring others to do the same. They were frequently awarded Yard of the Month by the Talahi Island Garden Club.
Upon his wife's death in 2017, Mr. Hagan moved to Lyons to live with his son and family who cared for him until he moved to Cedar Plantation for assistance during his final struggle with Alzheimer's disease.
Mr. Hagan was an active member of Ardsley Park Baptist Church of Savannah and later the First Baptist Church of Rincon. He served His Lord as a Deacon at both and volunteered in many ways over the years, all to God's glory. Upon his move to Lyons, he faithfully attended Grace Community Presbyterian Church with his family.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to the caregivers at Cedar Plantation for the loving kindness and compassion they showed to J Rod, as he liked to be called, during his decline and death.
Visitation will be Thursday from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home, Vidalia.
The funeral will be Friday, July 12th, at 1:00 p.m. in the Grace Community Presbyterian Church in Lyons. Interment will follow in Eastside Cemetery in Statesboro.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Grace Community Presbyterian Church, PO Box 1848, Vidalia, GA 30475.
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