|Birth: ||Jul. 12, 1921|
|Death: ||Jun. 15, 2001|
Source: Daily Ardmoreite
•• Services for Johnnie Pearl Gentry Agers were at 11 a.m. today, June 21, 2001, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Willie Range officiating. Interment was at Clearview Cemetery.
Sunrise, July 12, 1921; Sunset, June 15, 2001.
The Lord called Johnnie Pearl Gentry Agers, one of his sweetest flowers, home to rest. Born July 12, 1921, at Cleburne, Texas, to the Rev. J.B. Gentry, her father, who at different intervals pastored Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Macedonia Baptist Church and Corinth Baptist Church in Ardmore, Okla., and First Baptist Church of Chickasha, and Madie Gentry, her mother, a school teacher who at one time taught the Rev. C.M. Franks. Both preceded her in death. One sister, Phelan Gentry Chapel, who also preceded her in death and one brother, Henry Gentry, of Ardmore.
The Gentry family moved from Cleburne, Texas, to Ardmore, Okla. At the early age of three, Johnnie P. Gentry began to sing for the Lord. Johnnie P. Agers is known for her lovely soprano voice throughout the Carter County area where she was called upon to administer through song for civic groups, churches and various social affairs. The Chickasaw District called upon her many years to administer in song before her health became frail.
Mrs. Johnnie Pearl Agers was named after Mrs. Johnnie Pearl Coffey of Chickasha, Okla., who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Johnnie Pearl Gentry Agers was a member of Corinth Baptist Church for 62 years. She has the longest membership than any other member of Corinth Baptist Church. Mrs. Agers served in many facets of the church over the years, including financial secretary, president of WMU, president of lead soloist of the choir, Youth Director and member of the choir for 62 years.
She was a member of the Classique Club for 60 years and served as secretary for 40 years. A member of the Ladies of Action for 54 years, she served as secretary for 29 years, and currently served as assistant secretary.
She worked for the OSU Extension Nutrition Center teaching young families how to prepare nutritious meals for a number of years. Mrs. Agers was also a Girl Scouts leader for many years and taught many young girls to have self-esteem and be leaders.
Mrs. Agers was a volunteer for voter registration. She encouraged all to register to vote and ensure that they registered and voted by transporting anyone and everyone that wanted to vote. She also served as a judge at the voting poll.
Mrs. Agers was president of the Senior Citizens Club for the H.F.V. Wilson Community Center for a number of years until her health began to fail. At present, she was serving as vice president.
She was united in holy matrimony to Stanley Ulyssess Agers I, who was the proud owner of the Agers Plumbing Company, one of the oldest black businesses in the City of Ardmore, Okla. He preceded her in death. To this union 10 children were born, one daughter, Bessie Mae Agers, and three sons, Stanley Ulyssess Agers II, Donald Ward Agers and Raymond Dale Agers, who preceded her in death; and six daughters, Joann Bratcher, St. Louis, Mo., Jeanette Hutchinson, Ph.D., Grambling, La., Evelyn Hornbeak, Phyllis Wells and Virginia Smith, all of Ardmore, and Robert Williams of Stroud, Okla.
Even though Mrs. Agers birthed 10 children, she considers all children of the community her children. A humble and free-spirited person, Johnnie P. Agers helped anyone she could whenever she found them in need and she always had an encouraging word for the weary and lonely or lost souls. The song, "If I Can Help Somebody As I Travel On, Then My Living Shall Not Be In Vain," simply spoken, exemplifies her life.
She is also survived by one brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Andrew Joseph and Lula Mae Brooks of Oklahoma City, and Evelyn Gentry of Ardmore; daughters-in-law, Marilyn Agers and Lou Von Agers of Ardmore; sons-in-law, Frank Bratcher, St. Louis, Mo., and James Hornbeak of Ardmore; 19 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
A scholarship fund has been set up at Citizen's National Bank in the name of Cynthia Posey for Johnnie Pearl Agers Scholarship Fund.
Bearers were Cardelle Hornbeack, Eric McGee, Terry Agers, Ricky Agers, Daryl Moore, James Rushing, Carlos Well and Michael Richard. Honorary bearers are Men in Black. Flower girls were Latryce Fuller, Tori Agers, Angela Moore, Jessica Patton, Maked Agers and Lela Agers. Honorary flower girls are Ladies of Action and Classic Club members.
Ragsdale-Grant and Sons Mortuary directed services.
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Record added: Feb 18, 2008
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