Joyce (Kellebrew) Bagwell

January 18, 1940 ~ September 23, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old

Joyce Bagwell Obituary

Joyce Kellebrew Bagwell passed away Saturday, September 23, 2023 at Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa, California at the age of 83.

She was the youngest of ten brothers and sisters, born to Clifton Reed and Maude Griffith Kellebrew in Arkansas on January 18, 1940.

She is survived by two of her three sons, Christopher Bagwell of Napa, CA and Michael Bagwell of Colorado Springs, CO.; her daughter-in-law, Jessie Bagwell also of Colorado Springs, Co; seven grandchildren, Elizabeth “Liz”, Sarah, Christine, Brittany, Thomas, Katherine “Kitty” and Emily and six great grandchildren.

Preceding her in death was her husband of 56 years, Thomas Warren “T.W.” Bagwell in 2018; her son, Todd Bagwell in 2006 and all of her brothers and sisters (Sue, Ben, Fagan, Ray, Modelle, Buddy, Boots), the last of the Kellebrews who were born in Arkansas and moved to California in the 1950’s. After her marriage to Tom, She moved with her family to Lebanon, KY in 1966 where she lived until his death in 2018. She raised a family, taught 7th grade at St Augustine Catholic School, was a substitute teacher in the Marion County School System, and ran small businesses as a Manager and later as an Owner.

She was very active at Lebanon Baptist Church, where she participated with the Youth group, Vacation Bible School, made meals, visited homebound friends, and taught Sunday School. She loved to wear hats (BIG hats) every day. Joyce livened up any place she went, she loved to meet new friends, old friends, and she loved to talk and laugh loudly. She loved talking to her brothers and sisters on the phone often, also very loudly with lots of laughter.

She understood what it was like to have hard times, she would always help people in need with a little money, food or a place to stay. The last three years of her life were sadly marked by dementia, but even through those times she was always happy with a big smile, every day was a great day, and every “new” fact was met with joy. Finally, on September 23, 2023, she succumbed to heart failure. She will be missed.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Friday, October 6th at the Lebanon Baptist Church with Dr. David Whitlock, officiating.

Burial will be in the Lebanon National Cemetery.

Visitation will be after 10:00 Friday morning at the Lebanon Baptist Church.

Carey & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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October 6, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Lebanon Baptist Church
144 E Mulberry St.
Lebanon, KY 40033

Funeral Service
October 6, 2023

11:30 AM
Lebanon Baptist Church
144 E Mulberry St.
Lebanon, KY 40033

October 6, 2023

Lebanon National Cemetery
20 Hwy 208
Lebanon, KY 40033


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