The life of 18-year-old Hagan Hix was cut short on Monday, June 6th, when a motorcycle crash claimed his life as the young rider failed to negotiate a curve on Heady Ridge Road, and hit a tree while driving his 2001 Honda Shadow.While the exact time of the crash is unknown, the Macon County Sheriffs Department was notified at 8:05 p.m. that Hagan’s body had been discovered at the wreck site, and Deputies who arrived on the scene, contacted the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Hagan Hix resided with his parents Mark and Kim (Whitman) Hix on Dragstrip Road in Red Boiling Springs and was a 2010 graduate of Macon County High School. He had two older siblings; John Mark Hix and Molly (Hix) Cooper. He was an avid bicycle and dirt bike rider who enjoyed life and touched the lives of all who knew him with his infectious smile and genuine, caring nature.
Having just completed his freshman year at the University of Tennessee, Hagan was just two months shy of his 19th birthday with dreams and ambitions of becoming a dentist.
Speaking at Hagan’s funeral, friend and fellow member of the Macon Wheel Billy’s, a local bicycling club, Russell Brown commented on the characteristics that set Hagan apart from so many others.
“What a special young man. How many teenage boys do you know that will kiss their momma and tell her he loves her in front of his friends? Or tell his buddies how proud he is of his dad? It didn’t bother him and I think he could care less what anybody else thought. I never saw Hagan do anything just to try to fit in or be part of the group. He just did what he thought was right,” he said about Hagan.
With a strong work ethic, the determination to face any challenge and an impressive athletic ability, Hagan was an inspiration to many. Hiking, backpacking, caving, snowboarding, camping, riding dirt bikes and UT football were just a few of his passions.
“I remember a bicycle race a couple of years ago. We were racing as a team and Hagan was at the back of our group,” Russell remembered. “I thought he was exhausted, I know I was. But when we got in sight of the finish line here comes Hagan around the team to finish first. He always did like finishing at the front. And I think that is the way he finished his short life here on earth – at the front. I get this mental picture now of Hagan racing his way toward Heaven and looking back - waiting for everyone else at the finish line. I have no doubt he is there….”
“I am going to finish now, but I want to leave you with a thought,” Russell told the crowd of Hagan’s friends and family. “I told you about Hagan mowing my yard and how he liked to put a nice pattern in it. Well, I had to mow my own yard yesterday and I could still see that pattern. You know what I did don’t you? I just followed his old tracks and it turned out great. For a young man, Hagan left a lot of patterns for us to follow: I have only mentioned three today: 1.To love deeply and be loved; 2. To work hard and well; 3. To play hard, using all of our God given talents, and 4) to live a Christ like life. I hope we can take at least some of these and apply them to our own lives. I know I will.”
A young man loved and admired by his many classmates, teachers, fellow Oak Grove Church of Christ members, and family, Hagan’s Facebook page has become a virtual memorial for those who now struggle with the fact that he is gone. Leaving their messages of condolences for his family, and their final words to Hagan, many recall their fondest memories with him…
“Hagan was a camper in my cabin (Dan Klan) at TCC camp for years. We had the awesome experience of learning the Word of God together. He was my friend, my buddy, and my brother side by side in Christ. I see his smile every time i think of him because he was a positive happy young man. I believe with all my heart based on the love, mercy, and grace we read of in the scriptures, that my brother is in a better place because Hagan was called home by Our Lord. We will miss him greatly, but Hagan is waiting and wanting you to know Our m because he was a positive happy young man. We will miss him greatly, nut Hagan is waiting and wanting you to know Our God and Savior now.” - Corey Moore (church camp friend)
God and Savior now. He knows now what all the late late late night talks were about!!! Love you brother I will
“We will miss him greatly, but Hagan is waiting and wanting you to know Our
God and Savior now. He knows now what all the late late late night talks were about!!! Love you brother I will see”You were a treasure and you had a special place in my heart. Our little Spanish 3 class has been touched by so much tragedy, and while I may not understand why, I still believe that God has a plan. We will miss you, Hagan.” - Hannah Holland (MCHS Teacher)
“I have always told Tonya that I hope Isaac grows up to be as a fine young man as you.” - Troy Kirby (cyclist rider and friend)
“Hagan, you were definitely a bright star that shone on every single person you met! Thanks for the funny memories from class that we all shared! You will be missed. This quote makes me think of you... ‘Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy’." - Vicki Pagan (MCHS Teacher)
“Hagan, it’s been so hard to accept the fact that you're gone.. but God gained one sweet angel last night. Thank you for making our freshmen year of college one of the best, and I’m so glad that we all got that much time with a wonderful guy like you.. it wouldn't of been and won't be the same without you.. you will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.” - Bethanye Jones (MCHS ’10 and UT Classmate)
“Couldn't have asked for a better friend man. Whether you were spanking me at ping pong at Jerry Hendersons or just winning every match in Coach A's. I will miss you man.” - Kenton Curtis (MCHS ’10 Classmate)
Many of those close to Hagan have also left mementos at the wreck site on Heady Ridge Road in his memory.
Funeral Services for Hagan Mathews Hix were conducted on Thursday, June 9, 2011 from the Anderson & Son Funeral Home Chapel in Red Boiling Springs, TN with Gary Wilder and Russell Brown officiating. Interment followed in the Bethany Cemetery. Honorary Pallbearers were Nelson Hix, Roger Hix, Ronnie Hix, Ray Hix, Delbert Hix, Dennis Hix, Phillip Hix, Freddy Hix, Jeff Whitman, Tony Boles and many more friends and family. Active Pallbearers were Russell Brown, Jerry Henderson, Zachary Carter, Kendall Cooper, Phillip Hix, Jr., Dale Hix, Kelly McDonald and James Hix.
Survivors include: parents, Mark & Kim Whitman Hix, Red Boiling Springs, sister & brother-in-law, Molly & Kendall Cooper, Red Boiling Springs, brother & sister-in-law, John Mark & Jeanie Hix, Lafayette, maternal grandparents, Jere & Helen Stephens Whitman, Red Boiling Springs, niece, Kenzie Hix, nephews, Eli Hix, Jackson Hix, all of Lafayette, Whitt & Wyatt Cooper, Red Boiling Springs.