James Lee “Jimmie” Agnew, age 89, of rural Fayette, passed away March 31, 2014, at the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics.
He was born July 1, 1924, on the family farm east of New Franklin to William Lee “Bill” and Charlotta Mae “Lottie” Agnew. He married Bonnie Sue McEntire on Dec. 3, 1948. She survives at their home.
Jimmie lived his entire life in Howard County, Mo. His love of baseball began when he was very young. He played for the semi-pro baseball team based in Armstrong, Mo. His dedication to baseball continued through the New Franklin summer youth Association and his coaching career in the American Legion, Junior and Senior Babe Ruth and Ban Johnson Leagues of Howard and Cooper counties.
Jimmie served his nation with honor in the U. S. Army during World War II as private first class in the 79th Infantry Division from May 19, 1944 to November 10, 1945. He served during the Rhineland Campaign and the European, African and Middle Eastern Theater. Among his decorations and citations were the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Good Conduct Medal.
After his service in the U.S. Army, Jimmie worked on the family farm and orchards east of New Franklin until election to the office of Howard County Collector. He served as collector for over 30 years until his retirement.
Like his love of baseball, another of Jimmie’s lifelong passions was fox hunting which began in childhood. His fox hounds won many awards in the state. Two of his proudest moments were winning the Missouri Governor’s Cup and the Grand Royal. He thoroughly enjoyed sitting around the fire listening to his hounds – what he called their music.
In addition to his wife, Bonnie, survivors include two sons, Bill Agnew and wife, Pat of Fayette and Dale Agnew and wife, Beverly of Boonville; two daughters, Mary Agnew of Columbia and Pattie Cumpton and husband, Alvin of Garden City, Mo.; a sister, Lottie “Muggie” Leach of New Franklin; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Mr. Agnew was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, John Agnew and a sister, Barbara Ann Disbrow.
Services celebrating Mr. Agnew’s life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the New Franklin Christian Church. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the New Franklin Christian Church in care of Markland-Yager Funeral Home, P.O. Box 126, New Franklin, Missouri.
Arrangements entrusted to Markland-Yager Funeral Home, New Franklin, Missouri.