Robert “Coach Bobby” Anderson Agee, 79, of Sherwood, Arkansas, gained his heavenly reward on Saturday, July 8, 2023. He was born in Smackover, Arkansas to Hoyt Ella Mae George Agee on March 17, 1944. He grew up with 2 older brothers and from an early age, his entire life was devoted to sports of all kinds. Bobby graduated from Smackover High School, Class of 1962, where he proudly continued to be a supportive alumni. He was a founder of the Don Lambert Sports Hall of Fame at Smackover High School. Bobby attended Henderson State Teachers College on a basketball scholarship but changed to a football scholarship. He was also involved in track and baseball. Bobby earned numerous athletic awards and recognition through his high school and college career. He graduated with a degree in education and after completing his military service, he continued his education and earned a Master’s degree in Education.
Bobby joined the United States Army in July 1967 and was stationed in Panama for several years. He completed Jump School and received the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal during his military career. During this time, he taught at Cristobal High School in Panama where he coached football. After moving back to Arkansas, he remained in the Army Reserves until 1973. He coached at Ridge Road Jr. High School for 1 year before continuing his career at Sylvan Hills High School, where he was the Offensive Coordinator and girls track coach until he retired in 1997. He also taught PE and took pride in his students having the best jumping jack and push up form in the state. For a number of years, he was a Driver’s Ed teacher, where many students (now adults) owe their parallel parking skills to him.
Coach Bobby loved his students and hearing about their achievements over the years. He had a dry sense of humor and was known for nicknaming his students and players. He was equally loved in his community and continues to be fondly remembered by his students, players, coaches, and coworkers. Bobby was the most gentle, kind, and thoughtful man to everyone he came across.
Bobby is survived by his loving wife, Donna, whom they shared 46 years together of a wonderful life; his daughter, Shanon Agee Hum (Jeff) of Sherwood; 2 blended children, Ronnie Vervack Jr. (Andrea) of Maryland and Donnell Becker of Louisiana, whom he loved and raised as his own; grandchildren Brooke Wilkins (Garrett), Brandon Becker, Jacob Hum (Kaleb), Hollyn Hum, Katie Vervack, Hayden Hum (Caroline), Claire Vervack, Brady Becker, and Briley Becker; 3 great-grandchildren Brynne Becker, Blair Wilkins, and Winnie Wilkins; and a host of extended family and friends whom will miss Bobby dearly. He is also survived by Jan Baker, the mother of his daughter Shanon, whom he remained lifelong friends with.
He is preceded in death by his parents, stepfather A.B. Conrad, and brothers Al Agee and Adron Agee. He is also preceded in death by his best friend, Joe Black.
A Celebration of Bobby’s life will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, July 18, 2023 at First Baptist Church, 701 Country Club Rd. Sherwood, Arkansas. A rosary is scheduled for 5:00 PM on Monday, July 17, 2023 at Smith North Little Rock Funeral Home Chapel followed by a visitation from 5:30 – 7:30 PM.
Burial will follow the service at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery at 1:00 PM on Tuesday. The address is 1501 W Maryland Ave., North Little Rock, Arkansas.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Bobby's name to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements are entrusted to Smith North Little Rock Funeral Home, 1921 Main St., North Little Rock, AR 72114. (501) 758-1170. Sign the guestbook at www.smithfamilycares.com.