FORT WASHINGTON, Md. – John Allen Agnew, 76, passed away Jan. 28, 2014, at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington D.C., on Jan. 28, 2014. He was born in Tupelo on June 18, 1937, to James and Adlena Agnew. Reared in Tupelo, he joined New Providence M.B. Church and attended George Washington Carver High School, where he was an outstanding running back with the Carver Blue Devils football team. He left school early to join the Army
. Upon completing his tour of duty he continued his education. Shortly after high school he met his wife, Margaret. In pursuit of a better career he moved his family to Washington, D.C., where he continued his education and found employment with the General Service Administration which was later renamed U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Protection Service-National Capitol Region. He retired in 1995. He was described by many as a man of trust, honor and integrity. He was a member of Ebenezer A.M.E. Church in Fort Washington, Md., where he served as treasurer and was faithful until his death.
A celebration of life service was held Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at Ebenezer A.M.E. Church in Fort Washington with the Rev. Dr. Grainger Browning Jr. officiating. Fort Lincoln Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements with special service from the Department of Homeland Security.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Agnew; his daughter, Patrice Swann; his son, John (Michelle) Agnew Jr.; sisters, Ermer Lowe of Upper Marlboro, Md., Emmer Adams of Park Forest, Ill., and Dorothy Mosby of Tupelo; three grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.