Funeral arrangements announced for David Wagner (’68), one of first African-American graduates from Wake Forest Law

Group photo of Dean Blake Morant and David Wagner ('68)

Dean Blake Morant and David Wagner ('68)

Funeral service details have been announced for David H. Wagner, Jr. (’68), who died on Sunday, July 13, 2014. Wagner was one of the first African-American graduates of the Wake Forest University School of Law.

According to his obituary, Wagner was born July 23, 1926, in Davidson County to David and Pearlie Mae Thomas Wagner. After completing his primary and secondary education in the Forsyth and Davidson County school systems, Wagner enrolled in N.C. A&T State University, where he earned his undergraduate degree.

In 1966, at the age of 39, Wagner decided to embark on a new career in law. He enrolled in the Wake Forest University School of Law as one of its first ever African-American students. On June 3, 1968, he graduated with a Juris Doctorate degree.

Two years following graduation, Wagner opened his own private practice of law and became general counsel to the Winston Mutual Insurance Co. He held this post for close to 20 years.

Throughout his lifetime, Wagner remained actively involved in both the Wake Forest Law community and the local community. At Wake Forest Law, he was a member and former national officer of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, for which a reception was held in October 2012 to honor his accomplishments. Additionally, he was a devoted member of United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, a life member of the NAACP, a member of the Winston Lake Senior Golf Association, life member of the National Education Association and member of the Winston-Salem Bar and North Carolina Black Lawyers Associations.

Funeral Service Details

A funeral will be held at noon on Friday at United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, 450 Metropolitan Dr., Winston-Salem. Entombment will follow in Parklawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to noon prior to the service at the church. Obituaries with other related information can be found at and on the Winston-Salem Journal website.