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Joseph Douglas Agonofski, known as “Mr. A” to many Savannah students now in their 20’s and 30’s, died at home with his little dog Phoebe by his side.

Joe loved the work he performed, be it teaching in the classroom or guiding students along the trails of Oatland Island. Even in retirement, Joe would receive calls from past students in distress seeking his words of support.

As an artist, Joe created beauty and mystery in in his paintings. Oils and water colors were his favorite media and he would often work and rework his art for weeks until his message was spoken through its colors, shadows and textures.

Joe was a proud son of Savannah and regularly regaled his friends with tales of the revival of the Historic District and the “truth” about the many characters of those early days. He never said no to a request to share these tales just one more time.

He is survived by the family of his sister Ann Stumpf of Savannah and the family of Tony Agonofski, deceased, also of Savannah. He is already missed by his dear friends and especially the children and grandchildren of his closest friends who knew him lovingly as “Uncle Joe”.

A memorial service will be held Saturday afternoon, June 13, 2015, at 4 o’clock at Thompson Park, directly across the street from the Thunderbolt Town Hall. Family and friends are invited to remember Joe and to toast his life. Guests are asked to gather approximately 20 minutes prior to the memorial and are invited to gather afterwards to share a meal and stories of our beloved friend.

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  1. Ann says:

    I’m so sorry you were alone w/Phoebe, your little love. There is comfort in knowing you are at peace. No more suffering from your illnesses. I pray you are in a happy place; and maybe seeing, Ladybug. Kenlie said today she has always been sad about Ladybug, because you would let her play with her and they would jump and play and you would laugh out loud. You, Tony, I and Kenlie in yard sitting in shade. What family we have left, called today to say they hoped you are in a happy place. You were fortunate to have your closest friend, Ed D. because he loved you and was always there. His children all called you, Uncle Joe and you looked forward to their visits to Sav. You loved your friends and their families and were so fortunate to have them. We had very little family, and we tried to be there for you over the years thru good times and bad. You were loved by many and that is a wonderful accomplishment!

  2. Ann says:

    There is comfort in knowing you are at peace. No more suffering. Kenlie said today, she loved you & loved playing w/Ladybug. They would play & you would lol in my yard, along with Tony &me. The little family left, called about you. God also Blessed you with a great friend & his kids; and a big cirlcle of true friends. Be @ peace my Brother!

  3. Walter Boston says:

    Joe was such a kind person, and was loved by everyone he met. I feel very honored to have known him.

  4. Jeff Whatley says:

    Mr. A (aka Mr. Wonderful) was a very nice man and a great teacher that drove the Blue Goose. He was always understanding, helpful, and very firm when he needed to be when teaching classes. I was fortunate enough to have him as my 5th and 6th grade teacher. Prayers of Peace and Love to Mr. A and his family.

  5. Joseph Hill says:

    I was a student of Mr. A in 1980-81 at Tomkins Elementary school . He was very connected to his class , he showed a genuine concern for each student , I remember he rode his bike too school , he talked about a 7 course meal , he talked about art . Of my many teachers Mr.A was the coolest in many different ways He taught me to think out side the box and dare to be different . I thought a lot of Mr. A .I would have liked to have known him out side of school .Thank you Mr .A …….

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