Ruth Henshaw

                                                               ┌── William Carroll Henshaw
                                                               │    1830-1891 
                                 ┌── Lawrence French Henshaw ──┤
                                 │    1873-?                   │
                                 │                             └── Dianah Winn
                                 │                                  1833-1908 
Ruth Henshaw ────────────────────┤
B: 1911                          │
D: 2005                          │
                                 └── Susie Moore
M: Goah Columbus "Rags" Ragsdale

Ruth Henshaw     [ID 12780] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Oct 7 1911, Camden, Arkansas.1,2,3  

She married Goah Columbus "Rags" Ragsdale.1  

Goah died 1985.1  

Ruth Henshaw died Jan 25 2005, Arkansas Hospice St. Vincent Doctors Hospital, Little Rock, Arkansas; buried Arlington Cemetery, El Dorado, Arkansas.1  

Ruth's obituary was published in the "Times Record" (Fort Smith, Arkansas) on Thursday, January 27, 2005:1

Ruth Henshaw Ragsdale (a.k.a. Granny), age 93, of Little Rock died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005, at Arkansas Hospice St. Vincent Doctors Hospital in Little Rock.  

Granny was born Oct. 7, 1911, in Camden and lived in Fort Smith until she moved to Little Rock to be near her family.  

Granny was predeceased by her husband, Goah Columbus "Rags" Ragsdale, in 1985; and by her parents; two brothers; three sisters; and one son-in-law, C. Randolph Warner.  

Granny is survived by her daughters, Phyllis Anne Hitt and husband Mel of Kenner, La., and Barbara Sue Warner (Mrs. C. Randolph) of Little Rock; grandchildren, Coty Haynes of Cabot, Holly Haynes of Little Rock, and Larson Haynes of Minnesota; two great-grandchildren, Chase Haynes of Little Rock and Dillon Haynes of Minnesota; her sister, Beatrice (Babe) Wilcox of El Dorado; one niece, Loraine Berlin of El Dorado; and two special friends, Beth Haynes and Terry Ruffin.  

Service arrangements are by Griffin Leggett Healey and Roth Funeral Home, 5800 W. 12th St., Little Rock, (501) 661-9111.  Graveside services will be Friday, Jan. 28, 2005, at 10 a.m. at El Dorado at Arlington Cemetery.  

Granny was a wonderful homemaker, beloved mother and grandmother.  She was very active and dedicated to her church, the First Methodist Church in Fort Smith.  She loved her church circles, Sunday school class, Pacesetters, and never met a stranger.  Her favorite pastime was talking to everyone.  You could leave the room, come back thirty minutes later and she was still talking as if you had never left.  

The family thanks the staff of Arkansas Hospice for their special love and care for Granny.  Special thanks to Kannan, and nurses Jan, Penny and David.  

In Little Rock, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Arkansas Hospice, 5600 W. 12th St., Little Rock, AR 72204; or St. James United Methodist Church, 321 Pleasant Valley Drive, Little Rock, AR 72212.  

In Fort Smith, memorial contributions may be made to First Methodist Church, 200 N. 15th, Fort Smith, AR 72901.


  1. Obituary of Ruth Henshaw Ragsdale; the "Times Record", Jan 27 2005:
  2. 1920 census, Ecore Fabre Township, Ouachita County, Arkansas; roll T625-75, ED 143, page 4B, line #21, dwelling #73, family #73.
  3. 1930 census, Camden, Ecore Fabre Township, Ouachita County, Arkansas; roll T626-86, ED 9, page 3B, line #55, dwelling #56, family #60.

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