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Whitten Monelison Chapel

OBITUARIO

John Donald Ragland

25 noviembre , 193723 septiembre , 2020
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The Reverend John Donald Ragland, 82, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and pastor, was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.

John was raised by his loving grandparents, Herbert and Mary Morcom in Madison Heights. He was greatly influenced by friends at Madison Heights Baptist Church growing up and there received his calling into the pastorate. He was later honored to serve there as interim pastor.

John graduated from Madison Heights High School in 1955. After serving in the Marines, he went on to attend Bluefield College, Lynchburg College, and Southeastern Baptist Seminary. John’s life was one of service. He served his country in the Marines and as Naval Chaplain during the Vietnam War. He served God and many churches in Virginia and North Carolina as pastor, retiring from Hull’s Memorial Baptist Church in Falmouth, VA. He also found great joy in serving as a relief Chaplain at Centra Health.

John had a great love for people and was known for his joke telling and funny sense of humor. He loved playing golf and was proud of his two holes in one. He was a devoted husband to Loretta and a beloved father, grandfather, and friend.

He was preceded in death by his son, Donald M. Ragland; his parents, George and Muriel Ragland; three brothers, George Ragland, Jr., Charles Ragland and Wayne Ragland; two sisters, Betty Hall and Mary Walton and his granddaughter-in-law Jessica Murdock.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Loretta Ragland; his daughter, Teresa R. Murdock and husband Mark of Forest; three grandchildren, Justin Murdock (Julie), Leann Ragland, and Kara Harrison (Joshua) and eight great grandchildren and his former daughter-in-law, Laura Ragland Pontbriand.

A service celebrating his life will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 26, 2020 at Whitten Monelison Chapel with Pastor Todd Blake officiating. The service will be available to view live at www.facebook.com\whittenfuneralhome

Interment will follow in Fort Hill Memorial Park with military honors by the US Marine Corps.

The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service. Masks are required by all in attendance.

Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider Madison Heights Baptist Church or the American Cancer Society.

  • FAMILIA

  • Loretta Ragland, Wife of 60 years
  • Teresa R. Murdock, Daughter
  • Mark Murdock, Son-in-law
  • Donald M. Ragland, Son (deceased)
  • Justin Murdock (Julie), Grandson
  • Leann Ragland, Granddaughter
  • Kara Harrison (Joshua), Granddaughter
  • George Ragland, Jr., Brother (deceased)
  • Charles Ragland, Brother (deceased)
  • Wayne Ragland, Brother (deceased)
  • Betty Hall, Sister (deceased)
  • Mary Walton, Sister (deceased)

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Servicios

  • Visitation prior to service

    sábado, 26 septiembre , 2020

  • Celebration of Life

    sábado, 26 septiembre , 2020

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Chris Barnett

28 septiembre , 2020

You will never know what a large part of my life you were. From the times spent helping you in your garden to the many golf games we played together. You married me to the love of my life and guided me through my teenage and early adult years. Thank you for all you did to help me become who I am today. I could not have asked for a better pastor!

Jessi C

27 septiembre , 2020

Rev. Ragland was the interim pastor at Sandusky Baptist for a while when I was a teenager. I always remember sitting in church, listening to his sermon and how touched I always was by them. They were a beautiful blend of humor and love that I've yet to hear again. Christians are meant to shine God's light, and there's no doubt he glowed brightly. I am so sorry to hear of his passing, but I know he is happy to be at God's side, looking down on his friends and family.

Joella Bryant

26 septiembre , 2020

Dear Loretta and family,
We were so sadden to learn of John's passing. Have wonderful memories of when John married us in Lynchburg 36 years ago.
Our prayers are with you and your family at this time. I know John was welcomed into heaven with open arms.
God Bless,
Joella & John Bryant

Louis Gallaher

26 septiembre , 2020

Pastor Ragland was the pastor of Sandusky Baptist Church for several years and we found him to be a true man of God. He led us with his love of Christ, his compassion, and his concern for his "flock." His sermons were always worth hearing, as he used Scripture fused with life lessons and "down-home southern humor" to teach us God's Word. Pam, Christopher, and I have missed him since he left our church, and now that he has passed, we will miss him more as the world will be an emptier place without his presence. I'm confident that immediately after his passing, he joined his Savior in Heaven. Rest in peace, Pastor Ragland.

Michael Martin

24 septiembre , 2020

Reverend John D Ragland was a Great Pastor , a Great Preacher , a Great Minister and a Great Friend to all whose life he touched. I thank my Lord regularly for the time I had with him on this Earth. He enriched my life and my Christianity for that I am Grateful. I know Heaven has gained a faithful servant and the Earth has lost one. My Prayers are that John lives on in each of us that knew him.
Loretta , Teresa and Family our thoughts and Prayers are with you at this time. May God comfort you in his memories .

Mike and Mary Martin

Barbara Loving

24 septiembre , 2020

Sincere sympathy to John's family wife Loretta and family. John was a good man always polite and ready to help. He is in the arm's of Jesus now with his beloved mother Muriel and other family. John is having the time of his life and waiting for the rest of his family to join him. Pray that God will give Loretta peace until the time she will join him. Pray that God will be with his children, grandchildren and the rest of his family.

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