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Thalia Mills Ragsdale

Minister Thalia Mills Ragsdale of South Boston died Friday, April 19, 2013, at Berry Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was 83.

Minister Ragsdale was born in Halifax County on Jan. 25, 1930 to the late Mr. Howard Mills and Mrs. Fannie Edmunds Mills. She was married to the late Mr. Harvey Ragsdale and was a member of New Vernon Baptist Church.

Minister Ragsdale is survived and by two daughters, Doris A. Ragsdale of South Boston and Nancy Ragsdale of Philadelphia, Pa.; six sons, Harvey Lee Ragsdale, Lonnie Ragsdale, Nathaniel Ragsdale and Henry Ragsdale, all of Philadelphia, Pa., Leon Ragsdale and wife Doshie of South Boston and Michael Ragsdale of Danville; 21 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one sister, Elizabeth Howerton of Danville; one sister-in-law, Catherine Ragsdale; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relative and friends. 

In addition to her husband and parents, Minister Ragsdale was preceded in death by one daughter, Price Ragsdale-Lockette; two sons, John Albert Ragsdale and James Ernest Mills; two sisters, Ida Mae Williams and Ellen Dunn; and three brothers, Jake Mills, Nick Mills and Thomas Mills.

Funeral services for Minister Thalia Mills Ragsdale will be held Thursday, April 25, at 11 a.m. at New Vernon Baptist Church with the Rev. Anthony Elliott officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Jeffress Funeral Home Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and all other times at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Leon and Doshie Ragsdale, 1623 Ridge Street, South Boston.

Funeral services are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.