Texas Brazos river legend James Bagwell has passed on.

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Texas Brazos river legend James Bagwell has passed on.

Postby Brotherbob » Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:23 am

Some of you might remember the Brazos river epic adventure documented in Marshrider and several newspapers and magazines.
The fella named James Bagwell was my uncle and the reason I am a air boater. James Bagwell passed on this week and asked that no funeral take place , no ceremony, no fanfare and its just killing me. We have respected his wishes and at some point I will scatter his ashes in the Brazos river.

This first pic should be him and me when I bought that Air Ranger from him.
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James Bagwell experimented in all kinds of boats and when he had a stroke I bought his old Air Ranger. I wanted to share some pics and some stories for his friends and air boating family to remember him by....so here it goes.

In 1979 my uncle and friends traveled over 500 miles in homemade airboats on the Brazos river just becuse the Corps of Engineers said it couldnt be done. The link below is my and a good buddy of mine Adventure doing the same run 30 years to the day.

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The story was also in Marshrider covered in this issue and another..

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My Uncle taught me how to act on the river and if someones ass needed whippin" well son dont cone back until its done" LOL. He was a outlaw sometimes and regularly got chased by the game warden and then would buy them dinner later that day! He was a butcher a shrimp/fishing boat captain. He never belived in banks but would loan you cash when you needed it. Recused cows from mud in the river and could feed the whole family with a few hours on the river.

I'm gonna miss the old cuss, thanks for allowing me the time and place to remember is legacy.

Here is a bunch of pics I'll try to bust up into several posts -hang with me.

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Re: Texas Brazos river legend James Bagwell has passed on.

Postby Brotherbob » Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:23 am

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Postby Brotherbob » Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:24 am

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Postby Brotherbob » Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:30 am

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Postby Quackcephus » Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:46 am

Most excellent post Brother Bob... the glass was raised high... both feet flat on the floor!!!
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Postby Quackcephus » Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:47 am

Mr. James is a true Brazos river legend. I got to meet him & hear some of the stories in the first person... I especially liked the one where he & Mr. Red fed the GW & Sheriff's Dept. "dive team" a catfish dinner. :salute:
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Postby Cowboy Rock » Wed Mar 26, 2014 11:03 am

So sorry to hear of this Brother Bob,,, Sounds like he was a Helluva Man,,,

Toast to his life,,,
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Postby highlife57 » Wed Mar 26, 2014 11:11 am

Sounds like he was a awsome man... May he rest in peace. Amen.

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Postby HASBEEN » Wed Mar 26, 2014 11:27 am

I was proud to have met him.

Them "Cedar People" are a tough bunch....work hard and play hard.
Stories will be told and retold, he definitely left a mark.

Sorry for ya`ll`s loss BrotherBob.

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Re: Texas Brazos river legend James Bagwell has passed on.

Postby Breakin wind » Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:26 pm

Sorry to hear about your loss BB. He was a true river legend to the people that grew up on da river.
I remember seeing him go by in his airboat standing on the bank when I was in high school and saying "I'm going to have one of those one day". Everyone on the river knew his boat and everyone would always wave when he went by. He would always come down to the river if he was home and wave when you went by in your boat. Sounds like we need to have a little BRAB river run pretty soon around these parts.
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Re: Texas Brazos river legend James Bagwell has passed on.

Postby Cooter69 » Fri Mar 28, 2014 7:39 am

Great pics Brother,

They go to early and after their gone you wish you could of taken in more of their wisdom.

Sorry for your loss. I'm sure he is in a better place than we are.

Prayers sent up for you and your family.

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Postby Airboatcapt2 » Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:47 am

Proud to say I got to meet your Uncle. I will never forget him and the weekend I went airboating with him!
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Postby Airboatcapt2 » Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:54 am

Those are some great pictures. Thank you for sharing.
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Postby Brotherbob » Sun Mar 30, 2014 10:55 pm

Airboatcapt2 wrote:Proud to say I got to meet your Uncle. I will never forget him and the weekend I went airboating with him!

Now you know why that old boat is so close to my heart. Its rough and not as pretty or as fast but it's my Uncle James' old boat and when I asked him "wil it run like a scalded dawg unc?" He said SHO-NUF!
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Postby KC5AKB » Sat Sep 02, 2017 8:10 pm

BrotherBob,
I will bet Uncle James was looking down
AT YOU ALL and thinking I am PROUD TO SEE HE LEARNED SOMETHING and he is in my boat .I am sure he was riding next to you in those flood waters .
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