Brenda Ragar

Brenda Ragar, 76, of Crossett, passed away on July 30, 2021, at her home.

She was born in Monticello on September 17, 1944, grew up in Collins and attended school in Dermott. For most of her life, Brenda lived in Crossett.

She worked for Wal-Mart as a sales associate for forty years and was a faithful member of the First Assembly of God Church.

Brenda was a prominent member of the well-known Andy’s coffee group, where she actively participated in discussions of local and world affairs. She enjoyed reading but especially spending time with her grandchildren.

Brenda was the mother that always put her children first, the prayer warrior that actively prayed for everyone, and the friend that gave unconditional love. She spoke her mind whenever necessary and made friends wherever she went. She loved the Lord, Jesus Christ, and never hesitated to let her light shine so that others could see him through her.

She is preceded in death by her father, William Dewitt West; her mother, Willie White Hilliard; her husband of thirty-eight years, James Ragar; and one sister, Judy Tumey.

She leaves behind three children, Mike Hartness (Teresia), and Missy Dumas (John), both of Crossett, and Matt Hartness of Little Rock; a brother, Bill West (Patti) of Orlando, Florida; seven grandchildren, Brandon Hartness (Courtney), Jenna Dumas, Hannah Dumas, Christian Hartness, Kelsey Dumas, Danielle Hartness, and Anna Hartness; one great-grandson, Colby Hartness; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, August 4, at the First Assembly of God Church, 1500 Parkway Drive, Crossett, with Pastors Kenneth Neal and Justin Uselton, officiating, followed by interment at Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.

Pallbearers are Johnny Hennington, James Harrington, Garrett Courson, Scott Parker, Paul Selby, J.W. Floyd, Josh Walthall, and Cecil Walthall. Honorary pallbearers are the Andy’s Coffee Group.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, August 3, at Medders Funeral Home, 1564 Hwy 52 W, in North Crossett.