RAGSDALE, The Honorable Edwin Harris "Buddy,"
87, of Richmond, Va,. died Wednesday, September 13, 2017. Born in DeWitt, Va. on December 18, 1929, Buddy began his career as a young police officer for Henrico County and then became a successful real estate developer. During his tenure on the Henrico County Board of Supervisors, to which he was elected for multiple terms, he served as Chair. He was instrumental in bringing the first public library to Henrico County. Buddy also served multiple terms in the Virginia House of Delegates. He was a member of the Thomas N. Davis Masonic Lodge 0351 for 64 years and was also a longtime member of the Ruritan Club, serving as both National Vice President and President. He was a member of Sandston Baptist Church.
Buddy is survived by his wife of 66 years, Juanita Helfert Ragsdale; his daughter, Lynette R. Spence (Jerry); and his son, Duane Harris Ragsdale ( Tracey); grandchildren, Jordan Lee Spence
( Ashley), Edwin Harris ( Jake) Ragsdale II and Carrie Davisson Ragsdale; great-grandchildren, Darrius, Brice, Trevor, Bentley and Abigail Spence; brothers, A. Coleman Ragsdale ( Ann) and Julian H. Ragsdale (Alice); numerous nieces and nephews; a "sister- in- law and brother- in- law" Bernie and David Nelson; and Gertrude, the stuffed tundra swan. Buddy was preceded in death by his sister, Eugenia ( Jean) Van Alst; and brother, John G. "Happy" Ragsdale and his wife, Emma.
Some would call Buddy a connoisseur of fine automotive equipment, which included a different vehicle for each day of the week. He will always be remembered for his friendly "Hello there!", warm hugs, great smile, beautiful bright blue eyes, caring and generous spirit and unique sense of humor.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, September 17, at 3 p. m., at Sandston Baptist Church, followed by a reception. Prior to the service, the family will receive friends at 2 p. m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sandston Baptist Church, 100 W. Williamsburg Rd., Sandston, Va. 23150.