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Frank M. Hagy Obituary

Daily Corinthian Newspaper Corinth, MS
Thursday, March 10, 1927
After an illness of some duration F.M. Hagy died at his home at Shiloh National Park Wednesday night about 9 o'clock.  He had been dangerously ill since last Saturday, his death being regarded as imminent at any time.
For two generations he had been a familiar figure about the famous battlefield territory, and on the day of that great battle in 1862, he was in the battle zone, a lad of less that 14 years of age and with his father was a frightened but exceedingly busy individual helping to care for and protect the family and stock while the shot and shell whistled through the air.
He was born March 29, 1948.  In 1872 he was married to Miss Mary McDaniel, who survives him.  To this union there were 10 children born, six of whom are living and were at the home at the time of the death of their father.  They are Oscar Hagy of Selmer; W.D. Hagy of Pittsburg; George A. Hagy of Jackson, Tenn.; O.C. Hagy of Memphis; N.V. Hagy of Pittsburg; and Mrs. Howie K. Sipes of Corinth.
There were also 15 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
F.M. Hagy lived an active life and came into the home where he died about 1851, he and a sister Mrs. Catherine Bell who died about Christmas time 1926, living within 400 yards of each other since that time.  Having been on the carnage grounds at the time of the battle of Shiloh he was exceedingly familiar with a great number of the interesting details of the conflict and took care to explain them to friends and visitors.  He was a type of that genial, hospitable southern gentleman of the old school, and kept open house to all friends and visitors at all times.
Mr. Hagy devoted his life to farming and was the owner of some of the finest farming lands in that famous section of Tennessee river farms, and was always proud of his farm and the successful management of the same.
He was a member of the Christian church.
The funeral will be at the home Friday morning at 11 o'clock.  The burial will follow at the Ledbetter graveyard, located between Pittsburg Landing and Adamsville.

Commercial Appeal Newspaper, Memphis, TN
Friday morning March 11, 1927
Selmer, Tennessee-March 10-The death of Frank M. Hagy at his home in Pittsburg Landing in Shiloh Military Park, removes from this section one of its most picturesque characters. He died on the plantation on which he was born 78 years ago.  Although too young for service in the Civil War he, with his sister, Miss Mary Bell, who died last year, cared for their home during the memorable battle of Shiloh, their plantation being some of the thickest of the fighting.  He knew the famous battle ground perhaps better than any one living.
Mr. Hagy was an unusually successful business man, strictly adhering to the old rules for operations.  He loved the country life and had he been lured away from it, would have been one of the outstanding commercial men of this generation.  He had built up his plantation, which contained about 1,000 acres, so as the bottom, adjoining the Tennessee River on the west, only lacked the music of negroes to make it one of the typical long ago scenes.
A significant fact is that he was an employee of the United States government for more than 40 years, having been lighthouse keeper on the lonely bend of the Tennessee River at the head of Diamond Island.  In this service, as in all others, he was faithful.  The thousands of tourists who visit the park will miss his greeting and cordial manners.
The flag at the park will fly at half staff during the funeral hour from 11 to noon Friday.
Mr. Hagy was a devoted member of the Christian Church and a lifelong Democrat.
Fifty five years ago he married Miss Mary McDaniel, a representative of a prominent pioneer family who survives.  Six children, Mrs. H.K. Sipes of Corinth, Miss.; W.D. Hagy and N.B. Hagy of Pittsburg Landing; G.A. Hagy of Jackson; O.C. Hagy of Memphis, and O.C. Hagy of Selmer, together with 16 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren also survive.


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