Agneta Akerlund Currey

11 June, 193720 October, 2020

Agneta Akerlund Currey

Currey, Agneta Akerlund of Franklin, Tennessee, Wellington, Florida, and Southampton, New York, passed away peacefully on October 20, 2020 surrounded by her family. A native of Boras, Sweden, Mrs. Currey was the daughter of the late Sonja Viola Andren Akerlund and Joel Frans Akerlund. She attended schools in Sweden, France, and England. She started her career at her family’s business, Abecita. Sweden’s largest manufacture of undergarments at the time. While working in New York City in 1960, she met Brownlee O. Currey Jr., an investment banker at Equitable Securities. They married in Boras in May 1961. Mrs. Currey’s passions were her family, horses, and gardening, and she was well known for her elegant entertaining.

She was an active volunteer at the Hampton Classic Horse Show since 1977, a premiere equestrian event in the United States that benefited Southampton Hospital. She chaired the board of directors and cofounded an advisory committee of professional riders and exhibitors to continuously improve the show. As head of the flower committee, she brought color and beauty to the show grounds. A rider since her childhood, Mrs. Currey and her three children trained at Topping Riding Club, one of the oldest riding clubs on Long Island, and she became a talented amateur hunter rider. Mrs Currey was instrumental and the leader in creating the partnership of 1984 Los Angeles Olympic double gold medalist Joe Fargis and his thoroughbred mare Touch Of Class. From 1989 to 1998, she and her late husband hosted the Music City Grand Prix at their farm, River Circle Farm in Franklin, Tennessee, to benefit Easter Seals and Saddle Up! therapeutic horseback riding program. Her survivors include her children, Christian (Kathryn) Currey, Frances Briggs, and Stephanie (John) Ingram; her grandchildren, Brownlee Owen Currey II, Charlotte Kane Currey, Samuel Hamilton Currey, Margaret Hampton Currey, Roger Brownlee Briggs Jr., Christopher Currey Briggs, Peter Hampton Briggs, Oliver Christian Briggs, Alexa Davol Chapman, Christina Currey Chapman, Martha Hampton Ingram, and Lucas Rivers Ingram; and her great-niece, Anna McDonogh. She is preceded in death by her husband, Brownlee O. Currey, Jr.

The family will have a private memorial. Those wishing to honor her memory can make contributions to Currey Ingram Academy; 6544 Murray Lane; Brentwood, TN 37027 or the Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc.; P.O. Box 3013; Bridgehampton, NY 11932.

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Lin Andrews

October 26, 2020

The Amazing Agneta, Sweden's best present to the world! She was beautiful, elegant, and so talented at everything she did. Her joy in living was contagious, and there was more energy, determination, humor and just plain fun packed into that tiny little body than anyone who didn't have the privilege of knowing her could ever imagine. Love you, Agneta. You will be truly missed. ❤️

Martha Jolicoeur

October 26, 2020

Agneta was always the epitome of class, grace and also kindness. Her love of horses, family, and her beautiful flower gardens are legendary.

She was a hostess extraordinaire! I will miss seeing her at the horse shows and around Palm Beach Polo.

My mother remembers the night in NYC when she bumped into Agneta and Brownlee acting like giddy children- Agneta had just become a U.S. citizen and they were celebrating. They all ducked into the Post House and shared a celebratory drink.

Many fond memories.... She will be sincerely missed.

DD Matz

October 26, 2020

A sly sense of humor, elegant taste, determination, and a fierce love of family, friends, and horses always came through with Agneta. I find it hard to believe that she and Brownlee have left us. They certainly made the best of their time on earth and were inspirational to so many of us while they were here. I feel lucky to have known them.

Mary K. Shaughnessy

October 26, 2020

I just learned of the loss of our Wellington neighbor Agneta. When we moved into our house in 2002, we were rather new to the horse world. When I would tell people where we lived, they would always say oh how nice you live next door to the Curreys. I had not met them yet. Agneta and Brownlee were a mystery couple until they so kindly had us to dinner. I admit I was a bit nervous, but of course the warmth of both of them immediately put me at ease. Since that day we enjoyed several dinners there, including meetings of the Hampton Classic. We would wave from our cars passing up and down our street. I consider myself lucky also to have been a guest at their house in Southampton where, once again, Agneta welcomed me warmly in another beautiful setting. Agneta and Brownlee were such a large part of our life in Wellington. I will so miss them both.

Ashley Holzer

October 26, 2020

I have such fond memories of elegant dinners with loving family banter.
Such wonderful evenings where the fun chatter about family, horses and typically Christian’s bad/ hilarious behavior, brought much laughter to everyone!
Mr and Mrs Currey were simply Class personified. Gracious hosts, always generous with their time and a kind word.
They will be deeply missed.

Brenda Black

October 25, 2020

Such fond memories of pond chats about our shared love of animals. Missing her light and laughter. I loved seeing the joy that all of her grandchildren brought to her life and the loving care that each of them had for her. Everyone who had the privilege of knowing her were blessed beyond measure. I will miss her presence forever...
💔 Brenda

Alexandra Dwek

October 25, 2020

Agneta left an indelible mark on my life. I simply adored her. We had many giggles over the years, lots of teasing, and I have so many fond memories spent with her from all the horse shows, skip trips in Aspen, skiing together in Verbier - she was an excellent fearless skier too! - or when my husband and I met her and Brownlee in Paris.
She always had a few dogs in tow or her mean crazy parrot who only seemed to like her!
We spent hours together driving in the car looking for antique shops in out of the way places in Nashville and Palm Beach - she knew them all!
She had exquisite taste and decorating and entertaining were certainly her forte. She did everything without fuss. She was welcoming, gracious and very generous to me.
Other than my own family I cannot think of a dinner table I had more fun being a part of. The playful repartee, banter and laughter between Brownlee and Agneta was infectious and constant.
She was very special to me.

Kim Tudor

October 25, 2020

I met Agneta in 1984 at the Hampton Classic and was immediately struck by her grace and dignity, mixed with a playful sense of humor. Her own remarkable sense of style was casual but always elegant, whether she was tending the gardens at the Hampton Classic or attending a black-tie event. Regretfully, I never took the opportunity to thank Agneta for her influence on me over these past many years; for example, how I now think of decorating a room, presenting a dinner table for guests, or designing a garden landscape, is due in great part to her good influence. I'm including a news article with photos taken of Agneta and I at the Hampton Classic in 1984. The original article had our names transposed under the photos -- I told her it was the highest compliment I could ever be paid, to be mistaken for Agneta Currey. Rest in peace Agneta and Brownlee, together again.


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