Benjamin Ambler Hagood, Sr.

  • Born: February 21, 1928
  • Died: November 9, 2019
  • Location: Charleston, South Carolina

J. Henry Stuhr Downtown Chapel

232 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Tel. (843) 723.2524

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

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Benjamin Ambler Hagood, Sr., 91, of Charleston, South Carolina, husband of Derrill Taber Maybank Hagood, entered into eternal rest Saturday, November 9, 2019. His funeral service will be held Tuesday, November 12, 2019 in St. Philip's Church, 142 Church St., Charleston, SC 29401 at 2:00pm with interment at the churchyard followed by a reception at the St. Philip's Parish Hall. The family will receive friends Monday, November 11, 2019 from 3:00 pm 5:00 pm at their residence. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Downtown Chapel.

Ben better known as Pops by his thirteen grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, four sons and daughter-in-laws, and wife of 65 years; he was blessed to have everything a man could ask for: a long and wonderful faith-filled life with loving and caring family and friends. A native of Charleston, he loved his city and its history, people, and progress. Ben Hagood, Sr. spent his working career at William M. Bird and Co., Inc. He was the company's sixth president before retiring from the then 128-year-old company at the end of 1993. During his fifty-year career, he served as a Director for South Carolina National Bank, South Carolina Electric and Gas, Scana Corporation, numerous industry trade associations, and local civic organizations. He served as President of Historic Charleston Foundation as well as the Charleston Kiwanis Club. An Eagle Scout, he spent many years supporting and volunteering for the local Boy Scouts. He also served in many capacities at St. Philip's Church, including as a Vestry member and Sr. Warden.

He was a member of the Society for the Preservation of Spirituals, St. Cecilia Society, the Carolina Yacht Club, the South Carolina Society, the Carolina Plantation Society, and the Society of the Cincinnati. He graduated from the Citadel in 1949 with a degree in Civil Engineering. After graduation, he attended the Wharton Graduate Business School. He was called to active duty in the United States Army Reserves as a First Lieutenant and was stationed in Germany. While a Citadel Cadet, he was the Regimental Executive Officer and a member of the Summerall Guard. He was a member of the Round Table, an honored and select group of distinguished Citadel students. He boxed middleweight class on the Citadel boxing team and was a member of the Southern Conference Championship team of 1948. He loved his alma mater and served with distinction as a Director of the Citadel Foundation.

During his retirement years, he pursued many hobbies and interests, including golfing, hunting, furniture repairing, ship modeling, painting, sculpting, and carving. He loved to build, repair, and tinker. He completed too many projects, large and small, to recount. Ben Hagood, Sr. knew no strangers, and most that met him knew him well within short order. During most conversations, he did not let his good-natured love for everyone suppress an unapologetic conviction. In most matters, he had the rare capability of combining modesty, wisdom, and wit with a marked independence of thought and action. He will be remembered as a gentleman and a person of good character.

He is survived and remembered by his wife of 65 years, Derrill Taber Maybank Hagood; four sons, Jimmy Hagood and his wife, Anne Marie, Ben Hagood, Jr. and his wife, Penn, Maybank Hagood and his wife, Elizabeth, Robert Hagood and his wife, Margaret; thirteen grandchildren, Mary Neill McKie and her husband Blake, Andrew Hagood and his wife, Kathleen, Lizzie Currin and her husband, Mark, Catherine Hagood, Derrill McDavid and her husband, Will, Nancy Hagood, Alex Hagood and his wife, Caroline, Caroline Hagood, Banks Hagood, Camp Hagood, Francis Hagood, Mary Margaret Hagood and Virginia Hagood; three great-grandchildren, Louisa McKie, Findlay McKie and James Hagood; caring friends, Earnest Nesbit, Janice Ladson, and Catherine White. Mr. Hagood was preceded in death by his parents, James Morrow and Antoinette Camp Hagood and a sister, Anne Cooke Gilliam.

Memorials may be made to St. Philip's Church 142 Church Street, Charleston, SC, 29401 or Historic Charleston Foundation 40 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC, 29401.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I remember Mr Hagood as a warm, kind and caring individual. when he was at the helm, his employees came first. During hurricane Hugo, Ben sent our trucks to Greenville with shopping list from his employees. Many a Monday morning would find fresh vegetables on the counter that Ben brought in for the taking. Ben Hagood was the spirit of the William M. Bird Company.

Posted by Bobq Thompson - Moncks Corner, SC   November 16, 2019

Jimmy and Ben,
I am very sorry to hear about your father. May all of your family find peace at this very difficult time. He is another fine Charlestonian who will be missed by all who knew him.

Posted by Riddell Perry - Mount Pleasant, SC - Friend   November 14, 2019

Blessings to all of the Hagood family. I'm remembering and celebrating the life of Ben Hagood. He had a strong positive impact on my life, and I'm deeply thankful for him and for all of you. God bless you all.

Posted by Edward Marshall - Lexington, KY - Family Friend   November 13, 2019

To the family,
It was a pleasure and honor to have known Mr. Hagood as his caregiver.
My prayers are with you during this time.
Love you all,
Leslie Camel

Posted by Leslie Camel - Charleston, SC   November 13, 2019

Derrill and family,
Herb and I send our most heartfelt sympathy to all of you. The obituary is beautifully written to honor a beloved Charlestonian. Our prayers and blessings are with you.

Posted by Bobbie and Herb Rothschild - ISLE OF PALMS, SC   November 12, 2019

Ben Hagood was one of the finest southern gentlemen Our country has had to offer! Mr. Ben was well respected and well loved by All! He raised a solid Family who have all taken on his great qualities. He will be sadly missed, but his memory and influence will never be forgotten!!

Posted by Dean Kelly - Charleston, SC   November 12, 2019

Dear Hagoods,
I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Ben was from the Greatest Generation newsman Tom Brokaw wrote of so eloquently. He was also part of the downtown crowd that included my parents. He was such an admirable gentleman, and an upstanding member of the community. May God bless you all as you say good-bye.

Posted by Chris Sosnowski - Wadmalaw Island, SC   November 12, 2019

Such a wonderful life and family goes with Ben, a rare gem of a fine man. I feel a for you all. With love from Darlington County,
Kat( Hastie ) Williamson

Posted by A friend   November 12, 2019

Friends from the N.C. Society of the Cincinnati are with you in spirit. Ben will be missed! George

Posted by A friend   November 12, 2019

My condolences to the entire Hagood family .

Posted by Bernard Ritter - Bluffton, SC - Family Friend   November 11, 2019

Maybank & Robert, Just wanted you to know that I thought your dad, was a wonderful man, he was a true Southern Gentleman and i am glad i got to work
as one of his employee, he was such a pleasure to talk to and be around. I know he will be missed, but you have memories that will always be with you. Remembering all of the Hagood familly. Love brenda garner

Posted by brenda garner - SPARTANBURG, SC - Friend   November 11, 2019

The world has lost a defining light. Love, light and prayers for you all.

Posted by Elizabeth Lowndes - Moncks Corner, SC   November 11, 2019

My condolences to the Hagood family. Very sorry for your loss. Worked for Mr. Hagood for many years. He was a gentleman and Good man. Honored to have know you in my life. RIP Mr. Hagood.

Posted by William Billings - Charleston, SC   November 11, 2019

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by Bill Fowler - Rockville, SC   November 11, 2019

Prayers for the entire Hagood family. Ben was a wonderful man. He will be greatly missed by me and our High Hampton family.

Posted by Dawn Payne - Salem, SC - Friend   November 11, 2019

Mr. Ben will be sorely missed here at High Hampton. He loved his golf and we enjoyed his smile and laughter. Our pryaers go out to Derrill and the entire family.
With Love,
Faith & Craig

Posted by Craig & Faith Hartle - Cashiers, NC - Friend   November 11, 2019

I have always had the utmost respect and have always enjoyed the company of one of Charleston's consummate gentleman. You have earned your peace.

Posted by Barre Butler - Charleston, SC   November 11, 2019

My condolences to the entire Hagood family. I have fond memories of Mr. Hagood!

Posted by Roy Howell - Mount Pleasant, SC - Friend   November 11, 2019

Thank you for sharing him with the community for so long and in so many ways. He certainly made a difference. God's peace to all of you. May all of the good times you shared bring smiles as you remember.

Posted by Sherry Martschink - Summerville, SC   November 11, 2019

Precious Ben, always the epitome of a Southern Gentleman, beloved and admired. I'm so glad to have had him as a role model and family member. We love you all.

Posted by Margaret and Bill Cain - Columbia, SC   November 11, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I have such fond memories of Mr. Hagood. So very sorry for your loss.

Posted by Sally Wilson Jones - Boulder, CO - Family Friend   November 10, 2019

May cherished memories bring you peace and comfort. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Posted by Linda and Jimmy Lavender - Sumter, SC   November 10, 2019

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