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Terrell County, Georgia


Spann Ragan - Obituaries
This obituary was sent to me by Bill Ragan.  It was originally copied and sent to him by E. Ragan Pruitt. This obituary appeared in the Southern Christian Advocate dated April 7, 1875.

     Dr. Span Ragan was born in North Carolina, April 1st, 1818, was converted and joined the M. E. Church, South, at Canyhead campground, in Lee county, in 1853; and died in Terrell county, Ga., Jan. 24th, 1875.

     He never doubted his conversion.  Naturally quiet and unobtrusive, he made no loud professions, but he lived right.  He loved the Church, delighted in Sunday-school, and took a deep interest in all that pertained to the property of Zion.  Among strangers, or in promiscuous companies, his words were few, and his manner retiring; but with his friends, he was sociable and pleasing.  His conversation was always pure, and his life one of unswerving uprightness.  In 1850, he was happily married to Miss Lieurany J. Speight, youngest daughter of Rev. Thos. Speight.  In the relations of husband and father, he was faithful and true, and was, with his pious wife, eminently successful in training their children for God and the Church.  When nigh unto death, he expressed a desire to live for the sake of his wife and children.  He said home had been to him almost heaven on earth, but he was perfectly rerigned {resigned} to the will of God. His end was peace.  He was long a faithful class-leader at Salem church.  His death to us, is grievous loss- to him, great gain.   J. R. Littlejohn

This obituary was found in the Bryan Family Bible, originally owned by Terrell Bryan, half brother to Spann Ragan.  Bill Ragan, a Spann Ragan descendant, identified it as one published in the  Dawson Journal on January 28, 1875.
Deaths - Dr. Span Ragan died at his home in this County on last Sunday morning, after lingering for several weeks from an attach of typhoid pneumonia.  Truly can we say that a kind husband, an affectionate father, an exemplary christian, and a useful citizen has 'gone to that bourne from whence not traveler returns.'

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