Bagley roots in WNC started in the early 40's. My dad
was employed by TVA in Clay County while Chatuge Dam
and Hiwassee Dam were under construction. Daddy went
off to WW2, married my Mom in 1944, and I was born in
May, 1945 in south Alabama while my dad was in the military.
When I was just a few months old, we moved to Hiwassee
Dam, and I attended Hiwassee Dam Elementary and High
Schools, graduating in 1962 as Valedictorian.
I attended one year at Western Carolina University
(1962-1963) in Cullowhee North Carolina and then transferred
to Georgia State University in Atlanta where I received
undergraduate and graduate degrees in business administration.
I worked my way through graduate school, having begun
my Southern Bell career in 1966.
Immediately upon completing graduate school, I received
a direct commission as a finance officer in the U.S.
Army. My first year was at Ft. Lee, Virginia. Subsequent
military orders directed me to South Vietnam, but were
changed at the last minute for me to spend 1970 in South
My first duty was as a finance officer for Eighth
US Army in Seoul where I worked on military budgets
involving hundreds of millions of dollars. Second assignment
was deputy finance officer at I Corps in Uijongbu in
South Korea until my discharge in December, 1970.
returned to my Southern Bell career where I was an auditor
and subsequently ran the Data Processing Center in Charlotte,
then to Atlanta for a number of assignments. Always
in the finance area, my 23 year at BellSouth/Southern
Bell culminated with my developing the risk management
department at BellSouth Corporation. In that role, I
designed insurance and risk management programs to protect
the $30,000,000,000 plus asset base of BellSouth, Southern
Bell, and South Central Bell. It is correct to say that
I have many years of experience in working with HUGE,
HUGE fiscal and budgetary matters.
I left BellSouth Corporation in 1989 to develop my
own financial services practice where I have worked
for 16 years in retirement, estate, and charitable
planning. The culmination of my professional financial
occurred in 2003 when I earned the CLU (Chartered Life
Underwriter) designation, the highest credential in
my field. I have had numerous leadership roles throughout
my career, including deacon and elder at previous
President of both a Condominium Association and a Homeowner’s
Association. Member of numerous charitable boards,
Georgia Easter Seals, Children’s Wish Foundation,
Boy Scouts. Currently on the finance committee and
member of Murphy First United Methodist Church, member
and Paul Harris Fellow at Murphy Rotary Club. Married
to Elaine, with two children, Molly and Christopher.
Molly delivered Mallorie
on January 18, 2006 and made me a proud grandfather.
Community activities include grassroots work on senior
housing, environmental matters, education funding through
charitable vehicles, drug prevention by working with
youth and author a weekly guest newspaper column “Views
from PoorHouse Mountain” in The Cherokee Scout
which has been used to rally widespread support for
numerous community betterment ideas.
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