Mrs. Maggie “Mae” Lawson Ragin, beloved widow of Henry Ragin Sr., peacefully departed from our midst on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at her home in Summerton, South Carolina.
Born on January 21, 1938 in Clarendon County, she was a daughter of the late Elijah and Sarah Stukes Lawson. Her education was obtained in the public schools of Clarendon County.
Having been reared in a loving and faithful Christian home, Maggie joined Historic Liberty Hill A.M.E. Church where she accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age. Maggie was an ardent worker, serving as a member of several auxiliaries including the Stewardess Board, Missionary Board, Daughter of Sarah, Adult Choir and Kitchen Committee, until her health declined.
On December 11, 1960, she was united in holy matrimony to Henry Ragin; this union was blessed with four children.
Throughout her life, Maggie was employed by several restaurants, in which she graced the community with many delicious meals.
In addition to her husband and parents, Maggie was also preceded in death by two brothers, John Lawson Sr. and Joseph Lawson Sr.; a sister, Martha Lawson White and a grandson, baby Julius Ragin Jr.
She leaves to cherish her precious memories, three sons, Henry (Mariesa) Ragin Jr. and Julius (Sheryl) Ragin Sr. both of Summerton and Anthony (Dorothy) Ragin Sr. of Manning; one daughter, Debra R. (Willie) Brailsford of Orangeburg; twelve grandchildren, Benita (of the home), Reginald, Britney, Shayla, Shalonda, Richard, Shiayra, Anthony Jr., Dorien, Julius III, Myeshia and Reagan; six great-grandchildren, Breanna, Emanuel and Gabrielle (of the home), Xayavion, Xair, and Peyton; three brothers, Pernell (Flora) Lawson of Santee, Chester (Daisy) Lawson and Leroy (Diane) Lawson both of Summerton; two sisters, Shirley Oliver and Jaluen Green both of Manning; a nephew, Jacob Nathaniel Lawson that was loved and nurtured as her own; four additional sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; a host of other close relatives and friends.