OBITUARY

Richard Gordon Reagan

July 11, 1939August 2, 2018
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Richard Gordon Reagan, 79, of Greeneville, passed away Thursday, August 2, 2018, at his home.

He retired from Philips Consumer Electronics.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and brother.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law: Lynn and Nilda Reagan of Frisco, Texas; a daughter: Jean Reagan of Greeneville; granddaughter and husband: Kelly and David Carrier of Greeneville; a great grandson: Cody Moore of Greeneville; three brothers and sisters-in-law: Paul and Laura Reagan, Norman “Bud” and Elsa Reagan, and Ralph and Suki Reagan; sister: Barbara McGinnis; sisters and brothers-in-law: Marilyn Reagan, Debbie and Floyd Wrightington, Susie Holt, and Alvin Cogburn; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife: Wanda Holt Reagan; parents: Richard and Ruby Reagan; sister, Mary Ann Gregg; brothers: Kenny Reagan and Billy Reagan; and in-laws: Russell Gregg, Kay Cogburn, and Robert Holt.

The family will receive friends 4-8 p.m. Monday at Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel with Rev. John Persley officiating.

Interment will follow in Bewley’s Chapel Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Larry Reagan, Ron Reagan, Josh Morgan, James Walton, Josh Grubbs, Fox Susong, Stone Susong, Mike Gregg, and Mike Collins.

The family extends a special thanks to Quality of Life Clinic with Amedisys.

  • FAMILY

  • Lynn and Nilda Reagan, Son and Daughter-in-law
  • Jean Reagan, Daughter
  • Kelly and David Carrier, Granddaughter and Husband
  • Cody Moore, Great Grandson
  • Paul and Laura Reagan, Brother and Sister-in-law
  • Norman "Bud" and Elsa Reagan, Brother and Sister-in-law
  • Ralph and Suki Reagan, Brother and Sister-in-law
  • Barbara McGinnis, Sister
  • Marilyn Reagan, Sister
  • Debbie and Floyd Wrightington, Sister and Brother-in-law
  • Susie Holt, Sister
  • Alvin Cogburn, Brother-in-law
  • Wanda Holt Reagan, Wife
  • Richard and Ruby Reagan, Parents
  • Mary Ann Gregg, Sister
  • Kenny Reagan, Brother
  • Billy Reagan, Brother
  • Russell Gregg, In-law
  • Kay Cogburn, In-law
  • Robert Holt, In-law
  • He also leaves several nieces and nephews to cherish his memory.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Larry Reagan
  • Ron Reagan
  • Josh Morgan
  • James Walton
  • Josh Grubbs
  • Fox Susong
  • Stone Susong
  • Mike Gregg
  • Mike Collins

Services

  • Visitation Monday, August 6, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, August 7, 2018
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Richard Gordon Reagan

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Rhonda Marshall

August 4, 2018

Jean, Kelly and Lynn,
I was so thankful to have Richard and Wanda in my life. All the childhood memories (especially all us girls tormenting Lynn) and later in life being part of a caregiving team. I have an angel ornament that hangs from my desk that Richard and Wanda gave me that reminds me daily of them. Praise God that they are angels in heaven dancing together and no more pain and sickness! Hope they have ran into Mom and Dad up there. Mom always said you don’t know lonely until both your parents are gone and she was so right. Love and prayers💕🙏

Debbie Elmore

August 4, 2018

I have wonderful memories of Uncle Gordon. From when I was a child. In the last few years I have spent a lot of Sunday afternoons just sitting and talking together. Thank you for making my life better by just having been in it. I will always remember you and my love has no end. See you soon.

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Biography

      Richard Gordon Reagan was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

      Richard was born on July 11, 1939 at home in Greeneville, TN. His parents were Richard and Ruby Reagan. Richard was raised in Orebank and Glenwood Communities, of Greene County, TN. He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.

      Growing up in the Reagan household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Richard was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and he was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. Richard was raised with seven siblings. He had five brothers, Paul, Bud, Kenny, Ralph and Billy, and two sisters, Mary Ann and Barbara. Richard was constantly involved in activities with his brothers and sisters. Richard and his siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Richard was always consistently loyal to his family.

      As a young child, Richard was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. He wasn’t pushy and never forced his way into games or other activities. Richard developed a variety of interests, though, and the things he enjoyed doing he did well. He was always curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. In his spare time he liked to play music especially the mandolin and guitar. As he began to get older he like to tinker with cars. However, what Richard enjoyed most was simply playing and spending time with his many friends.

      While his teachers and even his friends generally thought of Richard as being a serious person, he managed to have a pretty good time in high school as he made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was science. Richard was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using his exceptional memory, he was able to learn much through observation. Richard always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though he could easily master any problem that might be presented to him.

      Always considered to be a solid friend, Richard was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during his life. Since he disliked making generalizations about people and preferred to draw his own conclusions based on direct observation, Richard was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew him. He was committed to his friends and valued the trust he placed in them. It was not uncommon for Richard to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends frequently sought him out for advice because he had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma. Later in life he was friends with Johnny Shipley, Buford Davis, Bill McClain, Buzz Collins, and Gilbert Tweed.

       Compassionate and devoted to Wanda, Richard held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. He took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it his total commitment. He was a source of strength to Wanda and using his gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, he worked hard to make his new family happy.

      Richard brought the same traditional values in his marriage to bear on how he raised his children. He was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in his dealings. He would always listen carefully and think things through before he acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Richard was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. Richard was blessed with two children, a son, Lynn and a daughter Jean. They were also blessed with two grandchildren, grandaughter, Kelly, and great grandson, Cody.

      Richard greatly enjoyed what he did for a living. He was a hard worker who expected the same in return from his co-workers. He was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Richard enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Richard was excellent at meeting deadlines. He was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. He was a collator and bindery operator in a printing shop. He was employed for more than 25 years at Phillips Consumer Electronics. Richard worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Richard was a US Army veteran. He had tours of duty in Italy and Fort Rucker, Alabama. A literal thinker who possessed a calm exterior, Richard seemed to enjoy the routines set forth by the military. His results-oriented approach to things made him committed to the job, and he understood well his role in serving his country.

      Richard liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into his hobbies, where he was very methodical in how he organized his activities and categorized things. Since he enjoyed his private time, Richard always tried to allocate a specific time for working on his hobbies. He enjoyed, photography, working on and trading cars, cutting the grass on his riding lawn mower, and most all playing music on guitars, mandolins and especially banjos. Richard was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Richard found pleasure in sports. Being a person who was comfortable making win/lose decisions throughout life, he could appreciate that athletes made those types of decisions in sports. He applauded those who won, and he enjoyed the statistical data and sports facts and could find himself wrapped up in those details. He would watch his favorite sporting events whenever he got the opportunity. NFL and College Football, Major League Baseball, Women's College Basketball and NASCAR.

      As a man who always showed great commitment to the things he believed in, it’s little wonder that Richard was so active in his community. Being practical and mentally disciplined, Richard preferred to base his decisions on first-hand experiences. Richard was never afraid to roll up his sleeves and dig right in. He was a supporter of the Democratic Party.

      Richard was a man who was dedicated and devoted to his faith. He was a member of the Seven Day Adventist Church for 7 years. He was a sympathetic man who valued his beliefs and was willing to work tirelessly for them.

      Richard enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. Since he was an early starter and had a knack for planning everything, traveling with Richard appeared effortless. He enjoyed researching all of his examined options and applying cost-effective planning techniques. Plus, no matter where he traveled, Richard always had a back up plan at the ready, just in case. He loved to go to Myrtle Beach, SC. He also had a memorable trip to Disney World with his wife Wanda for their 40th Wedding Anniversary. He also liked to visit his son and daughter in law, Lynn and Nilda in Texas. He also had a memorable trip to the Amerian West with his wife Wanda. He also liked visiting his brothers in Illinois.

      When Richard’s retirement finally arrived in 1998, he was well prepared. He always trusted and placed value in what was logical and in the things he knew, so he was very confident in planning his retirement. He had begun the process early and had his retirement all laid out well in advance. In his home city and state of Greeneville,TN. Even in retirement, Richard continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in his new community and felt fulfilled.

      Richard Gordon Reagan passed away on August 2, 2018 at his home in Greeneville, TN. He passed away after a brave battle with cancer. He is survived by his children, Lynn and Jean, daughter-in-law, Nilda, grandchildren, Kelly and Cody, grandson-in-law, David, brothers, Paul, Bud, and Ralph, and sister Barbara. Services were held at Kiser Rose Hill Funeral Home in Greeneville, TN. Richard was laid to rest beside his wife Wanda in Bewleys Chapel Cemetery, Moshiem TN.

      Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Richard Gordon Reagan. He was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around him. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.