Mrs. Agnes Beatrice Vines Hagin left this world for her Heavenly home on Wednesday, September 13, 2023.
Mrs. Hagin was born June 22, 1939 in Felton, Georgia. She was the daughter of the late Jessie McKinley Vines and Virginia Estelle Beatenbaugh Vines. Mrs. Hagin was a graduate of theCedartown High School Class of 1957. She was also a member of the Bethlehem Baptist Church where she served as assistant teacher of the Myrtle McKelvey Sunday School Class, was a member of the church choir and had served as teacher and director of the church’s Vacation Bible School program.
A longtime and legendary journalist in and outside of Polk County, Mrs. Hagin began her career with the Cedartown Standard in 1957, where she worked as a society writer, and two years later began to serve as a feature and news writer for the paper. Over the next eight years, Mrs. Hagin served in the role until 1967 when she began her decades-long tenure with the Rockmart Journal in multiple roles including type and proofreader, columnist, feature writer, News Editor and Senior News Editor.
Following the merger of the Cedartown Standard and Rockmart Journal in early 2014, Mrs. Hagin assumed the role of Senior News Editor for the Polk County Standard Journal, and remained there until her retirement in 2015.
Upon her retirement, Mrs. Hagin was honored for her longtime service as a voice for the community via resolutions passed by the Polk County Board of Commissioners, the City of Rockmart, and the City of Aragon for her years of journalistic excellence in reporting government and local affairs.
Alongside her work in the newspaper field, Mrs. Hagin was also an accomplished free-lance writer having had her works published in The Reader’s Digest, Ladies Home Journal, The Daily Devotional and several Southern Baptist Association publications. Though she did not like to brag, she was recognized and received numerous awards for her excellence in journalism from the Georgia Press Association and the National Press Association.
Mrs. Hagin loved her job and always said it was one of God’s greatest blessings because it allowed her to meet so many people and share her great love of God and His Son Jesus with them. Her humility and determination to promote and serve Polk County will forever touch the lives of multiple people throughout the area who remember her with fondness for her words and spirit.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Hagin is preceded in death by her husband Marion Jesse Hagin on July 7, 2005 and to whom she was married August 15, 1959. She is also preceded in death by a great-grandson Tuff Perry and the following sisters and brothers: Ruby Kelley, Lola Sullivan, Bessie Brown, Clyde Vines and William David Vines.
Mrs. Hagin is survived by her daughter and son Jeannie and Ken Perry, her grandchildren, Alison Perry, Jesse Perry and Christy Wagers, Daniel and Mallory Perry, Jacob and Jesica Perry. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren, ArynPerry, Riley Wagers, Grayson Wagers, Troy Perry, Rory Perry, Annaley Perry, BriLeie Perry, Hayden Scarborough, Grayson Perry, Ethan Maddox, Daniel Lane Perry, KJ Perry, Aura Perry, Ellamarie Perry, Jess Perry and John Maddox; one brother, Rev. Billy Vines, and one sister, Brenda Holley.
The following special nieces and nephews also survive: Rene’e McAvoy, Ginger Sheffield, Deborah Coats, James Vines, Ricky Vines, Scott Vines, Cand Ben Holley,
Funeral services for Mrs. Hagin are being held Friday, September 15 at 4 p.m. in the chapel of the Gammage Funeral Home with Pastor Tony Davis officiating. Her grandson, Jesse Perry provided the eulogy. Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 14, 2023 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Special music during the funeral service is being provided by Mrs. Hagin’s dear friend, Mrs. Kathy Cowart. Interment will follow in the Northview Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were her grandsons, Jacob Perry and Daniel Perry and nephews, Ben Holley, Ricky Vines, Scott Vines and James Vines.
Honorary pallbearers include Kevin Myrick and Jack Montfort.
The Olin L. Gammage Funeral Home of Cedartown had charge of the arrangements for Mrs. Agnes Beatrice Vines Hagin.