Velda Mae Harrell Agee, 93, passed away peacefully at her home in Keysville, Virginia, on April 20, 2024.  She was the wife of her high school sweetheart, the late Rev. Coan Gray Agee for 66 years.  They are survived by five children; Larry S. Agee and wife Lorraine, Stan P. Agee and wife Polly, Warren D. Agee and wife Kay, Doug W. Agee and wife Peggy, and Annette A. Bennett and husband Jim. She was very proud of her nine grand-children, Lynn, Neil, Stephanie, Christa, Taylor, Samantha, Austin, Dalton, and Leighanne.  Her ten great-grandchildren brought her such joy; Kaden, Madalynn, Bailey, Wilton, Isabella, Lochlan, Arlo, Kennedy, Hadley, and Eller.

Born on December 29, 1930, in Meadows of Dan, Virginia to Dorsie William and Clara Stanley Harrell, she was the oldest of four children.  She had one sister; Norma Harrell Cassell, and two brothers; William (Bill) Harrell and Mahlon Harrell, who have all preceded her in death.  She was also raised with four double-first cousins; Evelie Harrell Agee, Reva Sue Harrell Lucas, and Armand Harrell, who have survived her, and the late Gorman Harrell.

Mrs. Agee was a 1953 graduate of Westhampton College (University of Richmond) and received a Master of Science in Education from Longwood College in 1979. In all areas of her life, she lived fully and faithfully.  She ministered alongside her husband in each of the churches to which they were called.  As an educator, she taught several grade levels and subjects in Powhatan and Chesterfield Counties but found Kindergarten to be her passion.  She began a private Kindergarten program at Ash Camp in 1967 and subsequently taught for Charlotte County Public Schools until her retirement in 1996.

In addition to her extensive work in the church, she was an avid gardener as evidenced by her well-manicured yard and her membership in the Keysville Garden Club.  She also served on the Charlotte County Library Board, was a member of Alpha Kappa Delta, the CCPS Retired Teachers Association and volunteered for Hospice.  Mrs. Agee was a Christian servant, role model, and an inspiration to so many who will miss her and cherish her memory.

A celebration of her life will be held on Tuesday, April 23rd at Ash Camp Baptist Church at 2:00 PM. Her family is receiving guests at the Agee residence and will host a public visitation at the church on Monday, April 22nd from 5 to 8 PM. Memorial contributions can be made to Ash Camp Baptist Capital Improvement Fund at P.O. Box 56, Keysville, VA 23947 or the Charlotte County Rescue Squad at P.O. 330, Keysville, VA 23947. The Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville, VA is in charge of arrangements.

Condolence Messages

  1. Noblin family

    20 April 2024 2 months ago

    To the family of Mrs Agee I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs Agee but you know she walking the street of gold beside your dad may God comfort you all during this difficult time

  2. Charlie and Anita Russell

    20 April 2024 2 months ago

    Wishing you peace, comfort and love during this time. Mrs. Agee was an amazing lady and loved by all.

  3. Cheryl Whirley

    20 April 2024 2 months ago

    Prayers for God’s peace and comfort

  4. Lorrie Mann

    21 April 2024 2 months ago

    So sad to lose such a delightfully beautiful aunt.
    Such a wonderful example of beauty inside and out. She will be missed♥️♥️♥️

  5. Mark Wood

    21 April 2024 2 months ago

    Condolences & prayers to all my Harrell cousins, other family, & friends! She was such a great caring, beautiful on the inside & out, soul!

  6. Hezteine Foster 9

    21 April 2024 2 months ago

    So sorry to hear about the passing of Mrs. Agree. I worked with her at Keysvillej Elementary School she was such a beautiful and wonderful teacher. She shall be missed.

  7. Curtis or Shelly Marshall

    21 April 2024 2 months ago

    We extend our deepest sympathy and condolences on the passing our cousin Velda. She was very special to my mother, Clarabelle (Harrell) Marshall and was thought of so highly by our family. We have several memories of visiting with her on the mountain when we came from Illinois to Virginia for a visit. Velda did her best to work around plans to help host us at Aunt Clara and Uncle Dorsie; a couple times in Keysville, once with Coen who was a very nice man. She was truly a special person who had traits that will live on in all of you.
    Curtis, Shelly, Colton (Sadie) and Camryn Marshall

  8. Frieda T Whirley

    21 April 2024 2 months ago

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs Agee. She was a fine lady and servant for the Lord. She will be missed in this community. Sending thoughts and prayers for the family.

  9. Juanita Johnson,President

    21 April 2024 2 months ago

    The Rose And Garden Club members of South Boston wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Mrs. Agee.
    We were truly inspired by her conversation, prayers and reading of poems during the South Central District meetings. May God continue to give you strength during this difficult time.

  10. Cathy Burns

    21 April 2024 2 months ago

    So sorry to hear this sad news, the passing of Mrs. Agee. A kind and Sweet Spirit . Sincere Condolences!! The Rose and Garden Club Member CathyBurns..
    South Boston VA.


    22 April 2024 2 months ago


  12. Benny and Jerleen Marston

    22 April 2024 2 months ago

    Annette,Jim, and family, so sorry to hear of your loss.
    Benny and Jerleen

  13. David and Yvonne Carson

    22 April 2024 2 months ago

    So very sorry. Our prayers and thoughts are with each of the family. She was a beautiful lady inside and out. She will definitely be missed. Sincerely David and Yvonne Carson

  14. Patricia Felker

    23 April 2024 2 months ago

    Sending our condolences to the Agee family.
    Pat and Dan Felker

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