Robert Anderson Agnew, Sr.

May 22, 1924December 1, 2013
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Robert Anderson Agnew, Sr., passed away Sunday night, December 1, 2013. He was 89 years old. Bob Agnew was a World War II veteran. He served in the Naval Air Corps from 1943 through 1947. After discharge from the Navy he attended Purdue University enrolled in their engineering program and co-oped with Brown and Root Construction Company as a field engineer. He returned to Chattanooga after college and founded R. A. Agnew Construction Company where he contracted commercial and residential construction throughout Tennessee and North Georgia for approximately forty years. Some of his memorable construction sites are Miller Park, First Bank of Dalton, Brainerd Baptist Church, McConnell Elementary School, Hixson High School and Brainerd Manor and Rocky Face Estate Subdivisions. He was very active in civic and environmental efforts, serving in the Association of General Contractors (AGC) and Optimist Club as President. His love and passion was fishing and encouraging a sustainable fishing environment. He was instrumental in establishing Bass Clubs in the state of Tennessee. He was a founder and first president of the Tennessee Bass Federation and Chattanooga Bass Club, the first affiliate of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society. Even at age 89 he was active (and winning tournaments) in both Chattanooga Bass Club and the Hixson Memorial Bass Club. He was also active in sports. He was one of the first members of the Sports Barn and an active racquetball player. He loved golf and at one time had membership in Brainerd and Rivermount Golf Clubs. He was preceded in death by his Mother, Anne Vera Donahoo Agnew; father, Robert G. Agnew, and his brother, James M. Agnew. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Agnew; his sons, Robert Anderson Agnew, Jr., Michael Edward Agnew, Richard DeLay Agnew and his daughters; Donna Ruth Casting and Vera Anne Henry; 9 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11:30AM Thursday at the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, 404 South Moore Road. Burial will be in Chattanooga National Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4-8 PM Wednesday at the funeral home He was a member of First Cumberland Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to First Cumberland Presbyterian Church.


  • Funeral Service Thursday, December 5, 2013

Robert Anderson Agnew, Sr.

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Doug Foster

December 5, 2013

Rick, Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Having experienced it, I know how hard it to lose the man you used to play catch with, taught you right from wrong and was always there for you. Those wonderful memories will always be with you.
Love you brother, Doug and MaryAnne Foster

Brad Dotson

December 5, 2013

Rick, we are so sorry for the loss of your father. I know he meant so much in who you are and what you do. Our hearts and love are with you Brother.

Brad, Kaye, & Natalie

Perry Bates

December 4, 2013

Rick, we love you and are praying that God will comfort you and your family during this time. Also, I thank you for all you have done to enligthen me and my familys life. God Bless! Perry Bates and Family

Tim, Dawn, Brooke & Falon

December 3, 2013

Rick, Rhonda, Andy & Alex,

We are so sorry for your loss. I know your father was a big influence on your lives. The obituary and photos certainly indicate what a full life he lived-- a great example for us all that life is a journey. Our thoughts and prayers are with you—

With love,

The Hensley's

Betsy Parson

December 3, 2013

Rick, I'm sorry to hear about Bob. I first met him in '77 when Tom and I first got together. He has a fun loving man and always a pleasure to be around. I would have never guessed that Tom would leave here first but I'm hoping they're having a happy reunion in Heaven.

Tony Fien

December 3, 2013

Rick, sorry for your loss. Reading it sounds like he lived a full life and left his mark. Served his country also, pretty good. Rest in peace.

Rod and Lisa Davis

December 3, 2013

Rick, Prayers go out to you and your family during this time of loss. Sincerely, Rod and Lisa Davis

sam austin

December 3, 2013

Rick, sorry to hear about your dad. I remember when we thought he had left several years ago, but God gave him and you more time together. I'm sure your thankful, but still sad. I will pray for your family and sorry I won't be able to visit since I will be out of town. Give your family my best.