April 19, 2024
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Jerry Ray Ragan

1968 – 2021

Funeral services for Jerry Ray Ragan, 53, of Arbala, were held on August 6 at League Street Church of Christ.  Bro. Daniel Lewis officiated.

Interment followed at Arbala Cemetery. Marc Tomerlin, Clay Lacey, Saben Emery, Jason Roland, Kris Edgmon, Nick Moore, Johnny Phillips, and Jonas Helm served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Andy Ragan, Wesley Winstead, and Wade Kimble.  

Mr. Ragan died peacefully in his sleep at home surrounded by loved ones on August 2, 2021, after a long courageous battle with cancer. He was born on February 18, 1968, to Gerald L. Ragan and Judy Turley Ragan in Commerce. He graduated from Sulphur Springs High School in 1986. 

He began his law enforcement career as a police officer. After graduating from the DPS training academy, he began his career as a Texas State Trooper. He worked as a highway patrolman for 12 years before earning his pilot’s license. He then joined the Aircraft Operations Division where he served as a Lieutenant for the last 8 years of his career up until his retirement in 2020. 

On January 31, 2004, he married the love of his life, Gracy Ortega Ragan. Besides spending time with family and friends, He enjoyed flying, going on hunting trips, farming and gardening with his mother. He was a lover of the outdoors. His servant’s heart was evident to all who knew him. 

Mr. Ragan is survived by his wife; mother; daughter, Kortney and husband Russell; sons, Dominic and Joseph; sisters, Lynn and husband Mike, and Leeah and husband Wesley; brother, Andy and Staci; two grandsons; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his father. 

Memorials may be made to the GBM (Glioblastoma) at www.glioblastomafoundation.org

Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home, www.westoaksfuneralhome.com.