Richard Ernest “Ernie” Bagnal, 93, of Hopkins, SC passed away July 7th with his family by his side. He was born in Alcolu, SC to Clayton Benjamin & Lila McCall Bagnal and had 2 older brothers, Arthur and C.B.
Ernie graduated from Dentsville High School and upon turning 18, he volunteered for Military Service in the United States Army Air Forces as a Radio Operator/Mechanic. He received several Honors, including the Distinguished Flying Cross. Ernie later continued his government service and retired in 1991 as the Chief Appraiser of HUD. He married Eulalia Smith Buford; had 2 children, Anne Bagnal (Wanda), Lisa Prynne (Philip); and a granddaughter, Sarah, whom he adored. Gardening, watching his girls ride horses, winning at cards, and cooking were some of his passions. He and Eulalia created a stunning garden and flower Heaven for everyone to enjoy. From huge tomatoes, cucumbers, peanuts, to Day Lilies, Orchids, Roses, and Camellias; the yard was a showcase they enjoyed so much.
Ernie is survived by his daughters, granddaughter, nieces, nephews, and many friends.
In lieu of flowers, please make a Donation in Memory of Ernie to the Wounded Warrior Project or:
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At all the times you can,
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