Psalm 37:18 The LORD knows the days of the upright, and their inheritance shall be forever. Psalm 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his way.
On Jan. 13, 2021, God sent His angels to carry Ralph Milton Ragan to heaven, to dwell there for eternity with Him. Ralph was born March 17, 1947 and departed this life at his home, surrounded by the love and blessing of a large family. He was proceeded in death by his parents, Ellis and Ethel Ragan, his sister, Anna Jane Gregory, his daughter, Julie Rebecca Ragan, and his granddaughter, Mary Grace Ragan.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 52 years, Linda Page Ragan, children, Aaron (Gina) Ragan, Brent (April) Ragan, John (Nicole) Ragan, Cristin (Travis) Joyner, and Ralph (Lauren) Ragan, Jr., as well as grandchildren, David (Katie) Ragan, Abigail Ragan, Tikvah Ragan, Isaac Ragan, Reuben Ragan, Hope (Zack) Hughes, Ellis Ragan, Katie Ragan, Luke Ragan, Calvin Ragan, Julia Ragan, Sye Ragan, Eli Ragan, Ellie Ragan, Ragan Joyner, William Joyner, Jacob Joyner, and Augustus Ragan, and great grandson Wyatt Ragan, in addition to sister Jean (Robert) Abbot, and brother Jack (Susan) Ragan and many cousins, nieces and nephews, sisters and brothers-in-law.
Ralph was a committed follower of Jesus Christ, and his faith was evident in the love and patience he showed to his family and the kindness and compassion that he showed to his community. He was proud to have honorably served in the U.S. Army from Jan. 1971-January, 1973. He was a founding member of Gethsemane Baptist Church, as well as a deacon there, happily giving of his time and resources to serve his church family. From the time his kids were old enough to play sports, he volunteered to coach, pouring knowledge and encouragement into his players. God gave him many talents: woodworking skills, construction savvy, mechanical expertise, a knack for soothing fussy babies, and listening with grace. He sought to store up treasures in heaven, living as a godly example to all of his children and grandchildren and everyone he met. Although we will miss him, we will cherish the legacy he has left us and look forward to our Reunion Day in heaven.
The funeral service will be held 3:00 p.m. Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Gethsemane Baptist Church, 400 Old Airport Rd, Bristol, VA, with Pastor Jerry Russell officiating. The family will receive friends from 2 until 3:00 p.m. prior to the service. A procession will leave Gethsemane Baptist Church at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, January17, 2021 to Mountain View Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by the Tennessee Army National Guard.
Online condolences may be registered at www.weaverfuneralhome.net. Arrangements have been made with Weaver Funeral Home and Cremation Services.