RAGS­DALE, The Hon­or­able Ed­win Harris "Buddy,"

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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.

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