(video of the Lake Toxaway Methodist Church service and celebration of her life is posted at the bottom of this page)
Susan Crow Bagwell, age 78, of Lake Toxaway, NC entered the kingdom of Heaven on August 12, 2020 after an extended illness of ALS and now is in the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
She died peacefully as her body gave way to victory and she died with gratitude for a life blessed by dear family and friends. George and she were grateful for the many prayers to sustain them through her illness.
Susan was born on May 9th, 1942 in Clarksville, TN. She graduated from Clarksville High School in 1960 and continued her education at Lindenwood College and Vanderbilt University. While attending Vanderbilt, she was an active member of Kappa Delta Sorority.
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On December 28th, 1963, she married George Earle Bagwell III and moved to Montgomery, AL where she resided for 50 years. Susan was a devoted Christian and an active member of First United Methodist Church. She was active in community affairs and was a FUMC church volunteer where she served in many capacities, among them, The Administrative Board, Board of Trustees, the Building Committee and the Interiors Committee.
Susan and George became a part of the Lake Toxaway, NC community in 2002 where they became active members of Lake Toxaway United Methodist Church. They became permanent residents in 2013. She volunteered in all capacities and welcomed everyone she met with exceeding hospitality. No one was a stranger to Susan. She loved nature in its every presentation and was never far from a garden.
Susan was preceded in death by her parents, Horace Stout Crow and Bessie Bryan Crow, her brother, Bryan Crow of Clarksville and her parents-in-law, George Earle Bagwell, Jr. and Margaret Hannon Bagwell of Montgomery. She is survived by her husband, George, her daughters Elizabeth Ficken (Wade) of Cary, NC and Catherine Hook (Hampton) of Montgomery, AL, her grandchildren, Will Ficken (Sarah) of Atlanta, GA, Emily Nelsen (Chris) of Cary, NC, Forrest Hook and Sarah Catherine Hook of New York, NY, and George Hook of Montgomery, AL, and her great-grandchildren Claire and Caleb Ficken and Brooks Nelsen. She is also survived by her brother Wally Crow of Clarksville, TN, sister-in-law, Dawn Crow of Clarksville, TN, brother-in-law, Woody Bagwell (Sara) of Montgomery, AL, sister-in-law, Tempie Sharley (Todd) of Birmingham, AL and many cousins, nephews and nieces whom she loved very dearly.
Susan’s life will be celebrated at a private family service.
This I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.”
If you wish to celebrate Susan’s life, memorials may be sent to Lake Toxaway United Methodist Church General Contributions, P.O. Box 83, Lake Toxaway, NC 28747; First United Methodist Church Outreach P.O. Box 6150 Montgomery, AL 36106; or The ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) 300 Technology Square, Suite 400, Cambridge, MA 02139.
He came to love, heal and forgive
He lived and died to buy my pardon
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living, just because He lives
I’ll fight life’s final war with pain
And then, as death gives way to victory
I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know He reigns
The following comments were shared by Susan’s dear friend and minister Reverend Marcus Dodson of Lake Toxaway United Methodist Church in his weekly bulletin:
I know many of you, like I, experienced the incredible gift of Christian hospitality from Susan Bagwell. Her faithfulness in life and in her illness have been a ministry to most of us. Her death reminds me how much we need each other and how challenging our present situation makes it for us to comfort and remind each other of God’s faithful promise of eternal life and resurrection from the dead. Susan’s most prominent spiritual gift, hospitality, needs to be celebrated and might point us to an understanding of how to approach the lessons in Romans and Matthew.
Susan once shared with a dying friend that she was about to take the best trip ever. She would especially want you to know how to join her in Heaven. Simply acknowledge that God is holy and you are not. Confess your sin to Jesus and ask Him to forgive you and He will give you new, eternal, abundant life. For more information on heaven, click here.
This page was created by George, Elizabeth and Catherine with love and delightful memories of his beloved wife and their precious mother.
Click the video below for special moments from December 2019. For better resolution and display, click the “expand / full screen” icon in lower right corner. (Looks like an X)
Susan’s middle name was Carol, and she always loved all the Christmas carols!
Everything she touched was made perfectly glorious.
Our family all participated in the celebration of Susan’s life, and the celebration that she enjoys even now. Lake Toxaway United Methodist Church and Marcus Dodson are their family in Christ.
In the service, all the singing is led by Susan’s granddaughter Sarah Catherine Hook, the scriptures are read by grandchildren Forrest Hook, Will Ficken, Emily Nelsen, and George Hook. You’ll even hear a few sounds from the great-grandchildren Claire, and babies Caleb and Brooks who were in attendance. The family eulogies were shared by daughters Elizabeth Ficken and Catherine Hook.
Susan Crow Bagwell Obituary