AGEE, John Taylor, 77, of Lynchburg,
beloved husband of Billie DeWitt Agee, passed away Tuesday, November 23,
1999. John was born July 4, 1922, the son of the late John T. Agee and
the late Laura Epperly Agee. He attended Boonsboro United Methodist
Church and worked for the U.S. Postal Service.
He was a proud member of the 82nd
Airborne Division, the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Company D.
While serving his country during WWII, he was directly involved in the
Normandy Invasion as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, the
Invasion of Holland, and The Battle of the Bulge. During this time, he
was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds suffered during the Battle of
the Bulge, and two Bronze Stars for heroism. General James Gavin
presented him with a Certificate of Merit which reads in part..."Sgt.
Agee continually exposed himself to enemy artillery and gunfire, which
was sweeping the area, in order to maintain personal contact with the
men in his squad...". He was also presented the European Invasion Medal
with four stars for bravery. He belonged to the 82nd Blue Ridge All
American Airborne Association, and the American Legion Post 16. He was a
true hero to his family as well as his country.
In addition to his wife, he is
survived by one sister, Louise Millner, Goode; and one brother, William
Agee and his wife Jean, Beckley, W.Va.; two sons, John T. Agee III and
his wife, Kim, Newport News, and Michael Steven Agee and his wife Kim,
Long Island, N.Y.; three daughters, Sharon Agee Szydlowski and her
husband Leo, Chesterfield, Laura Agee Roach and her husband Keith,
Lynchburg, and Becky Agee Fisher and her husband Tom, Goode; fourteen
grandchildren, Katie Szydlowski, Lisa Szydlowski, Maggie Szydlowski,
David Roach, Jason Fisher, John Agee IV, Kristin Agee, Kori Agee, Justin
Agee, Jordan Agee, Kara Agee, Kaci Agee, Treenie Agee and Travis Agee;
and many devoted friends.
A graveside service will be
conducted 2 p.m. Friday, November 26, 1999 in Virginia Memorial Park
with the Reverend William R. Fisher officiating. The family will receive
friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 24, 1999 in the
Woodall-Tharp Funeral Home. Memorial Contributions may be made to
Boonsboro United Methodist Church, 6025 Boonsboro Rd., Lynchburg, Va.
24503. Woodall-Tharp Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
(The Roanoke Times, Roanoke,
VA, 24 Nov 1999, Page B3 - courtesy of Tedd Cocker)
(courtesy of Bill and Rita Cothran)
Grave marker for John T. Agee in Section 1 Lot 126C
Site 1 of the Virginia Memorial Park, Forest (Bedford County), Virginia.