Charlie was born in Ross County, to Owen Ragland and Emma (Davis) Ragland on August 18, 1934. He married the love of his life, Gloria (Harris) Ragland on June 16, 1957. He was called to the ministry and ordained as a minister in 1967. He has been spreading the gospel with a passion ever since, throughout Kentucky, Central and Southern Ohio. He was a lifelong member of Shiloh Baptist Church, where he served as Associate Pastor under the leadership of his father, Rev. Owen Ragland. He most recently attended Jefferson Ave. CCCU, where he was named an honorary member under the leadership of Rev. Mark Clendaniel. Charlie has touched the lives of thousands of people throughout the years through his singing and evangelism, and his love for the word of God and the people of God was evident through his sermons.
He was predeceased by loving wife; Gloria (Harris) Ragland, parents; Rev. Owen Ragland and Emma Ragland, brother; Owen Ragland Jr., and an infant daughter, Mary Jean.
He is survived by his loving children; Rev. Steve (Kim) Ragland of Chillicothe, and Tammy (Dexter) Collins of Reynoldsburg, grandchildren; Sharissa and Jalen Ragland, Brandon Collins and great-grandson; Jayden Collins, sisters; Julia Gray, Mary Katherine Ragland, and Eleanor Keels all of Chillicothe, special family friend; Kathy Lowry, uncle; Roger (Kathleen) Ragland, brother-in-law; Frank (Pat) Harris of Frankfort and sister-in-law; Janie Ragland of Chillicothe, many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews including special niece and nephew and caregivers; Rev. Mark and Shelia Gray of Chillicothe and special great niece and nephews Emily, Mark Jr., T.J., and John Gray all of Chillicothe, countless friends and a host of minister friends whom he dearly loved, special sister in Christ; Karen Phipps of Beaver OH. Our loss is Heaven's gain.
Charlie was a 1952 graduate of Frankfort High School. He served in the United States Army, Post Korea. In September 1996 he retired from Mead Paper Company, Chillicothe.
Services will be held on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 1 pm in The Open Door Church, 3130 S. Bridge Street, Chillicothe, Pastor Mark Pfeifer. Special brothers in Christ, Rev. Mark Clendaniel, Jefferson Ave., CCCU, and Rev. Cal Ray Evans, Rubyville Community Church will officiate. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery, Frankfort, where military honors will be accorded by the Joseph Ellsworth White Post 483 Frankfort American Legion. The family will receive friends and family on Friday, January 28, 2011, from 1 to 8 pm at the church. Arrangements are entrusted to Ebright Funeral Home, Frankfort.
Those wishing to sign his online register may do so at www.ebrightfuneralhome.com.