Commander George Thomas Ragon, retired U.S. Navy and husband of Lyndal Carlene Jones Ragon, died on November 23, 2002, at his residence on James Island, S.C. The relatives and friends are invited to attend his Memorial service, Tuesday, November 26, 2002, 12:30 p.m., in James Island Presbyterian Church conducted by Dr. J. Michael Castronis. A private burial will be Friday, November 29, 2002, in Beaufort National Cemetery. Visitation with family will immediately follow the service in the church hall. Commander Ragon was born March 30, 1924, in Hardeman, Tenn., son of William Robert and Mary Ella Fawcett Ragon. He attended school in Hardeman County and graduated from Central High School, Bolivar, Tenn. He graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y., and was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy on July 30, 1944. He also attended the University of Texas. He served on board ships in World War II and the Korean War and retired from active duty in 1971. He received a Masters Degree from the Citadel and retired from the Social Security Disability Determination Division. He was a member of James Island Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder and a Deacon. He was a member of the American Legion, the Merchant Marine Academy Alumni association, the Citadel Alumni Association, the Retired Officer’s Association and was a Master Gardener volunteer at the Clemson Extension Service. He is survived by his wife of James Island, S.C.; one daughter, Patricia Annette Todd, Atlanta, Ga.; two sons, Robert Carl Ragon, Atlanta, Ga., and Thomas Michael Ragon, James Island, S.C.; one sister, Dorothy Ellen Ragon Milstead, Bolivar, Tenn.; seven grandchildren, Michael, Erin, and Christopher of Atlanta, Ga., and Tommy, Gregory, Justin and Shane of James Island, S.C. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to James Island Presbyterian Church, 1632 Ft. Johnson Road, James Island, S.C. 29412, or Hospice of Charleston, Inc., 3896 Leeds Ave., N. Charleston, S.C. 29405-7443. ARRANGEMENTS BY J. HENRY STUHR, INC., DOWNTOWN CHAPEL.
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