July 15, 2016
Betty Ragle, age 92, passed away on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at The Bridge in Rockwood. Betty was preceded in death by her parents Clifford and Maude Merrit Ragle and her brother William T. Ragle. She was a Life-long member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Rockwood, Tennessee. She was a graduate of Rockwood High School, Tennessee Tech, and the University Of Tennessee School Of Nursing. She worked at John Gaston Hospital in Memphis for several years and moved back to Rockwood in 1961 and worked at Chamberlain Memorial Hospital, later Baptist Hospital of Roane County, until her retirement. She established the Ragle Endowment at Tennessee Tech that awarded scholarships to students going into nursing as a career. In 2015 Betty was inducted into the Wall of Fame at the Bridge based on her years of service to the community as a nurse. Betty was a 54 year member of the Rockwood Business and Professional Women and active in the Guild at First Christian Church. She enjoyed working in the yard of her house in which she was born, and where she lived until moving to Victorian Square in 2014. She also enjoyed attending Lady Vols games and tournaments in which they played.
She is survived by a special cousin, Jeannie Haga Firmature of Rockwood, Douglas Gordon, Sr., Douglas Gordon, Jr. and Carol and Dave Wildman of Eads, whom she regarded as family, Geraldine Wallick and Ann Hiegel and the members of the Rockwood BPW, and her friends at Victorian Square.
Arrangements are announced as follows: Sunday, July 17, 2016 Visitation will be held from 2:00pm to 3:00pm in the Chapel of Evans Mortuary in Rockwood. Funeral will be at 3:00pm with Rev. Kara Foster, officiating. Concluding Services and Interment will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Rockwood. In Lieu of Flowers, donations may be made to the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), P.O. Box #45, Rockwood, Tennessee 37854 or the Rockwood BPW Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 534, Rockwood, Tennessee 37854.
Evans Mortuary is serving the Family/Friends of Betty Ragle.