Empress Ann Hicks Bagwell passed away on June 13, 2006 after almost a year long fight against cancer. She was born October 22, 1937 to Charlie Delaney Hicks and Mary Jane Adams Hicks in Rotan, Texas and spent her early years there. After a year at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, she married Austin Bagwell on December 20, 1955 and they established their home in San Antonio in 1956. They raised 4 children and as the youngest child entered middle school, Empress returned to college to pursue her degree in education. She graduated from UTSA in 1982 and then taught 3rd grade at Gilbert Elementary in San Antonio from 1982-2002. During the mid-1970s she served as the children's coordinator at First Baptist Church where she was a member for many years. Since 1987, she joyfully served the Lord as a member at Alamo City Christian Fellowship. Over the years, she was a dedicated teacher in church and in school keeping in touch with many former students both from the public school and from Sunday School classes she taught.
She was preceded in death by one son Elton Bagwell and one brother C.D. Hicks.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years Austin Bagwell; sons Kerry Bagwell and wife Debbie, Craig Bagwell and wife Karen; daughters Lori Cuellar and husband Martin, and Jamie Bagwell; 13 grandchildren - Chad Pearson; Heather, Brittany, Ethan, Travis, Lindsay, Nicholas, Caitlin, Jessica, Katherine and Daniel Bagwell; Nathaniel and Benjamin Cuellar. Also she is survived by siblings/spouses: Willadean Hicks, Jesse and June Hicks, Ila Goodrum, Carol and Ray Howard, Leila and Larry Smith, George and Sherry Hicks, Thomas and Darlene Hicks, and sisters-in-law Marie Pyle and Dorothy Scifres.
She will be remembered as a person who loved the Lord Jesus Christ, a loving wife, dedicated mom, doting grandma, committed teacher, and prolific letter writer.
Visitation 5-7pm, Friday, June 16, at Sunset Funeral Home. Funeral Service, 3:00pm, Saturday, June 17 at Alamo City Christian Fellowship. Graveside Service 9:45am, Monday, June 19, at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.
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