OBITUARY

Waymon Eugene Ragan

July 14, 1931March 4, 2019
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Waymon Eugene Ragan, 87, of Marietta, left this earth and met his Savior, Jesus Christ, on March 4, 2019.

Born July 14, 1931, in southwest Atlanta, Waymon grew up with his parents, grandmother, and three siblings. He met his sweetheart, BeNette Coop, when she was fourteen and he eighteen. Waymon and BeNette wed on June 19, 1954 and were blessed with a loving marriage of nearly 65 years. Their partnership is an example of unconditional love and sacrifice.

Waymon graduated from Georgia Tech in 1954 with a Mechanical Engineering degree and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U. S. Air Force. An avid Tech fan, he held season football tickets for 55 years and basketball tickets for 35 years, and for 64 consecutive years, he contributed to the GT Alumni Association.

Obtaining the rank of Captain, Waymon was an Air Force pilot responsible for military personnel transport. He participated in Operation Safe Haven Hungarian Airlift, evacuating more than 10,000 refugees as the Soviets suppressed the Hungarian Revolution against communism. He was hand-picked by a top general to be his personal pilot during the Cold War for a global diplomatic tour.

In the ‘50s and ‘60s, Waymon served as Past Master of Piedmont Lodge No. 447, Past High Priest of Mt. Zion Chapter #16, Past Illustrious Master of Jason Burr Council #13, and Past Commander of Coeur De Lion Commandery No. 4. He was a lifetime member of Yaarab Temple Shriners International.

In 1964, Waymon and his brother, Charles, took over their father’s plumbing business. Together they grew Ragan Mechanical Contractors into a thriving company. In 1987, Waymon and his son, Wayne, launched Ragan Enterprises. Today it is run by Wayne, daughter Lori, and grandson Corey. Waymon never retired. His last day in the office was four weeks ago.

Waymon would not want these accolades or for you to know how he continually served the local church and lived a life of outrageous generosity. He’d rather you celebrate his relationship with God, which always impacted everyone around him, and for you to see his love for his family.

Waymon joyously awaits the arrival of his wife, BeNette; his sister, Dorothy Cook; his daughter, Lori Ragan Harkey (Robert), and his sons, Wayne Ragan and Larry Ragan (Karen); his grandchildren, Cathryn Maxey (Tim), Ryan Harrelson, Corey Ragan (Tara), Ben Ragan, Luke Ragan, and Cameron Ragan; and his great-grandchildren, Peyton Maxey, McKenzie Maxey, Aidan Harrelson, Matthew Harrelson, and Caleb Ragan.

Waymon’s final words to you are: “Go, Jackets!”

Visitation will be held March 6, 2019, from 5:00–8:00 PM at HM Patterson and Son Canton Hill Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life Service will be March 7, 2019, at 1:00 PM at Eastside Baptist Church, 2450 Lower Roswell Rd., Marietta, GA 30068.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the W. E. Ragan Memorial Fund for both the Waymon Caleb Ragan Spinal Muscular Atrophy Care Fund and CULTURELink International Ministries (WERaganMemorialFund.com or by check to W. E. Ragan Memorial Fund, PO Box 6623, Marietta, GA, 30065).

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, March 6, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 7, 2019
  • Committal Service Thursday, March 7, 2019
REMEMBERING

Waymon Eugene Ragan

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Terri Hughes Vincelette

March 11, 2019

Waymon was one of the kindest men I’ve ever known. I loved his sense of humor also! I stayed in Waymon and BeNette’s home many times over a decade and I was always welcomed with a smile from Waymon, A hug, and not a complaint if I was interrupting him watching a game on TV. He would stop all he was doing and asked me how I was doing. He was a gentle soul. He was very hard-working and most of all he was a family man. I Love the Ragan family in my heart and prayers and condolences go out to you, BeNette, my dear friend Larry and his wife Karen, Luke and Cameron and all of the rest of the wonderful Ragan family! I didn’t know or I would have been there to celebrate with you! My love and my prayers are with you all as you adjust to life on this earth without dear Waymon. Thank God for Jesus and his resurrection and the hope we have! Condolences from my husband Gary who was able to meet dear Waymon.

Joe and Janice Curbow

March 6, 2019

Wonderful and Honest man. My boss for many years. Sending prayers for his family and loved ones for comforting through this difficult time. Keep his memory close to your heart and his legacy will forever be.

Shari Kopplin

March 6, 2019

At times like these we realize how precious life is and how important it is to make the most of every day. Mr. Ragan was one who did that for sure. May you all be comforted by the memories you share and find joy in the times together. I hope too that you feel the peace and comfort of our Heavenly Father Jehovahas promised at 2 Cor. 1:3,4. Again my sympathies....

Elaine Moore

March 6, 2019

To all the Ragans, we extend our prayers and love during this difficult time. We will be forever grateful to Waymon and BeNette for "adopting" our daughter when we were sent to California to work. Your loving example of Christian love was beyond measure. Waymon was the man who always lived His Christian faith through the love and kindness he exhibited.
We are so thankful to have know this very special man.
Love,
Elaine and Doug Moore

Michael Eckert

March 6, 2019

May God bless the Ragan family and the extended Ragan Enterprises family. Any time I was with Waymon in the office, he made me feel welcome; made me feel like family. I loved talking about Georgia Tech with him. Waymon will be missed by so many! GO JACKETS!

Ray Malcolm

March 5, 2019

My dear friend,
No matter how busy you were, you always stopped what you were doing and took the time to talk with me.
I appreciate and will always cherish that time. Thank you for your wisdom, your kindness and your friendship and for being a great mentor. You will be missed, but we will meet again my friend this I know for you also always shared your faith with me.

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