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Armiger "Jay" Jagoe Jr.

Armiger Louis Jagoe, Jr of Gulfport, Mississippi, long-time resident of the Washington DC area and most recently of Chicago, Illinois, died peacefully at home with his family at the age of 99 on April 4, 2021.

Beloved husband of Eva Noble Jagoe for 62 years.

Treasured father of Armiger Jagoe III (May), Maria Jagoe Plaxco (Jared), George Jagoe (Leslie) and Eva-Lynn Jagoe (Imre).

Cherished grandfather of Rick, Karim, Emma, Georgy, Maddie, Sebastian, Mollie, Dima, Sommers, Liam, Garrison, and Leta.

Great grandfather of Yena, Adam, Ruby and Caitlyn and uncle of Alicia Naranjo Noble and William Maddock and the late Royston Maddock.

Jay was a "Southern Boy",
a decorated Air Corps veteran of WWII,
an entrepreneur and mentor,
a bonsai gardener and bird watcher,
an intrepid traveler and dog-lover,
a passionate writer and humanitarian,
a “joyful Catholic” and eternal optimist.

He spent the last years of his life preaching the gospel of "I Love Being Old: The Last Phase of Life Can Be Made the Best", and he lived this credo every day.

He added the nickname TMBOOE to his official correspondence during the last decade of his life: "The Most Blessed One on Earth."

He was a tireless networker -- and made the art of "staying in touch" a life passion until the day he died, always with the goal of making people feel better about themselves and their lives.

He didn’t do goodbyes.
He did "I-love-you’s" and "you're great's".


Jay was a great decades-long friend of my father, Bill Metcalf, a fellow Southerner. His good humor, wise insights, and loyalty were both inspirational and reassuring. I am very sorry for your loss, Jagoe family, but what a husband, father and grandfather he must have been for you, and what a legacy in good deeds he has left. It was a gift to know him and hear what he had to say. Some people are truly blessed and he was one of them. I am very sorry to not have had the chance to say goodbye.

Anne Metcalf Oct 13 2021 10:16 PM

Mr. Jagoe was such a sweet and kind man who showed such compassion. He was there for me at our high school débutante ball, as my own father could not attend. I admired his strong Catholic faith. God bless him and his family

Susie Romanosky Aug 16 2021 7:16 PM

A great gentleman, fellow Kiwanian and a most likable
Friend. Many happy memories.

Doug Wheeler May 21 2021 3:14 PM

My name is Karen McCallop, of Kensington Maryland. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Jay as being his UBER Driver. He had such an inviting spirit and wonderful sense of humor. He sent my mother an autographed copy of his most recent book. My mom was simply amazed that she would receive newsletters from him. I met his wife too and she was such a sweetheart. We laughed about Mr. Jay being so independent. I am so sorry I didn't get a chance to see him before he moved to Chicago.

Sending prayers to the family.

Karen McCallop May 10 2021 6:20 PM

I had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Jagoe when I went to work at The CIMA Companies, Inc. which he started. I always found him to be a very thoughtful and considerate person. He would always share some bit of knowledge or insight with me when I saw him that I found interesting and sometimes thought-provoking. There were too few Jay Jagoes in the world then and likely even less today.

Bill Groves May 10 2021 2:37 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Armiger Jagoe Jr.

Jack Welch Apr 26 2021 10:44 AM

Jay and I met in 1978 at a seminar he conducted through CIMA, his insurance agency. From our first meeting until our last conversation on April 2 2021 Jay was adamant about "doing" it his way even if his way was unconventional. He always got it right. As my mentor he was most thoughtful, always encouraging but challenging. He loved his wife dearly and spoke so enthusiastically about his children and grandchildren, never being judgmental. After breakfast or a phone call with Jay I found myself contemplating our conversation, inevitably inspired to take proactive action. I will always remember our time together and treasure our memories. It's fun getting old and the best is yet to come. "Come on now, get to work."

Malcolm Bund Apr 22 2021 2:44 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Armiger Jagoe Jr.

Malcolm Bund Apr 22 2021 2:34 PM

Had made a recent unsuccessful effort to reach out to Jay, and the discovery of his passing put my mind to rest. Met Jay in Kensington in 1986 through Holy Redeemer Parish. He was a remarkable man who used his talents for the benefit of others, and in so doing was an example and inspiration to many. His children, grandchildren and great grandchildren can be very proud of him. His newsletter "I love being old" was a spirit-lifter to so many people! Having recently read his book Southern Boy Grown Up, i was reminded of my WW II veteran dad, an Army Air Corps pilot, who passed on too soon to share his own stories. To say he will be missed is an understatement!

Thomas F. Dwyer Apr 14 2021 5:56 PM