William Wagoner, 91, often known as "Pop" or ‘Coach,” passed away in Ocala on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
He was born in Clanton, Ala. on March 11, l922. He was a retired teacher and coach.
For over 32 years he taught and coached at both Chapman High School and Apalachicola High School. Pop was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Coast Guard in the South Pacific, where he was awarded the Bronze Star.
He then attended Livingston State Teachers College in Alabama where he met his wife Blanche. In 1948 they moved to Apalachicola to teach and coach.
He is a member of both the Florida High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame and the University of West Alabama Athletic Hall of Fame.
Other than occasionally throwing his cast net, his true passion in life was coaching. He especially loved to see his former athletes succeed in life.
He is survived by his son, Wally Wagoner and his daughter-in-law Julie of Ocala, and their children Phillip and Abbey.
He was preceded in death by his wife Blanche and his sister Paula Binion.
Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church of Apalachicola on Saturday, March 23 at 10 a.m. followed by a graveside service at Magnolia Cemetery. Those who wish may make donations to Hospice in his memory.
All services are under the direction of the Comforter Funeral Home.