Laura Elizabeth Ragland, age 83 of Welcome Home, Arkansas passed from this life on Monday, June 10th, 2019 at her home. She was born in Hilltop, Arkansas on June 28th, 1935 to James Henderson Ward and Olevia Jane Griffin Ward.
Laura was a strong Christian woman who loved her Lord and Savior. Charles married Laura on February 7th, 1952. She was the love of his life and their 67 years together were a great testament of their love. Laura had many talents. She was an excellent crafter and loved to work in her yard and flower garden. She had a wonderful voice and loved to sing with her husband, Charles. Laura was a great cook and loved to make peanut butter cookies and deliver them to her grandchildren. Her family was her whole world. She loved each one of them dearly and her sweet presence will be greatly missed.
Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Charles Ragland of the home; children, Gary Ragland and wife Lori of Russellville and Gail Lasater of Clinton; grandchildren, Shawn (Mark) Blevins of Atkins, Bryan (Loretta) Collins of Azle, TX, Dennis (Trish) Ragland of Russellville, Cody (Shawna) Lasater of Clinton, Carly (Joshua) Basham of Clinton, Kala (Billy) Ehemann of Atkins and Kimberly (Lance) Aliff of Clinton; great-grandchildren, Justin (Jennifer) Young of Russellville, Brandi (Eddie) Harris of Pottsville, Bailey, Ciara and Lexi Blevins of Atkins, Lane Collins of Oklahoma City, OK, Brooke (Jonah) Dowden of Azle, TX, Dalton (Taylor) Ragland of Atkins, Dylan (Madison) Ragland of Atkins, Kylie, Kanin, Lynlee and Summer Lasater of Clinton, Olivia, Maxell, Elijah and Ezekiel Basham of Clinton, Charlie, Nealy and Oliver Ehemann of Atkins, Hayden, Rylan and Finleigh Aliff of Clinton; great-great grandchildren, Jackson and Noah Harris, Mila Young, Hadley and Hazel Ragland and baby Harper Dowden, due in July; and one sister, Candy Stout of Missouri.
Laura is preceded in death by her parents, James and Olevia Ward; and her siblings, Royal Palmer Ward, Hazel Ward, Blake Ward, Morene Ward Ragland, Blaine H. Ward, Leota Jane Ward McQuain, Kenneth James Ward and Eddie Eugene Ward.
Funeral services for Laura will be 2:00 PM Thursday, June 13th, 2019 at Roller-Coffman Chapel in Marshall, Arkansas with Bro. Johnny Wayne Williams officiating. Visitation will be 1:00 until 2:00 PM preceding the service. Burial will be in Chinquapin Cemetery in the Welcome Home community. Bearers will be Dennis Ragland, Cody Lasater, Justin Young, Dalton Ragland, Dylan Ragland and Bryan Collins. Honorary bearers will be Mark Blevins, Joshua Basham, Billy Ehemann and Lance Aliff.