Ralph Pantall

April 25, 1923March 13, 2013
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Ralph M. Pantall went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 13, 2013. Ralph was born April 25, 1923 in Thompson Station, Williamson County, TN. He moved to Jackson for stationing with the Navy Recruitment Office in 1944, where he met his wife of 68 years, Bobbie Jean Sullivan. After serving in both World War II and the Korean War aboard aircraft carriers in the Navy Medical Corp, he worked in surgery and psychological research at the Veterans Administration in Jackson until his retirement (1940-1979). He was predeceased in death by his parents, Howard M. Pantall and Floy Henderson Pantall, his brothers, Oliver Pantall and Roy Pantall, both of Columbia, TN. He is survived by a sister, Jean Pantall Hargrove of Franklin, TN, a son, Thomas H. (Pat) Pantall of Covington, LA and daughters, L. Joyce (Steve Douglas) Pantall of Madison, MS and Carol D. (Robert) Chism of Columbus, GA; grandsons Ryan (Ashley) Chism of Columbus, GA, and Brent (Jessica) Carpenter of Morraine, OH; granddaughters: Melissa Hall of Mobile, Alabama; Brandy (Jayson) Rios of Oceanside, CA, Colene Curtis (Fred) Curtis of Gainesboro, TN, and great grandchildren: Jacob, Emma and William Rios of Oceanside, CA; Breanna and Austin Hall of Mobile, AL, and Benjamin Carpenter of Morraine, OH; as well as many loved nieces and nephews. Ralph was an active church member of Boling Street Methodist Church and after a move from Jackson to Ridgeland in 1978; he became a member of the Ridgeland United Methodist Church. His hobbies included coin collecting, gardening; boating/waterskiing; and enjoyed TV baseball and golf.

Visitation for Mr. Pantall will be on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home in Ridgeland from 10:30am to 11:30am with a services starting at 11:30am. Burial will be at Jessamine Cemetery. Ralph was a loving, caring husband, father and grandfather and will be missed dearly. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ridgeland United Methodist Church.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 16, 2013
  • Visitation Saturday, March 16, 2013

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Fran Clepper

March 25, 2013

Ralph, I will always remember how loving and sweet you were. You always made me feel like one of your family. Your laughter and smile always would always light up a room. Likewise we knew when you were not pleased. You were a father figure and mentor to so many and you were just like my dad. I am blessed to have known you and I hope there is someone in heaven that can beat you at cribbage, because I never could. Love and Hugs, Fran

March 20, 2013

My sincere condolences to you, Carol and your family. I will keep you in my thoughts and in my prayers. Charlie Maupin

Gayron (Holt) Sims

March 20, 2013

He was a wonderful man and I thank you for letting me share him, as a father-figure, with you. I will always remember the wonderful times we had together. He was an inspiration and a constant reminder of a person who cared about others, through his church and in his personal life.

Cindi Owen

March 20, 2013

Ralph had the patience of Job, the wisdom of Solomon and the loving and understanding of indescribable breadth. I feel VERY fortunate to have been able to call him "Pop" and to have been a part of his life.

Nancy Pantall Perko

March 18, 2013

My love and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Robert Walsh

March 16, 2013

Tom - shipmate, friend, brother - Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your Dad - Bob Walsh & Denise

Joe Haining

March 16, 2013

It was a privilege for me to work with Ralph during my career at the VA Medical Center. He was very talented as well as dedicated and went out of his way to assist with his technical expertise.

Beverly Sharp

March 15, 2013

He was my Father-in-Law for a while but he will always be Dad in my heart. He always put God first, his family second and everyone else ahead of himself. He touched the lives of so many young people either through church activities or by teaching and taking them skiing. One of his greatest joys was to see the smile on a child's face the first time they got up on skis. As for his Grandchildren - he loved and treasured each and every one of them. He never showed any favortism or disappointment toward them. His love for Mama Jean seemed to grow each day and he appreciated everything she did for him and their family during their 68 years of marriage. His legacy is three wonderful children, grandkids, great grandkids and the love and respect he garnered from everyone that knew him. "I miss you Dad."

The Staff of Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home-Parkway Memorial Cemetery

March 15, 2013

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.

Ralph Philip Pantall

March 15, 2013

Love you all and I am so sorry I canot be with you.My Uncle Ralph will always hold a special place in my heart.Aunt Jean ,I will see you soon,phil