C. Norman “Wag” Wagoner, beloved husband, father, grandfather and “Teller of Tales,” entered the Church Triumphant on May 22, 2018, at Kiser Hospice House. He was 87.
Born June 16, 1930, in Gold Hill, Wag was the son of the late David Edward Wagoner and Maie Frick Wagoner.
Wag began work early, with his first job in a mill at age 14. He was proud to tell stories of working in the Gold Hill mines and delivering messages on his motorcycle. He was an Army veteran and also served in the Merchant Marines. After returning from military service, he became the produce manager at Food Town. He worked there until he was hired by Southern Railways, first as a brake man. Wag went on to work as a train master and an engineer. He retired from Southern Railways after 32 1/2 years.
In 1971, he married his love Barbara Uzzell Boyd. Together they raised three children, grandchildren and a host of their children’s friends who were always welcomed as part of the family.
Treasured memories were made by spending time with his family at the lake and the beach. He liked working in his shop and could build or repair anything.
Daddy Wag, as he was known to his grandchildren and numerous friends, entertained them all with stories of things he had seen and done over the years. He was truly a “Teller of Tales,” who never met a stranger and was a man of faith and kindness. He was always willing to help others.
A 32nd degree Mason, Wag was a former chaplain for Fulton Lodge #99 A.F. and A.M. He was also a member of the Oasis Shrine Temple and Charlotte Scottish Rite Bodies.
Wag, a former member of Haven Lutheran Church, served on the Church Council, chaired several committees, and managed the sound system. Wag later became a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church where he was an active member until a lengthy illness.
Wag will be missed by all who knew and loved him: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” His memory will be cherished and celebrated by those who survive him, including his wife of 47 years, Barbara Uzzell Wagoner; daughters Jennie (Sid) Short of Norwood and Leslie (Randy) Pulley of Raleigh; granddaughter Jordan Short of Raleigh; grandsons Grayson Short of Raleigh, Samuel Taylor Boyd of Asheville, and Jake Pulley of Raleigh; his sister, Brenda Wagoner Taylor of Rockwell; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Randy C. Wagoner and Samuel R. Boyd; brothers Raymond, Earl, Beauford, Spencer “Hamp”, and Bruce Wagoner; and sisters Ruby Wiles, Polly Lauchman, Ethel Stancil and Rachel Shoaf.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Salisbury, NC. The family will receive visitors at 10 a.m. in Peeler Hall.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital, 950 West Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605, Rowan Hospice & Palliative Care, 720 Grove St., Salisbury, NC 28144 or St. John’s Lutheran Church, G to G Phase Two Renovation, 200 West Innes St., Salisbury, NC 28144.
Lyerly Funeral Home is assisting the Wagoner family. Online condolences may be made at www.lyerlyfuneralhome.com.