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11/18/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Tommy Ragans

Thomas L. Ragans
(d. 15 Nov 2009)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

      We have still another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter this afternoon.      Tommy Ragans, son-in-law Carol Thomas Meador ('65) of VA and of the late   Jimmy "Butch" Meador, Class of 1961 (06 Sept 1942- 15 Aug 2007), passed away on Sunday, November 15, 2009 in Newport News at the age of 46.

From the Daily Press - 11/18/09:


    Thomas L. Ragans

    YORKTOWN - Tommy Ragans, 46, died on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009. He courageously fought for his life at Riverside Hospital, but it was a struggle he couldn't endure.

Tommy grew up in Seaford, Va., and later married his high school sweetheart Robin and moved to Dandy where they lived for 24 years and raised three beautiful girls.

Tommy was employed at his family business at Ragans Auto in Grafton. He was shop foreman and part business owner. He was a member and past deacon of Seaford Baptist Church. He had many devoted customers and always was willing to help anybody who came along his path. It was not unusual for him to go out of his way, day or night to go to help a stranded friend in fact it was regular practice for him. He treated people with the same courtesy and kindness that he would want for his family.
Tommy Ragans
Tommy loved life and all it had to offer. He loved fishing, jet skiing, skiing, and hanging out in Dandy with his buddies who loved nothing more than to talk about their day and cruise around the neighborhood on their golf carts. Yet when the day was done is was his wife's arms he longed for and his hugs from his little girls!

Left to cherish all his memories are his devoted and loving wife of 24 years, Robin Ragans. He leaves behind his three beautiful daughters, Abby (his beloved firstborn), Taylor (his own personal Dallas Cowboy fan), and Laci (his littlest baby girl). He also leaves behind his parents, Dewey and Colleen Ragans of Yorktown; his brothers, Duane Ragans of Yorktown, Milton Ragans and wife, Cathy of Dandy; and loving sister, Barbara Baker and husband, Grady Baker of Gloucester. He leaves behind his mother-in-law, Carol Meador of Newport News; and his brother-in-law, Jeff Meador and wife, Terrie of Yorktown. In addition there is a huge circle of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews that he adored. He especially loved all his nephews who he often spent many hours with boating, jet skiing and trying to capture back his youth!

The visitation will be at 10.a.m. on Wed. Nov. 18, 2009, at Seaford Baptist Church with the funeral immediately following at 11a.m. with Dr. Richard Harrell and Pastor Aaron West officiating. Following the service, burial will take place at Peninsula Memorial Park in Newport News. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in The Daily Press from November 17 to November 19, 2009.

November 16, 2009 (sic)
Dear Ragans family, I'm very sorry about your loss. Tommy was a good friend and I will miss him dearly. God bless you all and I will keep you in my prayers. R.I.P., Tommy, I love you, man.
~ Bobby Snow, Grafton, Virginia

November 17, 2009

My heart and our prayers are with Robin and the girls. Tommy will be missed as he was a big part of mine and all the lives he touched. He lived life to the fullest everyday. You are in God's arms now and will live in hearts forever. I Love You

~ Tammy

November 17, 2009

We are truly saddened to learn of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

~ Kim & Jim Knickerbocker & family

November 17, 2009

Robin, Abby, Taylor and Laci

We a so very sorry for your great loss. Know that our hearts and prayers go out to you and the girls in this great time of need. Tommy will be greatly missed by all.
~ Bill & Mary Jordan, Grafton, Virginia
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November 17, 2009

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of grief. Tommy was respected for being honest with his customers about their cars and he will be missed. God bless you all.
~ Jo Dee Belk, Yorktown, Virginia

November 17, 2009

Our thoughts go out to Robin, Abby, Taylor & Laci. He will surely be missed by all of us here in Dandy. You sure could have not asked for a better person to have.
~ Leslie Reynolds, Dandy, Virginia

November 17, 2009

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please accept our deepest sympathies.
~ Tricia Neill, Seaford, Virginia

November 17, 2009

Barbara Baker & Family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.


~ Jami & Laura Ditto
Bo & Susan Williams

November 17, 2009

Robin, Abbie, Taylor, Laci and Family:
We are so sorry for your tragic loss. Tommy was a great guy and was always so helpful when we went up to Western Auto. He helped Dickie put his lowering kit on our motorcycle a couple of years ago and did not even charge Dickie. That meant a lot to us. We are sorry we will not be able to attend his service due to living in NC now. May God give you the strength and courage you will need to face each day. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all!!!
~ Tracy & Dickie Hill, Concord, North Carolina

November 17, 2009


  Our sincerest sympathies are extended to the Meador and Ragans families and their friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

This Is My Father's World

Words by Maltbie D. Babcock, 1901
Traditional English Melody (Terra Beata), arranged by Franklin L. Sheppard, 1915

This is my Fatherís world, and to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.
This is my Fatherís world: I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
His hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Fatherís world, the birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white, declare their Makerís praise.
This is my Fatherís world: He shines in all thatís fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass;
He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Fatherís world. O let me neíer forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
This is my Fatherís world: the battle is not done:
Jesus Who died shall be satisfied,
And earth and Heavín be one.

This is my Fatherís world, dreaming, I see His face.
I ope my eyes, and in glad surprise cry, ďThe Lord is in this place.Ē
This is my Fatherís world, from the shining courts above,
The Beloved One, His Only Son,
Cameóa pledge of deathless love.

This is my Fatherís world, should my heart be ever sad?
The lord is Kingólet the heavens ring. God reignsólet the earth be glad.
This is my Fatherís world. Now closer to Heaven bound,
For dear to God is the earth Christ trod.
No place but is holy ground.

This is my Fatherís world. I walk a desert lone.
In a bush ablaze to my wondering gaze God makes His glory known.
This is my Fatherís world, a wanderer I may roam
Whateíer my lot, it matters not,
My heart is still at home.

This Is My Father's World midi and lyrics courtesy of  - 06/19/07

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of Ė 01/27/05

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

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