Thomas O. Wagnon
Funeral Date: 3/13/2010

Thomas O. Wagnon, of Banks, AR., died near the end of his 81st year less than a mile from the spot of his birth. He came full circle after leaving Banks with just the shirt on his back near the end of his 18th year to join the Army and begin his great adventure. He was always a helpful soldier, glad to supply cash to his compatriots who ran short. He said the best place to remind them to repay the loan (and interest) was at the exit of the paymaster’s office where they received their pay in cash. His first tour in Korea was interrupted by a bout of malaria so he was there when the Chinese entered the war, trapping the Marines in the Chosin Reservoir; he supported their epic breakout from the mountains above. He courted and wed Alice Byrlene Savage in 1952 while on recruiting duty in Little Rock. When it came time to re-enlist he did so but changed over to the Air Force to stay in Arkansas. That was followed by tours in Chateauneuf, France; Little Rock; Thule, Greenland and Montgomery, AL where he retired for the first time in 1967. He then began business as a photographer in Jacksonville where he worked with the high school annual and had one of the first color processing units in Arkansas. In 1981 he retired to Bradley County to be a country gentleman but instead started his career in real estate while also serving as Veteran Affairs Advisor, Election Commissioner and local Democratic Party chairman which earned him his first and only negative editorial. He finally retired in 2006 and spent his final years with the woman he still called ‘my girlfriend’. He is survived by his girlfriend of 57 years Alice Byrlene Wagnon; his children David Wagnon, Loretta (and Jeff) Childers, Richard (and Sheila) Wagnon; his grandchildren Christy Wagnon, Luke Wagnon, Jesse Wagnon, Barry Childers, Shelley Childers, Danny Childers, Justice Wagnon, Asher Wagnon, Charity Wagnon and Isaac Wagnon. He died at home on 10 March 2010, his machinery well greased and his mowing blades sharp. Funeral services were 2:00 p.m. Saturday March 13, Frazer’s Chapel with Rev. Jim Bales and Rev. John Miller officiating. Justus Wagnon gave the eulogy, Linda Barrett was organist and Mary Fierce sang. Burial was in Williams Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were Jerry Chandler, Scott Savage, Thomas Wolfe, Keith Wagnon, John Varnell, James Varnell and Larry Watson. Honorary pallbearers were Cecil Stone, Tracey Stone, Carroll Wolfe, George Wagnon, Dale Wolfe, Adam Savage, Eddie Savage and Michael Wagnon. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the First Assembly of God building fund (1219 N Myrtle, Warren, AR) or the Williams Cemetery memorial fund (826 Bradley 11N, Banks, AR 71631).



Name: Jo Ann Stone Johnson
Message: God Bless each of you at this time; a special uncle to me; he loved his family so much. My prayers are for each of you to find strength to stand throught this time. God bless & keep you in his care is our prayer. We love you-all dearly, Jo Ann & Leon Johnson

Name: Donna Ozment-Raney
Message: I loved Mr. Tom. He was a wonderful man and I know he is in a much better place now, with no pain. Ms. Byrlene and family, I will be keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

Name: Anna Wagnon Jones
Message: The obituary was a wonderful thoughts and prayers are with you all. I always loved to visit with him, he was such a joy at the Blue Springs reunions. God Bless you all. The family of John Thelbert Wagnon

Name: Ginger Adams
Message: Mrs. Wagnon, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you .

Name: Ken & Lula Ellis
Message: so sorry to hear about Mr. Tom, hewill be greatly missed. He is in a better place with no pain or suffering now. you are in our prayers. Ken & Lula

Name: Kim Roberson
Message: Uncle Tom wasn't blood to me, but you would have never known the difference. I love this man and will dearly miss his presence in my and my children's lives. This is the most beautiful obituary I have ever read! PERFECT! I love you Aunt Byrlene!

Name: Randy Strickland
Message: Sorry to hear about Mr. Tom. Praying for you all.

Name: Kneath Loomis
Message: My sincere sympathy to the family.

Name: Barbara Hutchingson-Jensen
Message: Loretta, I'm so sorry to hear about your father. I will keep you my prayers.

Name: Maylon Rice
Message: To the members of the Wagnon family: Yes, his mower was greased and the blades always sharp. What a man. A Good man. Who will be missed. You all are in my prayers.

Name: Don & Carol Butram
Message: He was a good man and raised a good son. We love you

Name: Sue & Glynn Ferrell
Message: Byrlene, you are in our prayers, Tom is in A better place.

Name: Tully & Norma McCoy
Message: The saying "our loss is Heaven's gain" is oh so true. Bro. Tom will be missed but we will cherish the fond memories and look forward to the day we'll all be reunited once again. You're a very special family and we love you much!

Name: Linda Curtis
Message: I was sorry to hear about Mr. Wagnon. I hope you remember me, I'm a friend from the Jacksonville First Assembly of God days.

Name: Carolyn Curry
Message: For sometime I have missed Tom coming by the bank to visit us with his smile and uplifting words. When he was in the real estate business, he was always a pleasure to work with. A very nice gentleman.

Name: Donald $ Darlene Savage
Message: We are so sorry for your loss but it is Heaven's gain.

Name: Hannah Blann
Message: Wagnon family, I dearly miss Uncle Tom.You are in my heart Love, Hannah

Name: Barbara Vadney McClain
Message: I was just thinking about Mr. Wagnon and decide to look up his photography business and found this. I am so sorry to hear about his passing! I was part of the JHS Class of 1975 and Mr. Wagnon preserved all our class memories. How can you thank someone enough for that. I was very shy back then and Mr. Wagnon was such a sweet and caring person--he got me to smile in my senior easy task and got a great prom pic of me and Larry Waymire, my date. My prayers go out to his family and friends. We will always, always have a special place in our heart for this wonderful man.