John James "Bud" Ragsdell

Thursday, March 15, 2012

John James "Bud" Ragsdell, 88, of Rector passed from this life on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at the Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.

He was born on Nov. 15, 1924, to the late John and Della (James) Ragsdell in O'Kean, Ark., and married Shirley (Jones) Ragsdell on April 2, 1963 in Hardy, Ark.

Mr. Ragsdell was of the Pentecostal faith, served our country as a veteran and was a member of the Masons and VFW.

John was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Albert Ragsdell, Cecil Ragsdell, Gene Ragsdell and Darrel Ragsdell, and a sister, Lorene Ragsdell.

Mr. Ragsdell is survived by his wife, Shirley, of the home; three sons, Kenny Ragsdell of Colorado, Randal Ragsdell of Colorado and and Keith Stephen of Rose Bud, Ark.; one daughter, Debbie Ragsdell of Phoenix, Ariz., 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, along with a host of other relatives and friends.

A celebration of his life was held at 3 p.m. Friday, March 9, 2012, at the Irby Funeral Home Chapel in Rector with Pastor David King officiating. Visitation was held prior to the service beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the chapel. Interment was at Harvey's Chapel Cemetery.

Those who wish may send condolences to the family by signing the online guest book at www.irbyfuneralhome.com.