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Bill Agee: Former bank president reflects on his 95 years

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Bill Agee, retired National Bank of Newport (now Tennessee) president, will
celebrate his 95th birthday on Tuesday, Sept. 10.
Published: 10:39 PM, 09/06/2013 Last updated: 10:40 PM, 09/06/2013
 

Author: Duay O'Neil
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-Bill Agee will turn 95 years old on Tuesday with an intact memory of nearly a century of living and working in Newport.

He was actually born in Lenoir City, where his father, William C. Agee, a native of Christiansburg, Virginia, worked for the "car works" on the railroad.

The senior Agee had come to Newport with the railroad and met Dora Lee Stuart, one of Newport's early telephone operators, whose switchboard was over Smith (now Wilson SavMor) Drugstore on the corner of McMahan Avenue and Main Street.

The couple had three children: Imogene, Bill, and Katherine.

Mrs. Agee died following Katherine's birth and the family returned to Newport. Young Bill was four years old, and the year was 1922.

They lived with Dora's parents, Isaac and Dora Stuart, in the second hours from the corner of Cosby Highway and Main Street-behind today's Walgreens and Long John Silver.

For more details, please see the weekend edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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