Fred Ellis Raglin, age 82, of Wilkesboro, died Monday, December 9, 2013 at Wilkes Regional Medical Center. He was born September 30, 1931 to Fred and Hazel McGuire Raglin in Danville, Illinois. He was an active member of Rickard’s Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church, Men in Christ organization, the Roots of Love Reunion, and a strong supporter of Boy Scout Troop 335. Before his retirement, he was a truck driver in the cities in which he lived Wanzer Dairy in Chicago, Illinois, Sysco Corporation in Miami, Florida and J&J Recycling Company in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. He served in the U.S. Army 1952-1954, after the Korean War, stationed in Munich, Germany. Mr. Raglin was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Joseph Arthur Raglin and sister Mary Ella Pursley.
Surviving are his former wife and mother of his children, and later a long time companion and caregiver, Ethel Evonne Raglin of Wilkesboro; son, Bennett Eugene Raglin and wife Karen of Jersey City, New Jersey; daughter, Constance Marie Raglin of Chicago, Illinois; two granddaughters, Brittany Troye and Sierra Summer Raglin of Jersey City, New Jersey; grandson, Johnathan Ellis Raglin Powell of Chicago, Illinois; great nephew, Gabriel Richard Ryce, nephew, Mark Anthony Brooks both of Wilkesboro, North Carolina; two brothers, Thomas Edward Raglin and wife Barbara, Floyd Clifton Raglin and wife Marsha all of Alton, Illinois; sister, Era LaJoyce Johnson of Lancaster, Texas; and a host of many other relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be held 2:00 o’clock Saturday, December 28, 2013 at Rickard’s Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church with Rev. Richard Watts officiating and Rev. Clyde Brooks assisting. Military honors will be presented by Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guard Post 1142. The family will receive friends at Rickard’s Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church from 1:00 until 2:00 o’clock on Saturday, prior to the service. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the Roots of Love Reunion Scholarship Fund, c/o Jane Wilborn, Treasurer, PO Box 65, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659. Miller Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be made to www.millerfuneralservice.com