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January 28, 2010


Helen Bagley McGough, the widow of George E. Bagley Sr., executive secretary-treasurer of the Alabama Baptist Convention State Board of Missions from 1963 until 1983, died Jan. 19. She was 88.

A native of Atlanta, McGough attended the Woman’s Missionary Training School in Louisville, Ky. While there, she met Bagley, who was attending Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. They married in 1944 and moved the next year to Montgomery, where they joined Cloverdale Baptist Church.

Before becoming executive secretary-treasurer of the state board, Bagley was assistant to Executive Secretary-Treasurer A. Hamilton Reid and manager of Shocco Springs Baptist Conference Center in Talladega. Helping him in his role at Shocco Springs, McGough led conferences, taught classes and directed meetings and activities there as well as at other Baptist conference centers like Ridgecrest in North Carolina, Glorieta in New Mexico and Cedarmore in Kentucky.

She graduated from Huntingdon College in Montgomery and Auburn University and received a doctor of humane letters from Judson College in Marion in honor of her many years of leadership in education and church and denominational service across Alabama and the Southern Baptist Convention.

In the community, McGough taught English and served as a guidance counselor at Sidney Lanier High School in Montgomery and helped develop the first honors English program in the Montgomery Public Schools.

After Bagley died in 1998, she married Homer E. McGough and joined him in membership at First Baptist Church, Montgomery.

She is survived by McGough, three children, two stepchildren, eight grandchildren and several step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren. (TAB)

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