Reba Jean Cook Ragsdale passed away peacefully on October 13, 2021. She was born in Lubbock, Texas on January 31, 1940. She grew up on a small dry-land farm in Lynn County Texas. Reba was the only daughter of E.A. (Buck) Cook and Velma Audine Cook. She was preceded in death by both parents, her brothers and sisters-in-law Barbara and Bobby Cook, Pat and Lynn Cook, and grandson James Ross Ragsdale.

She is survived by her husband Bobby Joe Ragsdale; daughters Brenda Roberts Pierce and husband Jewel, Cheryl Ragsdale Fickey and husband James, Cathy Ragsdale Chitwood; son, Jim Ragsdale; grandchildren, Jandi Pierce Tyson and husband Trent, Cade Pierce and wife Addie, Amie Ragsdale Howerton and husband Joshua, and Bryan Chitwood; great-grandchildren, Benjamin Tyson, Haddie Tyson, Cale Pierce, Ceedan Pierce, and Harleigh Howerton; brother, AG Cook and wife Cherri.

Reba and Bob have been long time members of the A&M United Methodist Church. Throughout her life, Reba has answered her call to service by serving on many boards and committees within her community. Her service to God and others was always her top priority. Reba was a founding member of the Brazos Valley Pink Alliance and dedicated her heart and soul to this organization to ensure that women in the Bryan/College Station area receive assistance and guidance through every step of their fight against breast cancer. She was the first female club president for the Bryan Rotary Club. Reba served on the Board of Directors for both the St. Joseph Foundation and St. Joseph hospital, and served on boards for the Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity, The American Cancer Society, The United Way, and many others.

Reba received many awards for her dedication to her community including the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year (1987), Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year (1994), KBTX Jefferson Award Winner (2006), Girl Scouts of Central Texas Woman of Distinction, Bryan Rotary Club Rotarian of the Year, Brazos Valley Shrine Club Community Builder Award, and Boys and Girls Club Woman and Youth Award.

Service of life celebration will be Monday, October 18th at 2:00pm at A&M United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to:

Brazos Valley Pink Alliance
PO Box 6373
Bryan, Tx 77805
https://pinkalliance.org/

OR

Aggieland Humane Society
5359 Leonard Road
Bryan, Tx 77807
https://aggielandhumane.org/

Honorary Pall Bearers will be members of The Brazos Valley Pink Alliance Board; Doris Light, Debbie Dunlap, Patricia Gerling, Jeannie Kipp, Kay McWhorter and Carolyn Oatman. 

Services

Memorial Service: October 18, 2021 2:00 pm

A&M United Methodist Church
417 University Dr.
College Station, TX 77840

(979) 846-8731
https://www.am-umc.org

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  1. Such a beautiful soul. Cathy I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your sweet Mother. She was beautiful person. Sending my prayers and condolences to you and your family. I know you have some wonderful memories of her, hold them close to your heart. Hugs Cathy.
    RIP Mrs. Ragsdale.

  2. So sorry for the loss. I have a lots of good memories of the time with her and your father. My sincere prayers and thoughts are with you. Heaven has received another great Angel. My love to all.

  3. What a fine example of Christian love and service to our community and Texas A&M. Great memories of a wonderful life!
    Jay and Judy Brewer, James and Natalie

  4. We have many good memo I ties of Reba from our association at the 12th Man Foundation and afterwards at Aggie sporting events.

    What a wonderful lady!

    Rest safely in the arms of Jesus dear friend!

    Ed and Karen Collins

  5. So sorry for your loss! Reba was an extraordinary woman! She was always loving and kind and we will really miss her at our scrappy Chick retreats! Prayers for her family during this difficult time.
    Love Tonya & Pam Elrod

  6. Reba was a wonderful person. Her dedication with a smile to Bryan and College Station has made an impact that changed friends and acquaintances forever. Her goodness and grace will live forever.
    Love Ellen Marquis Horner

  7. The Dare Family extends our deepest sympathies to Bob and the Ragsdale Family in the loss of your beloved wife, mother, and grandmother. Reba was a very special friend and an outstanding and dedicated community leader who was always there when you needed comfort, compassion, caring or a concerned ear. She “opened doors” and “made introductions” to create relationships that benefitted a friend or an organization and was always willing to make whatever sacrifice was needed to make an event or fundraiser a success. She was truly a servant leader who exhibited by her actions that she was a true friend to all. God’s special blessings on Reba. Peace and every blessing.

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