2013-03-07 / Obituaries

Donald B. ‘Mr. Mac’ McLagan

Donald B. “Mr. Mac” McLagan, 95, of Waycross, Ga., died on February 20, 2013, at his residence after an extended illness.

He was born, July 4, 1917, to Donald and Emily Podolak McLagan and grew up in the Bronx. He graduated from White Plains High School and Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., and obtained his Master’s degree and worked on his doctorate at New York University. Mr. McLagan married Mary Alice Truran on May 14, 1942, and then entered the service, where he served as a Captain in WWII in the Army Air Corps.

“Mr. Mac” began his teaching career at Brewster High School in 1941 as a high school English teacher and retired in 1974 after 33 years. He was very involved in student plays and productions and started a school newspaper known as “The Bear Facts.” He was also the organizer of the Hot Dog Wagon, which sold refreshments at football games to raise money for student activities.

He was a member of the Brewster United Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday school and for many years he was the Sunday School Superintendent. He became a lay preacher for the church and was a longtime member of the church choir.

When the family moved to Waycross in 1975 they became involved in Trinity

United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir and taught the Charles Wesley Sunday School class. He was a member of the Waycross Lions Club.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Alice Truran McLagan in 2003; one grandson, Peter John O’Steen; one great-granddaughter, Sutton Joy Hazzard; and one great grandson, Riley Mason White.

Survivors include three daughters, Donna Hazzard and her husband Richard of Patterson, Dr. Carol McLagan of Waycross, Meriliss White and her husband George of Blackshear, Ga.; six grandchildren, George White, III, Norman White and his wife Lesley, Richard Hazzard, Jr. and his wife Carol, Dr. Timothy Hazzard and his wife Dr. Kelly Hazzard, Matthew Hazzard, Geoffrey Hazzard and his wife Heather; and ten great-grandchildren, Justen, Harley, Greer, Sloane Alexa, Mikayla, Justin, Kiera, Dillan and Joshua

A funeral service was held Saturday, March 2nd. at the Dwyer Funeral Home, 23 South Street, Patterson, with interment will at Maple Avenue Cemetery, Patterson. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Trinity Methodist Church Organ Fund, 1005 Church Street, Waycross, GA or the Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, GA 31501.

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