Deacon Harold Bernard Ragland

Deacon Harold Bernard “Bay” Ragland a native of Columbus, Ohio, was born March 8, 1935, to Lucille Marie (Gibson) and Percy Phillip Ragland.  Bay was the middle child of nine that included, Dorothy Ellen, Wilbur Percy, Juanita Bessie, Mildred Marie, Lawrence Charles, Herbert Lloyd,Thelma Veretta and Welma Loretta.
Harold graduated from Central High School in 1954; and was a sergeant in the US Army with a honorable discharge in 1958.
Over the course of 60 years, Harold was a faithful and diligent employee of City National Bank, Continental Can Company (Anheuser Busch), and he retired from Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) as a driver after 19 years of service.  He then spent 10 years as a driver for Project Head Start. During the majority of that time, Harold also was employed with Allen Refractories part-time in facilities maintenance.
Harold was a faithful member of Antioch Baptist Church for 78 years, where he served as a member and Chairman of the Deacon Board, member of several choral groups (Male Chorus, Mass Choir, Heavenly Echo), Chairman and member of Transportation Ministry, the Senior Usher Board, Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and he consistently checked on those convalescing.
Deacon Ragland was a hard-working man who provided for his family and became a father figure to countless others in the South Linden neighborhood. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, family, and friends all over the world from Jerusalem to Hawaii.
Harold received his wings on Sunday, June 26, 2022, at Mount Carmel East Hospital, in Westerville, Ohio, he was 87 years old.
Preceded in death by his parents, Lucille and Percy Ragland; his sisters, Dorothy, Mildred, and Thelma; brothers, Percy, Lawrence, and Lloyd; his sisters-in-law, Roberta Ragland, Sondra Ragland and Wanda Zimmerman; brothers-in-law, Clifford Holcomb, Harold Palmer, Raymond Reeves, Donald Young, Leonard Zimmerman and William Zimmerman, Jr.; and his nephew, Darrell Ragland.
Harold is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lucille; sons, Monty (Kay) Ragland, Marty (Julie) Ragland; grandchildren, Pariss Ragland, Iman Ragland; great grandchildren Jace McIntosh and Parker-Simone Gwinn; adopted great grandchildren, Ka’Milah and Ka’liyah Gwinn; sisters, Juanita Zimmerman, Welma Sutton; sisters-in-law, Beatrice Holcomb, Alva Reeves; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and the Antioch Baptist Church Family.

Visitation 10:00 AM and Funeral Service 11:00 AM Friday, July 8, 2022 at Antioch Baptist Church, 1015 Chambers Road.

Interment at Union Cemetery Association.

Condolence Messages

  1. Shauna Ragland

    Aunt Lucille Monty(Kay)Marty(Julie)my deepest sympathies and condolences. Love Shauna Ragland and Darion j. Dalton-Ragland

  2. Louise Reeves & Amir Pegues

    Our deepest condolences to the Ragland family. May God be with you and your family in is very sad time. We will pray for you all, and keep you in our thoughts. May God grant you and your family the strength to bear this loss. God bless you and keep you all in his care

  3. Calvin Andrew Warren,Sr



  4. Stephanie Gohring & Family

    Our sincere condolences for the Ragland family. May God grant you the strength and peace to mend your broken hearts until you meet again in heaven, in Jesus name, Amen

  5. Pastor Kem Evans

    To the family of Deacon Harold Ragland, my deepest condolences and prayers are extended to each of you, especially to Sis. Lucille. He was a great man and a great friend. I was humbly blessed to have known him, and worshiped with him for years. He would testify on numerous occasions of the “goodness of God in his life…” And now, “Face To Face” he views personally the one of whom he committed his life. Rest well sir, rest well!

  6. Calvin & Vivian Moore

    Calvin and Vivian Moore

    July 6, 2022
    May God bless and keep you all in His Care as you go through what you are going through at this time.

    Love God bless

  7. Lewis Geter Jr

    The Geter family gives our deepest sympathy to the family. My prayer is that God will give you peace, comfort, and strength during this time. What a true man servant of God. He has left a legency to follow. Let his spirit forever live in you. May God continues to bless you all.

  8. Sister Lucille & Family,
    May God be with you, guide you and keep you as you mourn the loss of Brother Harold. Praying all the wonderful memories you built together will sustain you and bring you joy in his physical absence. Hold on to the hope of seeing him again in that prepared place for God’s prepared people. I offer my deepest condolences to you.

  9. Rita O Fletcher

    To the Ragland Family. We send our ❤️ love and prayers to you all! Love you! The Williams, Betton, Napier and Fletcher Family

  10. I want to send condolences to the Ragland family. Mr. Harold was a great man, a very nice man, it was infectious. I had the privilege of meeting him a few times and I was not disappointed at all. He was with a beautiful wife( Ms.Lucille) and two fine sons( Monty & Marty ). May you R.I.H., sir !!!!

  11. The Aliyy-Young family send our deepest condolences to the Ragland family regarding the crossing over of our cousin Harold “Bay”, his life is and example of how we all should live our lives. May God continue to ease your pain of loss family. Edward “Skip” Young and family

  12. Rolanda Brown

    He was such a wonderful person. Served with him on the van ministry for many years. So dedicated to the cause of Christ. He use to have the Cota bus waiting on the the corner when my girls were little as we’d come running out to go to school. Truly a man of God. Now he’s getting his reward for being faithful. Thankful to have known him for many years. Uncle Bay

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