Edward Davis “Buzzie” Hagan, a former West Virginia newspaperman and former resident of Glenville, died July 17th at St Vincent’s Medical Center. He was 81.
Mr. Hagan was born at Morgantown, on May 19, 1935, the only child of Edward F. and Mary Davis Hagan, both of whom preceded him in death. Mary Hagan was a Gilmer County, native, and the family lived in Glenville from 1947 until 1952, when they moved to Huntington. He was a grandson of the late Worthy Davis, who served as Sheriff of Gilmer County in the 1940s and previously held other county offices..
Mr. Hagan attended 7th and 8th grades at Glenville High School before graduating from Kentucky Military Institute in 1953 and Marshall University in 1958. While still a student at Marshall, Mr. Hagan accepted a fulltime position with The Associated Press in its Huntington, W.Va., Bureau. After a two-year leave for military service, he rejoined The AP in Charleston, W.Va. He resigned in 1965 to join the staff of the West Virginia State Medical Association and left Charleston in 1970 for Jacksonville to become Director of Communications for the Florida Medical Association, from which he retired in 1997.
The deceased was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Social Fraternity, Phi Eta Sigma academic honorary society, and the Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi. He was a past President of the Florida Magazine Association and was a graduate of the Mendenhall School of Auctioneering in North Carolina.
Mr. Hagan was a cousin of R. Terry Butcher, Timothy Butcher and Mrs. Jorene Armour, all of Glenville, and Dr. Mary Beth Butcher of Columbus, Ohio.
Other survivors include the widow, Phyllis Wells Hagan, whom he married in 1963; one son,, Phillip Jeffrey of Roswell, GA.; a daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer Leigh and Donald L. Martin of Rockwall, TX.; two grandchildren, Dylan and Avery Martin of Rockwall; and several in-laws and other cousins.
At Mr. Hagan’s request, there was no funeral service.