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Richard Clay Hagan died, Sunday, November 7th at St. Thomas West hospital, Nashville, Tn at
the age of 79. He was born May 22, 1942 in the log cabin that now sits behind the Fountain Run
Funeral Home. Richard was proud to tell people that he was born in Fountain Run and lived
here all of his life except for a couple of years when he was stationed in Germany as a military
police officer for the United States Army.
Richard was born to the late John J and Huey Pearl Clay Hagan. He had one brother John
Hugh, who also proceeds him in death. Richard loved to tell stories of growing up around
Fountain Run and how he and John Hugh would leave out in the morning on bicycles and be
gone until dark on adventures with their friend, Billy Murphy.
On June 14, 1969, Richard married the love of his life, Carolyn Ward. They had two daughters,
Melissa and Rachel. Melissa and Rachel are blessed with two loving, Christian husbands that
Richard and Carolyn prayed that they would find one day. Melissa is married to Nathan Jones
and they have two children: Clay (and wife, Katie) and Caroline Jones. Rachel is married to
Kyle Gammons and they have two children ( Emma and Hagan Gammons).
Richard was a member of the Fountain Run Missionary Old Baptist Church. He loved his church
and the people in it. There was nothing like hearing Richard get on fire for the Lord. He would
testify about going down beside an old water pump down at the barn one Sunday morning and
getting saved. His prayer was to hear that all of his family and friends are ready to go to meet
Richard’s dad bought Hagan’s Garage here in town in 1939. Richard helped his dad in the
garage after high school and took over the business after his father’s death. He worked many
hard hours in that old garage. Richard didn’t spend hours in the hay field or harvesting crops.
Instead, he spent many days, and sometimes nights, working on local farmers’ tractors and hay
rollers to help them in their time of need.
Richard loved the old garage, not because of the work, but because of the numerous people he
came in contact with on a daily basis. He would come in nightly, laughing and telling about old
silly things that were said and done at the garage. The girls learned at an early age how to
pump gas, whittle cedar with Puddin Shaw, that a summer job at the garage is hard work, how
to play pitch while sitting on a glass coke crate, that you cannot repeat all the words that you
might hear while loafing at the garage, that saying the words, “I’m here to pick up parts for
Richard Hagan can grow old, and a little grease never hurt anybody. Most importantly they
learned that Fountain Run is filled with the greatest people on Earth.
Richard loved sports, especially basketball and baseball. Anyone that knew Richard, knew
about his love for the Kentucky Wildcats and the LA Dodgers.
When recently asked by a nurse at the hospital if he played baseball in high school, Richard
replied, “Yes, but I was too slow. I ran fast....but just too long in one place.”
In retirement, Richard served as chairman on the Fountain Run Cemetery committee and was a
faithful member of the Fountain Run Senior Center where he enjoyed playing Rook and visiting
with his friends.
He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, church and community.
Funeral services will be held at Fountain Run Missionary Old Baptist Church at 1:00 PM, Saturday, November 13, 2021 with Bro. Tim Eaton and Bro. Kyle Gammons officiating. Visitation is Friday afternoon from 3-8 PM at Fountain Run Funeral Home, and will continue on Saturday morning after 9:00 AM until service time at 1:00 PM at Fountain Run Missionary Old Baptist Church. Burial is in Fountain Run Cemetery with Bro. Terry Dismon and Bro. Sammy Norris officiating the graveside services.
Memorial Donations suggested to Fountain Run Cemetery or
Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates, 10160 Linn Station Road, Louisville, KY 40223 or www.donatelifeky.org
Arrangements are under the direction of Fountain Run Funeral Home