Mr. James 'Agee' Kelly

  • Born: May 18, 1935
  • Died: February 22, 2009
  • Location: Homewood, Alabama

Rockco Funeral Home

3715 Highway 25 South
Montevallo, AL 35115
Tel. (205) 665-2135

Tribute & Message From The Family

Kelly, James Agee passed away February 22, 2009 at the age of 73 after a lengthy illness. Throughout his life on earth, Agee was a dedicated and loving husband, father, grandpa, brother, uncle and friend, displaying a loving and gentle spirit to those around him.

Born in 1935, the son of James Patrick Kelly and Maggie Lou Burge Kelly, Agee spent most of his life in
Montevallo. Upon graduating from The University of Alabama in 1957 where, among other things he served as Treasurer of Kappa Alpha Order, Agee was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army and married Ann Kimbrough two weeks later. After serving at Ft. Bliss in El Paso, Texas, and at the Nike Missile Site in Westport, Connecticut where he advanced to 1st Lieutenant, Agee returned to Montevallo in 1959 and began a long and distinguished career in banking at Merchants and Planters Bank, where his parents had worked since 1933.

In 1962, Agee became the President of Merchants and Planters Bank, a position that he held until 1992 when he became the Chairman of the Board until his retirement in 1998. As a member of the Alabama Bankers Association, Agee served on a variety of committees and was recognized as the Outstanding Group Chairman in 1977. His human touch contributed greatly to his success as a banker and was felt extensively in his community and church.

Agee served on the Montevallo City Council from 1962 to 1972, was mayor pro-tem for four of those years, and served as Chairman of the Industrial Development Board of the City of Montevallo. Agee also held membership and leadership positions in the Rotary Club, Montevallo Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scouts of America, the University of Montevallo Foundation Board of Directors, the Montevallo Golf Club, the University of Montevallo Falcon Club, and the Shelby County Economic Development Council. He was honored as Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the Montevallo Chamber of Commerce in 1984, was inducted into the University of Montevallo Sports Hall of Fame in 1993, was honored with the University of Montevallo Good Neighbor Award in 1993, and was named Rotarian of the Year in 2007.

As a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church of Montevallo, Agee served as Chairman of the Board, Trustees, Finance Committee, Pastor/Parish Relations Committee, and Lay Leader. He also served on the Board of Trustees and Board of Pensions Committee for the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Agee is survived by Ann, his wife of over 51 years, daughter Karen Kelly, son Jim and daughter-in-law Janice, and granddaughters Lindsey and Elizabeth, all of Birmingham; his brother, Pat Kelly of Montevallo; nephew, Patrick Kelly and family of Nashville, Tennessee; and devoted caregivers and friends.

Rev. Bill Brown and Rev. Buddy Freeman officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the First United Methodist Church of Montevallo, the University of Montevallo Foundation, or the Parnell Memorial Library Foundation in Montevallo.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Mr. Kelly along with Anne were dear friends
of both my parents my entire life! My Daddy
was very proud to serve on the Merchants and
Planters' bank board with Mr. Kelly and was in many other organizations with him as well. I was very sorry to hear about his death and wish I could have been there for the funeral service to pay my respects to Anne and family. Laurie Gene Orr

Posted by Laurie Gene Orr - New York, NY   March 04, 2009

The Kellys were a huge part of my youth, remembered every time I touch the savings account book Mr. and Mrs. Kelly prepared so kindly when I deposited a whole birthday dollar to start a good habit. Agee and Pat were just young enough to be friends but not playmates. To Agee's loved ones: I know there is nothing I can say or do that would adequately compensate for your loss. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by James Lamar Appleton, Jr. - Mountain Ranch, CA   February 25, 2009

I'm sorry for your loss. I appreciate the time I had as a bank employee.

Posted by Charlene Garrett - Alabaster, AL   February 25, 2009


Posted by Shirley Cunningham DuBose - Montevallo, AL   February 24, 2009

i really enjoyed playing golf with you.Your leadership at the golf club is missed.

Posted by Aubrey Arnett - Alabaster, AL   February 24, 2009