William Glenn Hagler, son of Talmadge Reece and Edwina Graham Hagler, entered GOD’s glory on June 14, 2023. He died at home after an extended illness.
Bill was born on October 27, 1943 in Athens, Ga, then grew up in Columbia, SC . He graduated from Dreher High School and the University of South Carolina where he was a cheerleader and member and later president of Kappa Alpha Fraternity, and a long suffering Gamecock fan.
Bill spent his career in the insurance business, working the bulk of his career at Hagler & Associates, Inc. Because he never met a stranger, Bill was successful in sales and in life.
Bill was an active member of Buncombe Street United Methodist Church and the Round Table Sunday School Class, where he served as president, treasurer, and teacher. He was also a long-time member of the Wednesday Morning Men’s Bible Study Group. Even after his illness sidelined him, he attended church via Zoom each Sunday. He loved his church family dearly.
Bill is survived by his wife of 57 years, Janice Windham Hagler; son, William Glenn Hagler, Jr.; daughters, Caroline Hagler Bethel and Julia Hagler Fuller; grandchildren, Will and Ellie Bethel, and Lilly and Mac Hagler, all of Greenville, SC. Also surviving are his sisters, Jane H. Casey and Patsy H. Strickland (Bobby) of Pawleys Island; sister-in-law, Donna Windham of Columbia; along with his faithful companion, Rambo.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Talmadge Reece Hagler, Jr., and his brother-in-law, William Timothy Casey.
Bill was a long-time member of the Cleveland Street Y, and he enjoyed seeing all his “Y” buddies each week. He also loved volunteering for Emmanuel’s Hammer, Meals on Wheels and spent time helping rebuild homes after Hurricane Katrina. When not volunteering his time, Bill enjoyed playing golf and cards at the Greenville Country Club, fishing, hunting, and woodworking. He was always up for a project, building bunk beds or bookcases or desks for his family. Anything his family or friends needed, he would do for them. He lived for college football Saturdays in the fall, scheduling his weekends around college games and the temperature dropping enough to light a fire, even if the air conditioner was still on. He organized a college bowl bracket for family and friends to enjoy every year, entering each game into a ledger. He loved details! Bill was charismatic, fun, always a gracious host and a loyal friend. He frequently visited his friends who were sick and unable to get out. His buddies buoyed his spirits while he was sick, visiting him and taking him to lunch throughout his medically imposed “house arrest”. He also loved country music, watching cowboy movies, and the Andy Griffith Show (particularly with his grandchildren), riding his lawn mower and keeping his yard in pristine condition, and working crossword puzzles. He walked his dog each day, knew all his neighbors and their dogs’ names, took care of his wife, and was always happy when helping his family or his friends. He had a true servant’s heart. His family and many friends will miss him dearly but know that he is already in Heaven walking his beloved four-legged friend, Pepper.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Buncombe Street United Methodist Church with a reception to follow in Orders Parlor.
In lieu of flowers, Bill invites friends to make a donation to Emmanuel’s Hammer at 143 Dry Rock Rd., Townville, SC 29689.
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