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Charles Sherman Ragland Jr. “Jerry”

Mr. Charles Sherman Ragland Jr, affectionately known as Jerry, was born to the union of Charles Sherman Ragland Sr and Wilma Marie Hendricks on June 2, 1947 in St Louis, MO. Both his parents precedes him in death. Jerry was educated in the St Louis and Wentzville School systems. He graduated from the Wentzville High School in June of 1966. He earned an Associate Degree in Electronics from Penn Valley College and further attended the Rock Hurst College in Kansas City, MO. He confessed hope in Christ and united with the Southern Missionary Baptist Church in March 2016 where Reverend Sherrell L Byrd Jr is the Pastor. He served in the United States Air Force as a cable splicing specialist. After being honorably discharged he made his home in Kansas City, MO. There he worked for the city by maintaining all of the city’s famous fountains. He also worked for the Federal Aviation Administration maintaining electronic equipment for aircraft navigation. He then relocated back to the Wentzville, MO area and worked in the Wentzville School system. His last work position was with the Parklane Rehabilitation Center in Wentzville, MO. While in Kansas City, MO him and his longtime friend, Gwendolyn Faye Gaines, raised three children, Reshiele, Carlisa and Neshaun. Jerry is known for his love of music and knowledge of general facts. He was the life of the party and could be heard saying, “What’s Up Kemosobi?” But, most of all he loved his girls and was always concerned about their welfare. He was proud that he was a great grandfather. Whenever the opportunity arose, he bragged on his children. Jerry resided with his Brother-In-Law Reverend Dr Phoenix Barnes Jr and Sister Ina for the last five years while he battled and struggled with his serious illnesses. He leaves to cherish his fond memories: A special friend, Gwendolyn Faye Gaines of Kansas City, MO. Three daughters: Reshiele (Shell) Gaines, Carlisa (Lisa) Johnson (Anthony) of Kansas City, MO and Neshaun Ragland (Abu-Sommari) of Belton, MO. 10 Grand Children: Marisha, Jakeisha, Aliva, Aniyah, Sommyria, Zuberi, Inkera, Mikhia and Sommari II, 2 Great Grand Children: Liala and Yasin. Sisters Ina Madeline (Muffet) Barnes (Phoenix) of O’Fallon, IL and Ramona Louise (Monnie) Jones-Williams (Floyd) of O’Fallon, MO and Brothers Theodore Ragland of Wentzville, MO and Reginald Wayne Ragland of Washington, D.C., and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Visitation: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 5-8PM at Southern Missionary Baptist Church 921 Bissell Madison,Il 62059 Service: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at the Church Burial will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO
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