Thomas William Hagood, Jr.

Born in Brewton, AL on October 13, 1955

Departed on September 10, 2020 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Thomas William Hagood, Jr., 64, left this world early Thursday morning, September 10, follow-ing complications sustained from a car accident in late July.  He passed away peacefully in the Palliative Care Unit at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  He was born October 13, 1955 in Brewton, AL. 

Tom majored in English as an undergrad.  He received his Masters in Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary, Atlanta, Georgia and was ordained by the Presbyterian Church USA.  He worked as the junior minister at Hillwood Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN for three years. He was more interested in counseling and obtained a M.S. in Psychology from Middle Tennes-see State University and later, his Ph.D. from The University of Southern Mississippi.  He com-pleted an internship with the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Memphis, TN in 1989.

Tom worked as a psychologist in Greenville, SC for three years before deciding to pursue a ca-reer with the VA Medical Center in Middle Tennessee.  He worked in Pain Management using biofeedback, and later spent seven years as the Director of the Substance Abuse Therapy Pro-gram. It was during this time that the VA first received the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations for the SATP program.  He subsequently moved to the Nashville VA and headed up the inpatient/outpatient programs for PTSD for a number of years. Prior to retir-ing in 2019, he worked as a clinical psychologist in Medicine.  

Tom served as an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina, Spartanburg campus and Argosy University, Nashville, TN. His students enjoyed his teaching methods, which always included real life cases. One day, he came home with a framed poster of Albert Einstein given to him by a student.  He derived great joy in mentoring students and psychiatry residents over the years.  

Tom married his soulmate, Margy, on August 29, 1992 at their home in Murfreesboro, TN.  In November 1993, their only child, Sarah was born. Tom enjoyed photography, cooking, movies and planning family vacations to Arizona, California, Florida, New York and Ohio. He also en-joyed traveling abroad.  An avid wine collector at one time, he lamented being in France and visiting the Rhone valley on the day the rains drenched the grapes for the Chateauneuf du Pape 2002 reds.  He was an avid University of Alabama football fan…..Roll Tide!!

Tom is survived by his wife of 28 years, Margy May, and their daughter, Sarah May Hagood, of Cincinnati, Ohio; siblings, Lane (John) Hagood Norton of Albany, GA and Benjamin (Matt) M. Hagood of Fairhope, AL; nieces, Dabney, Sarah and Gracie and nephew, Marshall.  Due to the current health crisis, a Zoom service will be announced at a later date.  

Memorials may be made to:  First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1808 Woodmont Blvd., Nash-ville, TN 37215 or Crossroads Campus: Caring For Humans & Animals, 707 Monroe St Nash-ville, TN, 37208.  




19 Comments to Thomas William Hagood, Jr.

  1. Jackie Houtz says:

    What a beautiful life. He will be missed by so many, including his family.

  2. Sandy Barbercheck says:

    Margy – my friend Rosie has told me so much about you. So sorry for your loss. Keep the faith!!

  3. Pamela Drury says:

    My memories of Tom are from when I worked across the hall from him as a new psychologist at the VA. I remember he brought a smile to my face whenever I saw him and he was always kind and generous with advice when I reached out. He was such a kind and good person, and I’m grateful to have worked alongside him. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Mae Parker Sparrow says:

    Margy and Sarah,
    What a beautiful life Tom had. He did so much to help others, whether two-legged or four-legged! Many lives have been touched by Tom’s caring nature and hard work. Though I was not around Tom much, I remember him as a sweet, kind soul. A life well-lived… Many blessings and peace to you both!

  5. Katie Benson says:

    Seeing Tom’s picture and reading his background left me with a very heavy heart (I can still hear him calling his dogs in: “Eadie!Eadie come on!” His geniality was a constant, and his absence will be felt as both friend and neighbor.
    Love to you both, Katie

  6. Chelsea Rothschild says:

    I was honored to serve on the Psychology Standards Board with Tom during his time at VA. I admired his expertise, perspective, and input. His sense of humor will be missed. My sincerest condolences to his family. He will be sorely missed.

  7. Erica White says:

    Margy and Sarah, sending condolences from the Psychology Section at VA Tennessee Valley.

    Erica White

  8. Judy Peeler says:

    Margy & Sarah, our thoughts & prayers are for you, we cherish the short times that we got to visit with Tom when in Fl with Margy; good memories, such a wonderful life. We will continue to keep you in our prayers. Love you.,Judy & Earl Hedrick Usrey

  9. Becky Meagher says:

    Tom was so loved by many. Have such fond memories of his expertise as a wine expert! Healing Prayers for you all.

  10. LaToya Younger says:

    Dr. Hagood was a wonderful professor and mentor, I enjoyed working with him and will miss him.

  11. Thomas Neal says:

    I met Dr. Hagood 04 Jan 2012, my first day at the Nashville VA. He was one of the good guys and I’ll give him one of the highest commendations I can as a vet: He took care of soldiers. Always.

  12. Hap Harrington says:

    Tom was my first boss when i was hired in at the SATP. He was always kind, considerate and my mentor in all things related to SUD. We worked together for 7 years. We had the opportunity to work side by side in Nashville 2013-2015. Tom was never short on trivia or esoteric matters, not to mention music. We never passed each other without acknowledgement. My prayers are with Margy and Sarah. Hap Harrington

  13. Eric Aureille says:

    Tom was a fine psychologist and human being. We served on the same treatment team at the VA for a period of time. He was a valued member of the team, and will be greatly missed! My deepest condolences go out to Tom’s extended family.

  14. Eun Ha Kim says:

    Before he retired, Tom’s office was across the hall from mine. While usually in passing, it was great to see his smiling face throughout the day. He is missed by so many. Send my condolences; I hope you find peace and comfort during this time.

  15. Kathie Stacey says:

    Unfortunately I never met Tom. What a beautiful life and legacy he led and leaves. He must have had such a meaningful and exceptional life. I so admire his determination and quest to understand all of us and his desire to guide us in such a meaningful journey to our final home. I would have loved to have met him and talked with him. I have been blessed to know his brother Ben, as a part of our family. My Prayers, thoughts, and love goes out to to this family. In our family from what I know, Ben must be a lot like Tom, a very kind, considerate, and giving person, whom, we are all blessed having them pass through our life and knowing they made a difference.

  16. Dorothy Wharton says:

    Tom was in my English class in high school. He didn’t like to read! Wonderful to know he was an English major in colllege. He was a handsome, smart teenager..a pleasure to have in class What an impressive career, that meant so much to so many.

  17. Trev. Tom Norton, Lane’s brother-in-law! says:

    Marcy, you and your family are in my prayers! May you feel God’s holy presence and loving care!

  18. Jim Gray says:

    Margy I never met Tom but always very much enjoyed playing bridge with you at Vanderbilt Bridge Club. My deepest sympathy to you and your Daughter. Jim Gray

  19. Robin Collier says:

    What a beautiful tribute. So sorry for your loss Ben. I pray for peace for you and your family 🙏🏻

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