Joseph Roosevelt Ragan, age 89, of Boone, passed away Saturday, September 17, 2022. Born June 3, 1933 in Watauga County, he was a son of Dock Solomon and Fannie Lookabill Ragan. Mr. Ragan was of the Christian faith and attended Hopewell Community Church. He retired from Watauga Wood Products. Joe loved being outdoors and enjoying nature. As a young man, he might be found fishing a trout stream or occasionally in the woods hunting deer. In later years, he loved working his farm, just riding around the county, or cutting and splitting wood for his woodstove.
Joe is survived by his sister, Nancy R. Price of Zionville; brother, John Ragan and wife, Fern, of Eden; and thirteen nieces and nephews, several great nieces and great nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Kathleen R. Goodman, Annie Ragan, Grace Ragan, Margaret R. Hayes and baby sister; brothers, Jesse, Lloyd, Dave and Orville Ragan; niece, Ann Crump; nephews, Danny Hayes, Robert Price, and George Ragan; sisters-in-law, Evelyn Ragan, Betty Ragan, and Joyce Ragan; and brothers-in-law, Irving Hayes, Don Price and Rev. Gilbert Goodman.
Funeral services for Joseph Ragan will be conducted Saturday morning, September 24, 2022 at 11 o'clock at the Austin & Barnes Funeral Home Chapel, officiated by
Rev. David Ward and Rev. Andy Watson. The family will receive friends from 10 until 11 o'clock, prior to services, at Austin & Barnes. Graveside services will follow at the Hopewell Community Church Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials may be made to the Hopewell Community Church Cemetery Fund, in care of Mrs. Barbara McKinney, 5585 NC Highway 194 North, Boone, NC 28607.
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Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Ragan family.