OBITUARY

Andrew Walter Ragan

June 26, 1950March 2, 2021
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Reverend Andrew Walter Ragan, 70, of McDonough, Georgia, passed away on March 2, 2021 after a series of heart problems. Andrew was born on June 26, 1950 in Bradenton, Florida. His mother was Doris Virginia Ragan and his father was Arthur “Buddy” Leroy Ragan. Andrew was the second oldest of five children, and his family moved from Florida to Forest Park, Georgia in 1955. He graduated from Forest Park High School in 1968, and earned an Associate in Arts degree in psychology at DeKalb College in 1971 while working for Sears, Roebuck and Co. He married Daisy Elizabeth Joyce in 1973, and they had two sons, Robert Andrew Ragan and Christopher Arthur Ragan. As a young father, Andrew enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing in his band called “Him and All of Us,” riding his bike, and running (he ran the Peachtree Road Race twice). He worked for the United States Postal Service as a mailman while attending seminary at night. He started in the ministry as a youth pastor in Clayton County, Georgia at Conley Baptist Church, Calvary Baptist Church, and Second Baptist Forest Park. As a youth pastor he enjoyed writing and collaborating to create original songs and plays for the youth to perform. He was ordained into the ministry in 1981 and graduated with an Associate of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1984. Andrew accepted his first full-time position as a pastor at Sharon Baptist Church in Ola, Georgia, and he served the congregation there for five years. During his time at Sharon Baptist he published a book called “A Case of Casual Christianity”. He was the founding pastor of Eastside Baptist Church on Keys Ferry Road in Ola, Georgia, and he served the congregation there for 20 years. In his retirement, Andrew enjoyed gardening, making pancakes for his grandchildren, fishing on Anna Maria Island in Florida and watching television with no commercials. He particularly enjoyed volunteering along with his wife, Daisy, on mission trips with Constructors for Christ, a ministry that helps church planters in America build and repair church buildings. Andrew was preceded in death by his father, Buddy Ragan, his father-in-law, Robert Joyce, and his brother, Randy Ragan. He is survived by his wife, Daisy Ragan, his mother, Doris Ragan, his mother-in-law, Rheba Joyce, his sons, Robi Ragan (T.J.) and Chris Ragan (Anne), his grandchildren, Flannery Elizabeth Ragan and Abraham Baines Ragan, his sisters, Sharon Ragan Goza (Wayne) and Cindy Ragan Adair (Ed), his brother, Jeff Ragan, his sister-in-law Kathy Lunsford (Mark), and many beloved nieces, nephews, and in-laws.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to:

Constructors for Christ, Inc. ℅ Gail Rush 342 Booker Rd. Summerville, GA 30747 Indicate: “In Memory of Andrew Ragan”

Services

  • Visitation - Eagles Landing First Baptist Church

    Saturday, April 17, 2021

  • Memorial Service - Eagles Landing First Baptist Church

    Saturday, April 17, 2021

Memories

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Nancy Morgan

April 11, 2021

Andrew always treated us with such kindness. My favorite memory is TJ and Robi’s wedding day. It was one of the best and most special days of our lives. It was made even more special by Andrew officiating and leading us through it with his special words and prayers. We are so blessed to be connected to your wonderful family Daisy and we will truly miss Andrew and his kind ways. Much love to you Daisy.

Henry Harnage

March 26, 2021

I remember best how much he loved our Lord. After sharing that he baptized both of our children, there are several stories that I could share. I did love Andrew and am deeply saddened that he beat me to sit at Jesus’ feet. I am so very glad that Jesus allowed me to know and love the man of God known as Andrew Ragan.
One story I like is when the shelter was being built as a drive through at Eastside, when measuring the boards he would instruct the man doing the sawing to either leave the line or cut the line off depending on which measurement would make the board the right length.
There were times we didn’t agree but most of the times he was right. I particularly enjoyed the vacations we took together and the fishing trips we enjoyed together. There were also the many Sunday, after church, meals we had together at one of our friends home. Mostly at Bill and Joyce Lovett’s home.
Thanks for the memories Andrew, save me a spot in the baritone section. I was blessed to share our ministry together.

Danny & Sandra Martin

March 13, 2021

Andrew was an amazing man who had a godly impact on so many lives!!! From youth minister to pastor and friend- he left a legacy in his ministries and the people he taught. We are so grateful for his drive for the lost and his ability to reach others for Christ! We love each Ragan family member and the lives they live for Christ!!
- Danny & Sandra Martin

TJ Ragan

March 13, 2021

Andrew & Flannery

TJ Ragan

March 13, 2021

Sweet memories

TJ Ragan

March 12, 2021

This is Eastside Baptist Church on Keys Ferry Rd. in Ola, GA. The original building was built by Constructors for Christ.

TJ Ragan

March 12, 2021

This is Sharon Baptist Church in Ola, GA, Andrew’s first church he served as a full-time pastor.

TJ Ragan

March 12, 2021

This is a photo of Andrew & Daisy on a Constructors for Christ mission trip.

Ashley farley

March 11, 2021

I will always remember you Brother Andrew. You came to our home when I was a child. You led me to the Lord after VBS at Eastside Baptist Church. You then a few Sundays later baptized me. You will be missed ! However you are forever in our hearts.

Kevin & Hannah Garrison

March 11, 2021

Andrew was a great and wise servant in ministry. Such a blessing that God provided him to work with us and provide wisdom when needed. Most of all God provided a friend and we grew to love him. Our loss, Heaven’s gain! ❤️

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