L.C. Agnew, 87, of Abilene, passed away Thursday at his home in Abilene. Visitation will be 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 Hwy 277 South. His funeral service will be 2:00 PM Monday, April 10, 2017 in the Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Russell Ueckert officiating. Interment will follow the service in Elmwood Memorial Park.
L.C., son of Lester and Zilla Agnew, was born outside of Cisco, Tx on September 4th, 1929. He picked up a guitar at age 11 and later became a renowned fiddler. L.C. married Dorothy Lott-Carpenter on November 24th, 1965, and in 1967 he opened the Carpenters Hall where he formed the Dixie Playboys. Several years later in 1974, L.C. opened the Ponderosa Ballroom, now known as Guitars 'n Cadillacs, where he and the Dixie Playboys were the house band, as well as hosting guests such as Ray Price, Jerry Reed, and Asleep at the Wheel among many others. Over the years, L.C. played with many artists such as Johnny Horton, George Jones, Governor Jimmie Davis and Slim Whitman. Due to complications, L.C. sold the Ponderosa in 1994 and retired, but continued to play keyboard at select events around town, including opening a dance hall on F.M. 600 which he named Danceland. He continued to play every chance he had, as long as he was able.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Zilla; brothers, Granville and Benny Lee; and step-son Larry.
L.C. is survived by his wife, Dorothy; brother, Ray; sisters, Marie and Sue; his children, Beverly, Susie and Charles; step-children, Dolores, Bill, Judy and Jay; as well as twenty-one grandchildren and thirty-seven great grandchildren.
Online Condolences and memories may be shared with the family through the obituary link at www.elmwoodfuneral.com
Dorothy, Bill &: Wow what memories L.C. leaves behind!! It has been a long time, but I have thought of you often. My heart, my prayers & my love go out to all of you. I hope the legacy he leaves behind will comfort you in the days ahead. He will certainly be missed. Rest in peace sweet friend.
Roxanne Bennett HelloAbilene, TX
This saddens my heart. Spoke of him only a week ago to a friend. LC grew up with my deceased husband in Cisco and stood as best man at our wedding at the Ponderosa. Max passed in 1998 but never forgot about LC or the Agnew family. Dorothy, I'm thinking of you and you are in my prayers. Same for you Judy.
May he rest in peace, he was a kind, gentle and loving man.
Linda BartonAbilene, TX
Y'all are such a big part of my growing up. Going to the dances with Dad. (He thought so much of L. C.) Running around with Judy, going fishing, listening to L. C. playing the trumpet, Dorothy your stories and just being one of the kids and so much more. I know he is playing a great big dance in Haven and Mom and Dad are scooting around the floor with smiles all around. y'all are in my prayers and memories always. Love Carolyn
Carolyn (Gill) SmithTuscola, TX
"Few people have contributed and promoted "West Texas Music" and "West Texas Musicians" and entertained the Big Country area with "top National and upcoming Country Music Artists" more than this man. Thanks for the "opportunities and inspiration... and the MUSIC", L.C.!!!"
God bless Dorothy and your whole family during the moments and days ahead.
Christopher B. DavidsonAbilene, TX
I danced a many a step at the Ponderosa to Mr. Agnew's music and am so glad I have a lot of good memories from there. My thoughts and condolences go out to the family. You are in my prayers. RIP L.C. Agnew.....
Quita HughesRichardson, TX