Dr. Gloria Poarch Hagans

Sunrise: June 6, 1943

Sunset: September 11, 2023
Dr. Gloria Poarch Hagans went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sept. 11, 2023. She was preceded in death by her parents, Earnest and Dollie Poarch. Gloria was a retired Executive Administrator with Norfolk Public Schools. She was a proud graduate of Booker T. Washington High School, Class of 1961. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the Norfolk Division of Virginia State College (NSU), Master’s degree from Old Dominion University, and Doctoral degree from Vanderbilt University (Peabody). Gloria had a passion for education and life long learning. She especially enjoyed working with the youth and inspiring them to achieve academic excellence.
Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, George E. Hagans, Sr., daughter, Gloria “Candy” Hagans, son, George E. Hagans, Jr., granddaughter, Maxine Robinson, sisters, Joyce Ambridge (David), Lawada Poarch, and Dolly Lisa Williams, brothers, Leander Poarch (Cheryl), Michael Poarch (Darlene), Earnest Poarch Jr., Eric Poarch, and a host of other relatives and devoted friends.
Homegoing services will be held at The Historic First Baptist Church Bute St. in Norfolk at 11:00 am on Tuesday, September 19, 2023.  Following the service, she will be laid to rest at Princess Anne Memorial Park in Virginia Beach. The family will receive friends from 4pm to 7pm Monday, September 18, 2023 at Metropolitan Funeral Service-Berkley in Norfolk. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to the READY Academy Christian School of First Baptist Church.
Viewing Monday, September 18, 2023 4:00pm - 7:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Links Memorial Service for Links, Inc. Monday, September 18, 2023 6:00pm - 6:30pm Metropolitan Funeral Service Berkley Chapel Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Omega Omega Ceremony Monday, September 18, 2023 6:30pm - 7:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service Berkley Chapel Celebration of Life COME IN PERSON OR WATCH SERVICE LIVE ON METROPOLITAN FACEBOOK PAGE Tuesday, September 19, 2023 11:00am First Baptist Church 418 E Bute Street Norfolk, VA 23510 Laid to Rest Princess Anne Memorial Park 1110 N Great Neck Road Virginia Beach, VA 23454

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    norma wilson says

    I was sad to hear of Gloria’s sunset. She was a strong, beautiful and compassionate woman whose lasting impact on so many students, teachers and people will be her true legacy. Her bright smile, outgoing personality and generous heart will be missed but will live on in our hearts forever.

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    Peter Shaw says

    Gloria had the brightest smile and a warm personality. Her aura was always positive. Now her light will shine among the stars of the Universe.

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    Shannon Scoggins says

    I would like to send my condolences to both the Poarch and Hagans families. Dr. Hagans was my first director when I worked for NPS at the School Administration building from 2000-2004. At that time I was a 19-year-old girl and Dr. Hagans took a chance on me as the Admin Assistant for Compensatory Education Programs. She was also the first person to introduce me to Godiva chocolates. She will definitely be missed.

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    Jan Smith Roane says

    Heartfelt condolences and prayers are extended to the family concerning the loss of your loved one, Gloria. Please know that you are in our prayers and thoughts at this difficult time. Love and hugs to Aunt Joyce, Letitia, Felicia, Jason and the entire family. May God grant you peace and comfort!
    May your sister and aunt, Rest in Peace!

    ” He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
    -Revelation 21:4
    Godly Love and Peace,
    The Smith and Roane Families

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    Charlene Christopher says

    To the Hagans and Poarch families, my deepest condolences to you on the loss of your precious Gloria. She was such a bright and beautiful woman with a smile that was ever present. Her love of family was always evident and she made everyone feel a part of her family. She was loved by many for her dedication to children and education and will be missed by all. Goodbye, my friend, rest in peace for you were a great servant of the Lord.

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    Gloria was the personality we all should possess. God bless her family!
    Sincere Condolences
    1961 BTW Classmate

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    Becky Snyder DiRosa says

    Gloria Hagans was the supervisor of social studies for Norfolk Public Schools when I started my 32 year social studies Norfolk teaching career.Her early influence was welcoming and inspiring to me.When I would encounter her after she left that position we enjoyed updating on our lives. In 2018, Gloria encouraged me to join the Norfolk Sister Cities Association. This was a great reunion for me to be able to work with Gloria again.My life has been a little richer for having this Phenomenal Woman, Gloria Hagans on my path.

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    Amanda Gainer says

    Sending prayers of comfort and peace. Love Ya’ll.

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      Cynthia Melton says

      I was so sadden to hear of Gloria’s passing. My prayers go out to your family. I met Gloria through Lawada. Gloria welcomed others with open arms and a warm embrace. She made you feel like you were a part of the family. Gloria encouraged me to get involved with NSCA and AIL. I had the opportunity to get to know her more over the years. I’ve missed our talks over coffee and pastries. I will miss her!

      Praying for the family, that the LORD will comfort, strengthen and give each of you peace in this difficult time.

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    Gregory B Turpin says

    Ms. Gloria was such a shining light, and her beautiful smile will be missed by all of her neighbors. She was never too busy to stop and share a kind word and good humor with all who encountered her in our community.
    Our deepest condolences –
    Greg and Dionne

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    Beth Wilson says

    To the family of the late Dr. Gloria Hagans I extend my deepest condolences to you and pray that God will cover you with His peace, comfort, and strength during this difficult time. Keep those rich and beautiful memories of Dr. Hagans in your heart always.
    **Romans 12:12
    Beth W.

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    Shawn Coles says

    My condolences to the Hagans Family. May God give you comfort and peace. Hold on to his strength, in your time of grief.

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    Shawn Coles says

    May God give you strength in your time of grief. My condolences to the Hagans family,on the lost of your love one. Cherish all your memories now and forever. ♥️

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