Johnny Franklin Ragland, age 86 of Marshall, Arkansas passed from this life on Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 at Highland Court. He was born in Marshall, Arkansas on May 14th, 1933 to Eugene Ragland and Verlie Freeman Ragland.
Frank was a veteran of the United States Army and served during the Korean War. Frank was baptized at a young age and was a redeemed child of God. He enjoyed attending various churches and playing his guitar there. When Frank was young and first learning to play his guitar he would sit and play all day long and play the French harp at the same time. This drove his family crazy but all of those long hours of practice lead to his amazing talent as a guitar player. He was truly blessed with a wonderful gift of music. He spent his working years as a farmer. Frank brought sunshine and joy to all he came in contact with. He lived his life as a blessing to others.
Survivors include one daughter, Carla Fisher of Benton; brothers, Clifton (Shirley) Ragland of Marshall and Wilbur Ragland, also of Marshall; sisters, Alice (Ellis) Simpkins of Marshall and Anna Cunningham of St. Joe; and several nieces, nephews, other family and friends who will also mourn his passing.
Frank is preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Verlie Ragland; and siblings, Hubert Ragland and Vivian Ragland.
Funeral services for Frank will be 3:00 PM Saturday, February 8th, 2020 at Roller-Coffman Chapel in Marshall, Arkansas with Bro. Clayton Lesley officiating. Visitation will be 2:00 till 3:00 PM preceding the service. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery near Morning Star. Pallbearers will be Travis Ragland, Allen Riggins, Tim Mays, R.C. Rea, Joe Rea and Tim LaPointe. Honorary pallbearers will be Ellis Simpkins, Charles Ragland and Chris Wyatt.