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June 3, 2014

Dr. Victor A. Agnello

CULLMAN — Dr. Victor A. Agnello

Dr. Victor A. Agnello, beloved husband, father, brother, and physician, lost his battle to complications of leukemia on Sunday, June 1, 2014, at age 50. He was the founder and CEO of Allergy & Asthma Center of Lake Norman, North Carolina.

The son of an USAF Officer, Dr. Agnello was born on March 31, 1964, in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and lived in many countries throughout his childhood. His father, Col. Anthony Agnello, retired and settled down in Fairfield, California, where Victor graduated from Fairfield High School in 1981. He then hit the road as a drummer for the heavy metal band, Laaz Rockit, for the next seven years, including four world tours. They recorded five albums and one full-length DVD, “Fire in the Hole”, which was shown on the MTV Headbanger’s Ball.

In 2009, Dr. Agnello joined as Laaz Rockit reunited to open for Metalica’s Reunion Tour in Japan. Dr. Agnello’s avid interest in music, and particularly drums, continued throughout his life and he had begun passing the skill on to his daughters. Along the way, Dr. Agnello decided to pursue a career in medicine. Not afraid of hard work, he also worked as a foreman for a lath and plaster construction company to help pay bills while attending college at University California in Davis. There he graduated with high honors in 1993. He attended medical school at George Washington University in Washington D.C., earning his medical degree in 1997.

Dr. Agnello was accepted into the military Internal Medicine Residency program studying at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and graduating in 1998. While in his residency, he made two life changing decisions. He met and married Emily Richard of Cullman, Alabama, in 1999 and he decided to pursue a postgraduate fellowship in allergy-immunology, graduating in 2002. Their first two daughters, Mya and Lauren, were born while he completed his residency and fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He was a board certified physician in both internal medicine and allergy and immunology.

Continuing his active duty Army career, now Major Agnello and his family transferred to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, as Chief of the Allergy-Immunology Clinic at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital from 2002-2006. While at Fort Campbell, daughters, Rachael and Elaina were born. During that assignment, Major Agnello also deployed as battalion surgeon for the 2/327th of the 101st Airborne Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom in Kuwait and Iraq. He was awarded the Meritorious Service and two Army Commendation medals. He resigned his commission from the Army in 2006 and moved his growing family to the Lake Norman area of North Carolina, where he and Emily added Anna, Maria and Brooklynn to the crowd while opening his private practice.

Dr. Agnello was preceded in death by his parents, retired USAF Col. Anthony Agnello and Ernelieb “Sherry” Elsasser Agnello. In addition to his wife, Emily, and seven daughters, Dr. Agnello is survived by his sisters, Marina Agnello of Napa, California, and Angela Miller-Dickson (Richard); son, James (Victor’s godson), of Portland, Oregon; uncles, Mario and George Agnello; aunt, Sarah Agnello; his mother-in-law, JoAnn Richard; and a host of Emily’s siblings, nieces, nephews and extended family.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, at Cavin-Cook Funeral Home, Mooresville, North Carolina, with a rosary service at 6:30 p.m. A mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Therese Catholic Church, Mooresville.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to NSF, c/o Agnello College Fund, 312 North Church Street, Monroe, NC 28112.

Cavin-Cook Funeral Home is serving the Agnello family.

Condolences may be made to the Agnello family at www.cavin-cook.com.

 

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