Presley McDonald Merritt Wagoner, a native of Mobile, Alabama, is the daughter of Dr. Charles Wesley Merritt and Mary Martha Presley. Mrs. Wagoner attended Brenau Women's College in Gainesville, Georgia, where she graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Spanish. She is married to Dr. Joel Morris Wagoner, with whom she has two sons and a daughter; Merritt, Andrew and Mary Elizabeth.


  • National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (Honorary President General)
  • National Gavel Society
  • National Society of the Colonial Dames of America
  • Jamestowne Society
  • Plantagenet Society
  • Colonial Order of the Crown
  • Sovereign Colonial Society Americans of Royal Descent
  • National Society Magna Charta Dames

Other Notes

Mrs. Wagoner is active in a number of charitable, professional and civic organizations including:

  • Dental Auxiliary: Auxiliary to American Dental Association
  • Auxiliary to West Virginia Dental Association
  • New River Dental Auxiliary, President, Secretary-Treasurer
  • Participant in Raleigh County, West Virginia, Health Department Dental Screening Program
  • Garden Club: Azalea Garden Club, Beckley, West Virginia, President, Corresponding Secretary
  • Laurel Hill Garden Club, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Beckley Junior Woman's Club, Executive Board, Public Affairs Committee
  • VA Hospital Program Coordinator
  • Beckley Community Concert Association: Membership Chairman, Board of Directors
  • Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia: Advisory Committee, Board of Directors Fund; Raising Committee, Long Range Planning Committee
  • Beckley Area Foundation: Grants Committee, Advisory Committee
  • PTA: President, Crescent Elementary School
  • Secretary, Raleigh County PTA, P.T.O. Council
  • Virginia Episcopal School, Lynchburg, Virginia: Co-Chairman, Community Committee of Parents' Association
  • Co-President, Parents' Association
  • Beckley Alumnae Chapter Delta Delta Delta, President, Secretary, Reference Chairman
  • Docent, Wildwood House Museum
  • Cub Scouts, Adult leader
  • VA Hospital Volunteer
  • Brenau University Board of Trustees
  • Parents' Council, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Beckley, West Virginia: Sunday School and Bible School Teacher, Altar Guild
  • St. Stephen's Episcopal Day School: Preschool teacher (19 years)
  • Member, Chapel of the Cross Episcopal Church, Chapel Hill, North Carolina