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.


Condolence Messages

  1. Jimmie Dix

    17 October 2019 3 years ago

    I was truly saddened by the passing of Rev Agee. I got to know him and his son when I was on the rescue Squad. He was truly a kind man. I always looked forward to working with him. I will pray for the family to be blessed and may God hold you all close.

  2. Janice Ragan

    17 October 2019 3 years ago

    I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Agee and his family just recently. What a treasure!! Praying for God’s strength and comfort for his sweet family

  3. Cheryl Whirley

    18 October 2019 3 years ago

    I pray for God’s comfort for you all.

  4. Vicki Dobbins Cardwell

    18 October 2019 3 years ago

    So very sorry to hear about Mr. Agee passing. He was one of the kindest persons I have ever known. Sending thoughts and prayers for his family.

  5. Cindy Hall

    18 October 2019 3 years ago

    I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  6. Pat and Betsi Hurd

    18 October 2019 3 years ago

    Our condolences to the family and prayers for God’s continued blessings.

  7. Stacy Dewberry Kinder

    19 October 2019 3 years ago

    I am so sorry to hear about this. Mr.Agee was a wonderful person and a wonderful teacher. He and Randolph taught me so many invaluable lessons when I ran squad with them. I was a better EMT from what I learned from him because my interest was cardiology and he was the best at it in my opinion that wasn’t a doctor. No joke. I also enjoyed just sitting and hearing about some of his squad stories. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts, love and prayers are with y’all.

  8. Robert Putt

    19 October 2019 3 years ago

    I was a young pastor when I first heard your father’s name
    He was a great influencer of pastors that followed him. May the God of all peace bless your family.

  9. Julie Austin

    19 October 2019 3 years ago

    May God provide strength and comfort for your family at this time. Rev. Agee was a pillar of strength for the Keysville area and will be missed by many.

  10. Martha Hamlett

    19 October 2019 3 years ago


    So sorry to learn of your loss. Losing a parent is hard. We will all have to face it. I wish peace for you and your family.

  11. Tony Brooks

    19 October 2019 3 years ago

    He was such a great man! He will be missed and helped so many along the way. I have training events this weekend and can’t be there, but know I am praying for his family and all of his friends he has helped along the way!

  12. Ron Andrews

    20 October 2019 3 years ago

    Bird Hunter was a great man! Thoughts and Prayers to the family at this time of sorrow. He will be missed.

  13. Brenda Holland-Robinson

    20 October 2019 3 years ago

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family at their time of grief over the loss of Mr. Agee. May they feel Gods love, and may he ever rest in sweet peace. With kind regards.

  14. Charles Beckett

    21 October 2019 3 years ago

    Dear Velda and family:
    My heart aches from you over our loss of a dynamic Christian gentleman. I would have joined you at Ash Camp had I known of Coan’s joyous uniting with Christ whom he loved so much and represented so powerfully throughout his life. Velda, you are well aware of how much I appreciated being with him.
    May those who follow him allow the Holy Spirit to inspire them to radiate some of the light instilled in his life by the Lord. Even now I feel more dedicated to Christ because of what I observed and learned from Coan. Praise be to God.

  15. Judy Childress

    21 October 2019 3 years ago

    I’m very sorry to hear about your husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

  16. Janice Francisco

    22 October 2019 3 years ago

    To the family of Pastor Agee and Mrs. Agee,
    I am so saddened to see this today. Mr. Agee was one of a kind and very beloved. I know you will all miss him and I now the community of Keysville will miss his shining star. Mrs. Agee, my deepest condolences to you. As you know, he is another Angel in heaven now and I am sure still fostering his wonderful goodwill and ministering to all that have gone before us. May he RIP and may you and your family cherish the most wonderful memories you had with your husband, minister and Father. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Jan Francisco

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