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Raymond Eugene Flanagan

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 2nd, 2011

Raymond Eugene Flanagan passed from this life on January 31, 2011 after a three-year battle with dementia.

He was born in Grafton (Taylor County), West Virginia on July 6, 1928, the second of two children born to the late James Plummer Flanagan and Olive Lillian Barcus Flanagan Tanzillo.

After the separation of Pat’s mother and father, he was adopted by his beloved Aunt Lena Flanagan, who later married Floyd Utterback. He lived with her until his own marriage to the beautiful Martha Lee Hines, and in turn, many years later, Aunt Lena came to live with Pat’s family.

Pat attended school for grades one through twelve at Saint Augustine Catholic School, Grafton, graduating in 1946. While in school, he received the American Legion Citizenship Award. He played basketball for the high school team. In the 1960s, he coached junior high basketball for Saint Augustine’s. Pat was a member of the BPOE Lodge 294 of Grafton, where he had held the office of Exalted Ruler 1968-1969. He was co-chairman for the successful fundraising campaign to build the Saint Augustine Social Center located on Saint John Street. Pat joined Toastmasters, serving in various offices of that group. Pat excelled at everything he attempted.

Pat was an avid golfer and model railroader. He spent many happy days with his golfing buddies including Don Hawkins, Bill Wolverton and many others who have gone before him. His love of model railroading grew from his, as well as his family’s, involvement with the B&O Railroad of Grafton.

Until the family moved to Fairmont, Pat was a member of Saint Augustine’s Catholic Church and upon his posting to Fairmont, the family joined Saint Peter the Fisherman Roman Catholic Church. He began his working career at Carr China Company of Grafton, where he met his beloved Martha Lee. He also worked as a fireman for the B&O Railroad, a salesman for the Jewel Tea Company and then going to work for Monongahela Power Company. Pat retired as a district sales manager for the Frigidaire Company having spent sixteen years with them, winning many awards and trips for his outstanding salesmanship.

Although his given name was Raymond Eugene, early in life he was called by a favorite Irish nick-name, “Paddy.” This was shortened to “Pat” as he grew older. But to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as many others, he was known as “Pappy.”

Pat was a wonderful and loving husband, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Daddy was a charmer and a true gentleman from the “old school.” But he really shined as a father to his four children and he was a role model for us, his children, as well as to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We thank God for sending us the wonderful parents He provided.

He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Robert Patrick and Diana Flanagan of Columbia, South Carolina; three daughters and one son-in-law: Gail Marie Dragoo, Mary Agnes and Edgar Allen, and Rose Ann Shepherd Flanagan, all of Fairmont.

He is survived by seven grandchildren: April Bravo and her husband, Rigo; Heather Dragoo and her fiancé, J. J. Smock; Andrew Flanagan and his wife Cindi; Melissa Shepherd and her fiancé, Robert Posten; Schaine Brents and her husband, Brad; Matt Shepherd and his wife, Nicola; and John Flanagan and his wife, Rebekah.

He is survived by twelve great-grandchildren: Dylan Sloan, Sofia Brents, Bradley Brents, Madelyn Brents, Cali Posten, Mikayla Shepherd, Kameryn Smock, John “Jack” Flanagan, Jr., Mary Martha Bravo, Rylee Flanagan, Marina Bravo and Liam Shepherd.

Surviving are his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Priscilla and Olie Bastin of Mount Clare; Dorothy and Darl Smith, Parma, Ohio; Mary Frances Hines, Grafton; Mary and Bill Dempsey, Grafton; Ruth & Don Schulte of North Naples, Florida; and Elladeane Hines of Grafton; He is also survived by dozens of cherished nieces and nephews.

Mr. Flanagan was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 59 years on January 8, 2008. He missed her from that moment on and really never got over this great loss. Surely there was a joyful reunion at the great pearly gates.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his only sibling, a brother, James Robert Flanagan; by one granddaughter, Cara Dawn Dragoo; one great-grandson, Marshall Alan Sloan; and two sons-in-law, Charles B. Shepherd and Richard W. Dragoo. His brothers-in-law, Immanual Hines and Jeremiah Hines also preceded him.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Deacon David Lester and his sweet wife, Martha of Saint Peter the Fisherman Parish; his aide, Mrs. Bobbie Wilson of the Marion County Senior Center; Mrs. Marilyn Gifford, RN of the Marion County Senior Center; Jeff Wotring, RN and Mark Wotring, RN of Amedisys Hospice; and some of the health care professionals that worked to help Daddy, especially members of the Marion County Rescue Squad, Glen Satterfield, Supervisor.

Friends may call at the Frey Home for Funerals (Addition Chapel A), 320 Madison Street, Fairmont on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m, Thursday from 12–8 p.m. and Friday from 10–10:30 a.m..

A vigil service will be held in the funeral home Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be held in Saint Peter the Fisherman Church Friday at 11:00 a.m. with Father Robert Periello as celebrant.

Interment will follow at the Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Grafton. Pall bearers will be grandchildren Matt Shepherd, Andrew Flanagan and John Flanagan, grandson-in-law Col. Brad Brents and close family members Robert Posten and Jeffrey Smock. Condolences may be sent to the family at e-mail FHFF320@aol.com.

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