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William Hugh Agee

Agee, William Hugh SARATOGA SPRINGS William Hugh Agee passed away on Sunday, March 13, 2011 after a long illness. Born in Petersburg, Va., he was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Herman Douglas Agee. He was predeceased by his brothers, Emmett Agee and Bruce Agee; and his sister, Mildred Agee. Hugh served in the United States Air Force from 1954-1956, and was stationed at Tachikawa Air Base in Japan. He graduated from Petersburg High School and earned BA and MA degrees from East Carolina University before completing his Ph.D in English, at Florida State University in 1966. During his teaching career, Hugh served as director of freshman English at Western Kentucky University before taking a position at the University of Georgia, in the department of language education, where he taught literature and poetry and mentored student teachers for 29 years before retiring in 1998 as professor emeritus. While residing in Athens, Ga., Hugh was an active member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, where he served on the vestry and as a lay reader. After moving to Saratoga Springs, he became a member of Bethesda Episcopal Church where he also served as a lay reader. He was passionate about teaching and writing, and published numerous professional articles as well as a short story about baseball, his favorite sport. Hugh was loved greatly by his family for his warmth and generosity. He is survived by his wife, Jane Murray Agee; his four children, Elizabeth Saye and William Agee, Jr., of Cordele, Ga., John Agee of Gardiner, Maine, and Natalie Gibbon of Charlotte, N.C.; his sister Nancy Lewis of Petersburg, Va.; his grandson Ryan Saye of LaGrange, Georgia; and several nephews. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 17, 2011 at Bethesda Episcopal Church , 41 Washington St., Saratoga Springs. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the department of language and literacy education, c/o UGA Gift Accounting-Office of Development, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-5582 or to Bethesda Episcopal Church, 41 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes of 628 North Broadway (584-5373). Online remembrances may be made at burkefuneralhome.com

Published in Albany Times Union on Mar. 15, 2011
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