News and Tribune

April 21, 2013

Maurice “Jimmy” Ragains, 56; of New Albany

— Funeral services for Maurice “Jimmy” Ragains, 56, of New Albany, will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at the Spring Street Chapel of Kraft Funeral Service in New Albany, with burial to follow at Kays Chapel Cemetery in Fredricksburg. He died Thursday, April 18, 2013.

Jimmy was born December 12, 1956 in New Albany to the late Maurice and Ann Ragains. He was an automobile broker in Southern Indiana for many years and was always a friend to everyone he met. Jimmy was a people person and a man who knew how to light up a room. He always had a smile on his face and never met a stranger. His vibrance and love of life was contagious. His tenacious and loving personality made him an incredible dad, friend, brother and the ultimate salesman. Jimmy always had the deal and in the end made “the deal.”  

He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and all who ever new him.

Survivors include his three children, Maurice “Justin” Ragains, Branden Ragains and Brittany Ragains; a grandson, Andrew Ragains; a sister, Karen Nifong and her husband, Dale; brothers, Don Ragains and his wife, Brenda, Kevin Merritt, Steve Ragains and Tony Ragains; a stepbrother, Denny Merritt; a stepsister, Paula Beard and her husband, Wayne; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his stepfather and mother Charles Merritt and Ann Ragains Merritt; and a brother, Rick Ragains.

Visitation at the funeral home will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and after 9 a.m. Wednesday. 

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