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Louise Hagood

Louise Wimberly Hagood

Louise was born in Houston on April 10, 1920 to Josephine Bean and George Edward Wimberly. She attended Houston public schools, graduating from Reagan High School in 1937. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Texas Woman’s University in 1941 and a Master of Arts from East Texas State University in 1966. While raising her three daughters, she taught American History at Paris High School, retiring in 1982 after 22 years.

Louise was very active in civic and charitable works, highlighted by serving as Texas Woman’s University Alumni Association president from 1990-1992. She was on the Lamar County Appraisal District Board for 10 years, serving as the only female member. She also served on the Historical Landmark Preservation Committee, the Airport Advisory Board, the Zoning Board of Adjustment, and the Lamar County Historical Commission. Louise wrote three applications for state historical markers: one commemorating the 1916 Paris fire, one at Central Presbyterian Church, and one at the former Farmers and Merchants Compress property located at 1st St. SW and Hearn.

Other service work included representative to the Presbytery Synod and General Assembly, member of Cosmos, Green Thumb Garden Club, Round Table, Central Presbyterian Circle of Light, supporter of King’s Daughters, member of the committee that updated the City of Paris charter in 2007, and volunteer Treasurer of the Central Presbyterian Day School for 44 years, a role she continued until her death. She served as sponsor of the Paris High School Class of 1967 and the National Honor Society. She also donated the Verdin clock that stands on the Plaza in memory of her late husband. In 2014, she served as the Grand Marshal of the Paris Christmas Parade.

Louise is survived by her daughters, Susan Hagood White and husband Col. Gerald L. White, of McKinney, TX, Nancy Hagood Klein, of Dallas TX, and son-in-law Col. Kenneth E. Kohls of Paris, TX.

She is also survived by her six grandchildren: David White and wife Shayla, of Mooresville, NC, Gordon White and wife Amy, of Bulverde, TX, Jeff Radighieri and wife Maureen of Dallas, TX, Greg Radighieri and wife Brooks, of Sunnyvale, TX, Mara Kohls and partner Jim Perry of Saltzburg, PA, Amy Kohls Buehler and husband Robert, of Dallas TX, and 15 great-grandchildren.

Louise was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Col. Thomas M. Hagood, Jr. and daughter Barbara Hagood Kohls.

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