At that very special booth, a candle flickered inches from the glass of water, its wick nearly burned down to the base. The table was reserved in honor of the late James Larry Agan who passed away Monday night following that afternoon’s storm.
Agan, a patron who frequented the diner religiously each Wednesday morning, was a quiet yet kindhearted staple in the close-knit community of Cave Spring.
Agan, 65, of Cave Spring, died Monday evening at Floyd Medical Center from injuries sustained after a tree fell on his vehicle during Monday’s storm.
Kendra Tigue, a waitress at the diner, remembered Agan’s weekly visits.
“Every Wednesday he would come in here about 7:30 or 8 and wait on his brother Kenneth and his cousin Gene and his daddy to get here at 9,” she said, “They’d meet here and sit here about two or three hours. They liked to joke around a lot.”
Tigue described the Agan she knew as a longtime customer who will be missed. “He loved his red truck,” she said. “He was just real funny and real sweet. He had a big heart.”
He’d never order the same thing at the diner, she said, adding that he liked to change it up. But he was a big fan of the sausage, egg and tomato biscuit.
“He always bought the dollar bags of peppermint candy at the store,” said Christa Grant, who owns the local antique shop, Christa’s, Etc. Grant formerly worked at Dollar General, she said.
“He seemed to like (the peppermint) and usually once a week he would buy that,” she said. “He came in Dollar General quite often.”
She recalled Agan as humble, friendly and a homebody.
“He was just kind of laid back,” she said. “I’d hear him talk about how he liked to work on lawn mowers. He used to do that quite a bit, but in the last few months, I think he’d had some heart problems and had some surgery.”
Tigue also remembered how Agan would work on lawn mowers.
“I guess he’d be sitting inside his storage building, working on stuff,” she said. “He used to do that all the time. It was right up here by the lawn mower shop and he had it set up where he had his tools and stuff and he’s sit inside of it and work on stuff.”
She said the shock of Agan’s sudden death hasn’t yet hit the town.
“I don’t think it’s really set in on anybody yet,” she said. “Everybody in town knows him. I was in shock and I kind of still am. It hasn’t set in.”
Though everyone in town was acquainted with Agan, Grant said he more or less kept to himself.
“He was always nice to everybody, friendly, and it’s been a big loss,” she said. “Because he was kind of so quiet, a lot of people didn’t know him because he didn’t get around town a lot. He kind of kept to himself.”
Though future Wednesdays will pass without Agan sitting in his favorite booth at the Cave Spring Café, Tigue said he will be missed.
“He was sweet, funny, kindhearted,” she said. He had a big heart. He’d do anything for anybody that he could.”
He was born in Rome on Dec. 7, 1947, a son of Jerome Agan, and the late Era Lee Miller Agan. Agan was a member of the Old Nazareth Baptist Church, and prior to retirement, was associated with Floyd College.
Agan was married to the former Linda Sue Ledbetter on May 14, 1966, and was preceded in death by her May 1, 2010. They had five children, 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Agan will be held today at 2 p.m. at Old Nazareth Baptist Church with Rev. Doyle Kerr and the Rev. Derrick Evans officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.