Billy E. Bagwell, 83, of Orange, died Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Baptist Hospital in Orange. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at Claybar Funeral Home in Bridge City.

Officiating will be the Rev. Keith Royal, pastor of Winfree Baptist Church. Assisting will be the Rev. Harold Nazworth, a long time friend of Mr. Bagwell. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens near Bridge City. Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Born in Orange on Feb. 1, 1930, Mr. Bagwell was the son of Tom Olin and Orie (Anderson) Bagwell. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Korean War. He retired from DuPont Sabine River Works where he was an electrician.  Following his retirement, he worked as a self employed electrical consultant.

Mr. Bagwell was an active member of Winfree Baptist Church where he served as a long time deacon, and he was a member of the Orange Lion’s Club.

Preceded in death by his wife, Bessie (Bass) Bagwell, Mr. Bagwell is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Steven  and Carolyn Bagwell of Round Rock; daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and James Allender of Hurst, Tammy  and Billy Lawrence of Orangefield; grandchildren, Daniel Bagwell, Sarah Bagwell, Natalie Welsh, Annie Allender, Katie Clark, Robbie Allender, Micah Rinehart, Rebecca Rinehart, Brooke Meeks and six great grandchildren.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the Building Fund of Winfree Baptist Church, 19525 Hwy. 62 South, Orange, Texas 77630