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12/01/16 - NNHS Newsletter - Butch Ragland

Henry Marvin Ragland
(05 Oct 1945 - 18 Nov 2016)

Newport News High School Class of 1963

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    As his obituary has at last been located, here this Thursday evening is a fuller account of the sad news previously reported.
Butch Ragland, Class of 1963, brother of  Chuck Ragland ('66) of VA, passed away at home in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Friday, November 18, 2016 at the age of 71.

 From Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA - 12/01/16:

This is the Obituary that was placed in the Gazette 24 November 2016.

   Oh, Susie, thank you so much for your perseverance; I quit searching on November 23rd. You have my sincerest condolences at the loss of your classmate; we've all lost a dear friend.

From The (Colorado Springs) Gazette - 11/24/16:

        Henry M. "Butch" Ragland
      COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - Henry M. "Butch" Ragland passed away at home on November 18. He was born in Newport News, VA on October 5, 1945 to Henry O. and Carrie E. Ragland.

He graduated from Newport News High School and served in the Marine Corp during the Vietnam War. Afterward, he worked for the Newport News police department.

In 1977, he moved to Colorado Springs to attend the Nazarene Bible College. There he met his wife Ethel, so he chose to make Colorado his home. They were married in 1981 and raised their two children, Jonathan and Carrie.

While living in Colorado Springs, he worked for Penrose Hospital Security and the Department of Corrections. After his retirement he went on to open his own retail and security businesses. Butch loved spending time with his grandchildren, fishing, tinkering with computers and connecting with all of his friends on Facebook.

He is survived by his wife, Ethel, his son Jonathan (Diana), daughter Carrie, brother Chuck (Patty), and grandchildren Travis, Charlotte and Jaxon.

Cremation will be handled by Blunt Mortuary and a memorial service will he held at a later date.

If you wish to remember Butch, please make a donation to (a charity of your choice) in his honor.

Blunt Mortuary, 2229 West Colorado Avenue Colorado Springs, CO 80904, (719) 634-8831

Published in The (Colorado Springs) Gazette on November 24, 2016.
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November 24, 2016

Butch, I know your are enjoying walking around Heaven. I sure miss sparring with you. My life is richer having you in our family.

~ Sue Matt, Colorado Springs, Colorado

November 24, 2016
I worked with Butch at the Department of Corrections. He was always cheerful and hard working. He will be fondly missed. Prayers for his wife and family.

~ Pamela Yeo, Pueblo, Colorado

November 25, 2016

RIP, Butch; you will be missed.

~ Ron Edwards, Orlando, Florida

November 25, 2016

You will be missed; enjoyed working Kairos program at LCF. You gave us the best of care.

~ Dick Evans

November 26, 2016 

Butch, Thank You for all your support with the LCF Kairos team. You will be missed greatly.

~ Jim Fitzpatrick, Monument, Colorado

November 26, 2016
Thank you so much for "raggin" on me for 3 years to be a Chaplain at LCF. I would never have done it without your encouragement. You will be missed but never forgotten. See ya later!

~ June Hendricks, Ramah, Colorado

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  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Butch's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

   This information is also posted here:

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

 Onward Christian Soldiers

Words by Sabine Baring Gould in Church Times, 1865

Music (St. Gertrude) by Arthur S. Sullivan, 1871

Onward Christian soldiers,
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before!
Christ, the royal Master,
Leads against the foe;
Forward into battle,
See His banner go!

Onward, Christian soldiers,
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before!

2. At the sign of triumph
Satan's host doth flee;
On, then, Christian soldiers,
On to victory!
Hell's foundation quiver
At the shout of praise;
Brothers, lift your voices,
Loud your anthems raise!

3. Like a mighty army
Moves the church of God;
Brothers, we are treading
Where the saints have trod;
We are not divided;
All one body we
One in hope and doctrine,
One in charity.

4. Onward, then, ye people,
Join our happy throng,
Blend with ours your voices
In the triumph song;
Glory, laud, and Honor,
Unto Christ the King;
This thro' countless ages
Men and angels sing.

"Onward Christian Soldiers" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 04/16/07

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 03/15/05

Animated USMC Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

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

Newport News Police Department Logo courtesy of - 04/26/10

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