David Ragin

January 24, 1949 ~ January 17, 2022 (age 72)


David Ragin passed away on January 17, 2022 at Prisma Health Richland Hospital, Columbia, SC.

"Dave" as he was affectionately known was born on January 24, 1949 in Clarendon County, SC. He attended the public schools of Clarendon County including Scott's Branch High School.

He then graduated from Voorhees College in Denmark, SC where he met and married Estella Ragin. He moved to Brooklyn, NY in 1971. He became employed as a manager of the Hospital Care Investigators team at Harlem Hospital in New York, NY until retiring after more than 30 years in 2003. His wife, Estella preceded him in death. He then returned to his hometown of Summerton, SC and married Katrina Dempsey.

Also preceding him in death were his brothers Howard Ragin, Lester Brown, Claude Brown, brothers-in-law Nathaniel Brannon, Linwood Cooke, Wilson Oliver, Charles Phillips, Charlie Miller and sister-in-law Queen Anderson-Smith.

His boisterous personality, crazy dancing and silly dad jokes will be missed by all who knew him.

David is survived by his mother Daisy Ragin Smith of Summerton, SC, father Willie Johnson of Summerton, SC, wife Katrina Dempsey of Summerton, SC, his children Calvin Holliday of Statesboro, GA, Cheryl Ragin of Montgomery Village, MD, Davina (Terence) Hopkins of Clarksburg, MD and David Ragin, II of Queens, NY; step-daughter Tiesha Sims, step son-in-law, Semihee Reese,  grandchildren Devinn Esberry, LeShae Esberry, Amia Holliday, Courtney Holliday, Calvin Holliday, Jr., Tamiya Hopkins, Terence Hopkins, Sierra Titus, Sienna Titus, step grandchildren Kemora Steward, Zanyha Resse, 1 great grandson Royce Hargrove brothers, Anthony (Sabrina) Smith of Summerton, SC and Robert Lee (Pammie) Smith of Sumter, SC, sisters Dale (James) Sinkler of Rimini, SC, Angelia (Dannie) Wicker of Sumter, SC, Chester (Masayo) Brown of Okinowa, Japan, Rosa Oliver of Bronx, NY, Diane (John) Ledbetter of New York, NY, additional sisters-in-law Emma Phillips, Brooklyn, NY, Lucille Brown of Allentown, PA, Minnie Lee Brown of NC,  Minnie Mae Brown of Sumter, SC, and Linda Miller of North Augusta, SC,  a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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January 31, 2022

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
King-Fields Mortuary
3 Larry King Highway
Summerton, SC 29148

Funeral Service
February 1, 2022

12:00 PM
King-Fields Mortuary
3 Larry King Highway
Summerton, SC 29148

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