On January 31, 1986, a beautiful baby boy was born to Reena Bagby and Jonathan Daugherty. She named him Raphael Dion Bagby. Dion proved to be an energetic child, full of life, happiness and spontaneity. Terry Knight, who helped raise Dion beginning at the age of 6, was instrumental in his development into a man. At the age of 13, Dion accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.
Dion attended elementary school in Preston, Oklahoma. After leaving Preston he began a journey at Union Public Schools, that would lead to him finding his true passion in life. Dion participated in track and field and was stand out wrestler, but this was not his calling. Dion found a path that lead him to a new level of athleticism. A path not travelled by many, only those capable of agility, focus, commitment, and true talent. He begin helping the cheer coach at Union High school and discovered a new love, cheerleading. He went on to become a member of Powerhouse Cheer and then to Cheer Dynamix where he also coached. Dion graduated from Union High School in 2004 and was anxious to become a college cheerleader.
Dion attended Trinity Valley Community College, in Athens, Texas where he was a member of the Coed cheerleading team. It was here that Dion would clench his first collegiate national title in 2005. Upon graduation in 2006, Dion was ready for a change of scenery, a place to continue his adventure, another place where legends were are made, The University of Louisville. While he was a member of the small coed and then large coed cheer teams, he also coached at GymTyme All Stars. After receiving his Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice, and winning three more collegiate national titles, Dion began coaching at Power Cheer in Louisville, Kentucky.
Dion was a man, not of mediocre standards, nor one who chose to let life pass him by. He wanted adventure and the splendor of the many opportunities that a fulfilled life entailed. So, it was not a surprise when Dion said he went or was going water skiing, jet skiing, deep sea fishing, tubing, Scuba diving, snorkeling, bungee jumping. Dion decided he wanted to go to school to be a physical therapist which led him to Virginia. Dion became aware that he could not escape the joy of cheerleading. It was in Fairfax, VA. where Dion would begin his final coaching career at Infinity All Stars where he has resided since for more than two years. While coaching full time Dion still found time to have another job working in I.T. He was recently awarded a spot on the Baltimore Ravens Coed Cheerleading team. Just a couple months shy of taking the field, God called his son home. It was Dion’s dream to pass out free hugs. He believed hugs could heal and touch souls. He wanted to be part of the “Free Hug Campaign.” Dion was able to mentor and touch many lives following his passion. He always stayed true to himself and others by being a loving and warm person, and a true friend. He is remembered by those who loved him as just a joy to be around and someone who never wanted you to leave.
Dion leaves his legacy to be cherished by: A loving mother, Reena Bagby-Gardner, step father, Arnie Gardner; A devoted grandmother, Velma Bagby of Preston, OK.; Five loving Aunts: Tommy Weaver of Lewisville, TX., Pamela Jones of Tulsa, OK., Gesille Johnson of Preston, OK., Kevyn Grayson of Tulsa, OK., and Tonya Cross of Preston, OK. Six Uncles: Myron Bagby of Morris, OK., Roderick Bagby, Eric Bagby, both of Preston, OK., Daryl Bagby, Delton Bagby, both of Tulsa, OK., and Aurdra Bagby of Okmulgee, OK. Along with a host of loving and inspiring, cousins, relatives, and friends.
Dion is preceded in death by his grandfather, Ralph Bagby, Pastor.
The Hour of Remembrance will be shared on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 10:00 AM , in the Victory Christian Center, 7700 South Lewis Avenue. Burial will follow in Our Lady of Grace Cemetery in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.
You may visit Dyon, as he slumbers at the Funeral Home in Tulsa on Friday from 12 Noon until 7 PM.