John Agie Killebrew

February 4, 1927 – November 23, 2022

John Agie Killebrew received his heavenly promotion on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born in Cooksville, MS on February 4, 1927, to John Robert and Sally Doris Holladay Killebrew. He spent his early years there in Cooksville and Goodman, MS. John graduated from Mississippi State University in 1948 with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Administration and a master’s degree in Extension Education in 1975. He was a member of Alpha Leta, phi Kappa phi, Gamma Sigma Delta, and Epsilon Sigma phi fraternities. He was employed as an Institutional-on-Form Instructor at Holmes Agricultural High School in Goodman, from July of 1948 through January of 1951. He then became Assistant County Agent for Grenada from February of 1951 through December of the same year, before becoming Assistant County Agent for Sunflower County in January of 1952, where he served until December 31, 1955. After leaving Sunflower County, he became County Agent for Montgomery County until April 30, 1983.

John received many awards during his tenure with the Extension Service including: the USDA Superior Service Award in 1973, the Distinguished Service Award for the National County Agents Association in 1968, the Environment Quality Recognition Program Award, National Winner in Publicity in 1975, the Keep America Beautiful Award in 1972, and the National Agricultural Achievement Award in 1974. He was affiliated with numerous profession and civic organizations, as well as a long-time columnist for the Winona Times.

After retirement, John enjoyed playing golf, doing community service, and spending time with his family and three grandsons. He was an active member of Moore Memorial United Methodist Church, serving on the Board of Directors, Committees, and the Mildred Fondren Sunday School Class.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Davis Killebrew; sister, Mildred Holman; and brother, Jerry H. Killebrew. He is survived by his daughter, Angela K. Newlin; son, Dave Killebrew (Margaret); three grandsons, John Nolan Killebrew (Alison), Clayton May Killebrew (Reba), and William Davis Wyatt Newlin; two sisters, Nancy Lowe and Shirley Revill (Sam); sister-in-law, Sara Killebrew; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 29, at Goodman United Methodist Church with burial following in Hillcrest Cemetery in Goodman. There will be no graveside service. Rev. Ed McDaniel will officiate the service. Pallbearers will be John Nolan Killebrew, Clayton Killebrew, William Davis Newlin, Robert Killebrew, Jack Holman, John Lowe, and David Revill.

Visitation will be Tuesday, November 29, from 1:00 p.m. until service time at the church.

The family request that memorials be made to the Moore Memorial United Methodist Church Family Life Center or to French Camp Academy, One Fine Place, French Camp, MS 39745.

12 thoughts on “John Agie Killebrew

  1. John and Martha were dear friends. I will miss him, but so glad they are together again in the presence of our Lord.

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  2. To the Killebrew Family, We send our sympathy and love! Martha & I worked together for many years at
    WPSchool. Mr. John fixed us up with a number of water filters. Every time we moved he was one of the
    first friends we called about putting a filter in at our new home. We were always proud to recommend him when our friends and family members in Ackerman needed filters! We will miss him greatly!
    Ben & Linda Tharp

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  3. Mr. John and Ms. Martha were wonderful friends to all of the Mills family. He was super co-worker . He was planning on coming home and took the route to his heavenly home to unite with his love of his life. Many farmers will remember his service to agriculture.

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  4. So thankful for Mr. John Killebrew. He has been a wonderful friend to our family for many years.
    He is a shining example of the quality and character of the people of the Mississippi Cooperative Extention Service.

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  5. Mr John was a very sweet person. Such a pleasure to talk to and visit with. I am so sorry to of his passing he will truly be missed.

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    1. Angie and John, I have known your mother and daddy since I was a little kid. Your dad and my dad worked in the same office building for many years. They were good friends. Your mother taught me one year in high school. They were two of the nicest people that I have ever know. I was always so happy to run into one or both of them. Have missed seeing them in later years. They are truly an example of Christian people living their beliefs. You had such wonderful parents. So sorry thatvthey are gone. Praying for your family.

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  6. Words are inadequate to express my feeling of John and Martha Killebrew! I can’t think of one without the other. John was a dear friend to my late husband, David Brower. John and David had many bird hunting trips and when John couldn’t go he was always happy for David to hunt on his property. John and Martha were faithful members of our church, Moore Memorial. They were faithful to the end of their lives with prayers and tithes. We will miss them.

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  7. I took care of Mr. Killebrew at Traceway at the Mitchell Center. He was a kind man and he loved me dearly as I did him as well. He was so happy when he found out about me getting married. I enjoyed him being with us at the mitchell center. He was so friendly and he never met a stranger. He will truly be missed.

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