Coan Gray Agee, 90, peacefully passed from this life on Thursday, October 17, 2019, surrounded by his family at his home in Keysville, Virginia. Rev. Agee was the husband of the former Velda Harrell. Born in Floyd County on May 27, 1929, he was the only son of Esley Grover and Ruby Dalton Agee. After graduating from Meadows of Dan High School, he worked his way through college by pastoring six churches. He earned an Associate’s Degree from Bluefield College, a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Richmond, and a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary at Wake Forest University. His 63 year-long ministry included pastoring churches in Bluefield, Amelia, Powhatan, and Blairs. He retired from full-time ministry after 28 years at Ash Camp Baptist Church in Keysville. After retirement, he continued to minister to congregations as an interim pastor of eight additional churches until 2013. Ministry to the Baptist denomination extended beyond the local church as he held leadership positions in the Southside Baptist Association and the General Association of Virginia Baptists. He considered his work on the Keysville Fire Department for 26 years and the Charlotte County Rescue Squad for 40 years to be another mission field and also served his community as a member of the Ruritan Club and the Charlotte County Planning Commission. Along with being a charter member of the Charlotte County Rescue Squad, he worked and received several honors from the Virginia Emergency Medical Services System. Rev. Agee was appointed by Governor Baliles to the Joint Sub-Committee of the Virginia Legislation to study EMT certifications and by Governor Warner to the state EMS Advisory Board. In 2002, Rev. Agee was presented the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Emergency Medical Services Pre-Hospital Provider. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 66 years, Velda, four sons, Larry S. Agee (Lorraine), Stan P. Agee (Polly), Warren D. Agee (Kay), Doug W. Agee (Peggy) and one daughter, Annette A. Bennett (Jim). He was most proud of his nine grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren. He was an avid golfer, hunter fisherman, and supporter of his favorite sports teams on television.
A celebration of his life will be held Sunday, October 20, 2019, at 2 p.m. in Ash Camp Baptist Church. Rev. Ted Smith officiating. The family will receive visitors on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 6:30-8:30 also at Ash Camp Baptist Church and other times at the Agee residence. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Ash Camp Baptist Church Capital Improvement Fund. The Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville, VA is serving the family.