ROBERT HARLON WAGSTAFF
Husband of Bettye Frances Bragg Wagstaff, AAFA #0074
1920 TX – 2008 TX
Photo from his Find A
Center, Shelby Co., TX—26 December 2008
Robert Harlon Wagstaff, 88, of Bronson died
December 23, 2008, in Newton, Texas.
He was born October 9, 1920, in
Shelby County to Richard and Pearl Permenter Wagstaff, the seventh of nine
children. He had been a resident of Sabine County for forty-one years.
Robert attended various schools in Shelby
County and graduated from Tenaha High School in 1939. He immediately enrolled
at Stephen F. Austin State Teachers College. On November
4, 1942, he volunteered for the Army Air Corps. He trained in Las
Vegas at AAF Gunnery School (Spec Sperry Turrets). He was assigned as a tail
gunner on a B26 Martin Marauder and flew 56 missions over Europe from bases in England,
France and Belgium. He attained the rank of Staff Sgt. and was discharged on July
7, 1945. In the fall of 1945, he returned to Stephen F. Austin and earned his
He worked 39 years as a teacher, coach and
administrator in the public schools of Texas. He was employed by Brazosport ISD
in Freeport for 11 years, Lufkin ISD for 10 years and West Sabine ISD for 18
years. During his tenure at Brazosport, he earned his Master’s Degree from the University of Houston. He retired as superintendent at West Sabine ISD in 1985.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Bettye
Bragg Wagstaff of Bronson, daughter Lou Ann Wagstaff of Whitehouse, a
granddaughter Cory and her husband Rob Blackmon, great grandchildren Caylor
Brynn Balckmon, Brock Wagstaff Blackmon and Tyler Robert Blackmon all of
Brownsboro, TX, a sister Neta Hanna of Jacksonville, brothers-in-law Winfred
Wright of Port Neches and Hollis McMullen of Quitman, TX and many nieces and
Robert was preceded in death by his son, Jon
Visitation will be from 5:00PM
until 8:00PM in the Starr Funeral Home, 510 Starr St, Hemphill, TX.
Funeral services will be at 11:00AM, Saturday,
December 27, 2008, in the Starr funeral Home chapel with Bro. Gene Samford
officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery in Center, TX.
Contributions to the Jon Robert Wagstaff
Memorial Scholarship Fund, RT 3 Box 3037, Bronson, TX 75930 will be greatly
appreciated by the family.
from Oaklawn Memorial Park, Center, Shelby Co., TX—www.findagrave.com
granted by the photographer, Judy Murphy
posted December 2013
AAFA NOTES: SSDI
records confirm the birth and death dates of Robert Harlon Wagstaff (SS# issued
in TX), last residence Bronson, Sabine Co., TX.