James F. Reagan, 76, of Stafford County, passed away Saturday, December 2, 2017 at his home.
Mr. Reagan was a faithful member of Ferry Farm Baptist Church where he served as deacon, Sunday School teacher, and trustee. He worked at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren for 36 years where he was instrumental in the implementation of the AEGIS combat system and received several meritorious service awards.
Survivors include his wife Vivian L. Reagan; children Judith Reagan of Elbert, CO and Karen Reagan of Fayetteville, NC; grandchildren Michael J. Fedowitz III and Reagan C. Fedowitz; sisters Reva Choate and Jimmie Nell Garrett, both of Jamestown, TN; and numerous nieces, nephews, and special friends.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, December 6 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.
A service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, December 7 at Ferry Farm Baptist Church. Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg
Wednesday December 6th, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
4801 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Oak Hill Cemetery
Thursday December 7th, 2017
1902 Plank Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Ferry Farm Baptist Church
Thursday December 7th, 2017
1 Westmoreland Drive
Fredericksburg , VA 22401
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As a freshman at Mary Washington, I was brought to Ferry Farm Baptist Church by a friend and, along with my now husband, it quickly became our "home church" while at college. Mr. Jim was the college Sunday School teacher and could not have made us feel more loved and welcomed. From his warm muffins on Sunday mornings to his active involvement in the BSU (BCM) at Mary Washington, he made us college students feel SO loved and welcomed. Each Sunday, he would be so passionate about scripture and teaching us about God's love, that he would have tears in his eyes; he was so in love with the Lord. When Ferry Farm brought dinner to the BSU each semester, Mr. Jim was always there and was always smiling and giving hugs. As the local missions coordinator who also helped raise money to support the BSU's sponsored child through Compassion International, I was often making an announcement weekly that we needed more money to reach the month's goal. I know Mr. Jim gave selflessly on many occasions to allow us to easily and meet and exceed that goal, knowing the limited resources of us college students. I cannot imagine my & my husband's lives without the love and support of Mr. Jim during our time at Mary Washington. Thinking back, I told my husband, "Every college student needs a Mr. Jim: someone to love and support them during this critical transitional period in their lives; someone to passionately remind them how much Jesus loves them." I thank God SO much for leading me to Ferry Farm and to this wonderful, wonderful man. I can only imagine Jesus greeting him in Heaven with the words, "Well done...good and faithful servant." ~Jennifer [Nash] Becker (& Matthew Becker)
Submitted by Jennifer Nash Becker on Dec 9 2017 08:44:04 PM
Mrs. Reagan, Judy, and Karen,
A beautiful service today. Sorry I did not get to speak to you today. Praying for your family.
Karen will you please tell Judy I am thinking of you all.
Tina Crouse Rhea
Submitted by Tina Rhea on Dec 7 2017 05:53:06 PM
May the God of love and tender mercies Jehovah give you all
peace and comfort now. Revelation 21:3-5
Wayne & Joan Ball
Submitted by Joan Ball on Dec 7 2017 11:58:15 AM
Jim Reagan was a friend but he was much, much more – he was first class, a person everyone respected. Jim and I reported to Dahlgren on the same day in 1967. We went through check-in, physicals and all that stuff together. We did not work in the same laboratory or department, but we ran into each other from time-to-time. It was more than 10 years later that we began to see each other on a more frequent basis as we both worked on the Aegis Program. It was always a situation where Jim was explaining something to me that I did not understand. He was an expert on computers and computer programming; and, he was one of those rare people who could take a very difficult subject and explain it to a layman. But he was also good at explaining tough things to professionals. It was Jim that got me to understand a computing concept called “open system” when physicists like me thought all systems are “closed.” He became the “go to guy,” even after he retired from Dahlgren, when matters turned more “digital.” On the Meyer Study, he was up in Washington every time we called, which was frequent. He had an easy smile and quick laugh and could make you feel at ease, even in your own ignorance. He was special and he has left a space not easy to fill. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends – he left an indelible mark on us all and we are richer because of him. Bob Gray
Submitted by Bob Gray on Dec 6 2017 05:29:35 PM
Debbie and Wayne Lucas lit a candle for James F. Reagan
Debbie and Wayne Lucas lit a candle on Dec 6 2017 03:24:08 PM
Dear Vivian, Judy, Karen & family,
We have such fond memories of Jim & all the years at Ferry Farm Baptist Church - watching our children grow up. It was an honor to call Jim our friend - he set an example for all of us to follow. Please know our thoughts & prayers are with each of you during this time.
Sincerely, Boyd & Kathy
Submitted by Boyd & Kathy Blevins on Dec 6 2017 11:00:19 AM
I extend my deepest condolences to the family for the loss of this special person. We worked together the last few years of our careers, and Jim was a mentor, friend, and dedicated, intelligent worker for the Navy. His faith was also always evident in his words and actions. He will be missed by all who knew him. Peggy Brown
Submitted by Peggy Brown on Dec 6 2017 10:09:53 AM
Words can not convey the influence and impact Jim has had on me in my life. As a young boy growing up in Ferry Farm through the present, he was always there in many, many ways for me and my family. We are all so lucky to have had him in our lives. He now resides with God above and a great addition to heaven. I will miss him and think of him often. May God bless and comfort Vivian and all the family at this time.
Submitted by Bobby & Judy Dunigan on Dec 6 2017 07:39:14 AM
Jim was a very dear friend. He was an inspiration to me for several years, as I am sure for many others. Heaven is rejoicing today as he resides there. He was a very dear and loving person, always there when the need for a prayer or a friendly face came around. Prayers for his family during this sad time. God is good!
Submitted by Chuck & Maryellen Courtland on Dec 6 2017 05:27:07 AM
Karen and Family,
Sorry to read of Mr. Reagan’s passing. Many years ago as a new believer your Dad gave me some encouraging words about following Christ that I have always remembered. He was a wonderful example of Christ to so many. His love for his Lord and for his family was evident throughout his life. May the Lord provide peace and comfort to each of you during this difficult time. Your family will be in my prayers. In Christ
Submitted by David Mowry on Dec 5 2017 09:35:04 PM
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