HERBERT RAY RAGSDALE, also known as “Ray”, was born to John Ed and Ina L. Ragsdale on September 22, 1939 in Chandler, Oklahoma. The family relocated to San Diego, California in 1951, where Ray finished his formal education at Lincoln High School graduating in 1957. Using his athletic ability, Ray participated in Track & Field. His love for contact sports led him into boxing, developing his skills to the point where family and friends nicknamed him “One Punch Ray”.
Ray worked for the San Diego Yellow Cab Company for 36 years, serving many people in the community.
Ray loved his sports, he would root and rant about the Chargers, Padres even the Clippers and follow the young players coming out of SDSU.
If you stepped foot in “Ray’s Place”, at any giving time, you would be at a combination of BBQ’s, good blues music, dominoes and a game on the TV. Ray so enjoyed the yearly events, Adams Street Fair, Stand Down Blues Festival and, he would even drive to Long Beach, California for the Blues concerts with longtime friend, Lady Star to watch her perform. The game of dominoes became his favorite pastime. He would attend the Dominoes Competitions at the American Legion Post 310 on 47th Street where, he won a few trophies. He would play for hours, from backyards, kitchen tables, Dominoe shacks him and friends would put together. Wherever there was a game, you certainly would find Ray. Known as the “Dominoes hampion,”
Ray was called to rest on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 7:15 A.M. He leaves to celebrate his memory four sons: Mario, Johnny Ray, Frederick and Vernus Van Ragsdale (Karine); one sister, Ina LaFay Ragsdale; one uncle, Harvey Jones (Maxine) sixteen grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Ray will now spend time with the LORD; his parents,
John and Ina; and his brother, Johnny Ray.
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