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Minister Willie C. Ragland Jr. passed on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. Services will be at noon Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at New Destiny Christian Church, the Rev. Steve Smith, pastor; the Rev. Scottie Rice, officiating. Interment will be at Mount Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, Turkey Town.

Minister Ragland was preceded in death by his father, Willie C. Ragland Sr.; grandparents, Ed and Nancy Ragland, L.V. and Eula Coats. 

He leaves to cherish his memories his beloved mother, Bertha Ragland; sisters, Doris Ragland Rice, Apostle Dr. Christine (J.C.) Ragland Quiller and Evon (Kenneth) Ragland Marbuary; special friend/brother, Romain Turner; nieces, Beatrice (J.C.) Rice Swain, Nashondrea Kirkpatrick, Angela Rice and Latasha Marbuary; nephew, Jereme Marbuary; three great-nephews and three great-nieces; uncles, aunts, cousins and dear friends.

A special Musical Concert in Willie's honor will be 6 p.m. tonight at Fellowship Baptist Church, 807 Ave. C, Gadsden

The body will lie in repose at the church one hour before the service.

Service by Professionals, Gadsden Memorial Funeral Home.

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  • Saturday, October 28, 2017
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Gadsden Memorial FH
  • Sunday, October 29, 2017
    I am so sorry for your loss. Willie was a WO derful man and great friend. He will be missed by all that had the honor and privelage to know him. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers.
    ~ sonja oden   rainbow city, AL
  • Monday, October 30, 2017
    Knowing that "God is in Control" is the only thing that helps me to cope in this hour of loss. You will be forever missed Uncle Willie. I will continue to wear my Willie Ragland Couture Lapel Pins with pride! My prayers go out to the family and those closest for a good solider has left us.
    ~ Anthony Jones   Birmingham, AL
  • Tuesday, October 31, 2017
    I have had the pleasure of working with Willie for about a year and a half now. He was always so willing to help others and conducted himself in a professional manner. He will be missed tremendously! May god bless the family and loved ones during this time.
    ~ Linda Morris   Glencoe, AL
  • Friday, November 3, 2017
    Willie and I have been friends since the early 90s. He was always a warm and kind man filled with musical talent. He made some incredible Floral Lapel Pins. I recall when we were in New Orleans for GMWA, I imposed on him to do an impromptu Trunk Show. We had the best time. I purchased about six pins. People still compliment the fine craftsmanship of his handiwork. God knows just what He's doing. I'll see you on the other side. Continued prayers for my Brother and Friend, Roman Turner. They were a pair!
    ~ Dr. William Barks-Dale   Houston, TX
  • Friday, November 3, 2017
    Since we met in the early 1990's, Willie C. Ragland, Jr. has been a dear friend. He shall always remember him with fondness. #PreciousMemories
    ~ Wendell Woods   Plainfield, NJ
  • Thursday, December 7, 2017
    We’re so sorry to hear about your recent loss. It surely is a very difficult time; but we both hope you can find some comfort in the words of Nahum 1:7 which reads: "Jehovah is good, a stronghold in the day of distress. He is mindful of those seeking refuge in him." Yes, you can rely completely on our Loving God. He also has made the SURE promise of a resurrection right HERE ON EARTH when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Acts 24:15; Psalms 37:9-11, 29, Isaiah 55:11). Then death will be gone forever (Isaiah 25:8; Revelation 21:3,4) Going online at JW.ORG, We have found great articles as well as videos about this resurrection.
    ~ R&R Lopez