Obituaries - Oklahoma - 1955 - Mittie Ragsdale

Women Killed When Struck By Car Here

Fog is blamed in tragic accident; Rites are slated

Time ran out for an Ardmore women Tuesday night in rapid sequence from kind deeds to death, and she became Carter County's 13th traffic fatality of 1955.

Dead is Miss. Mittie Ragsdale, 67, a retired telephone operator who lived at 125 Stanley.

While walking across Stanley to her home about 6:20 last night, she was struck by a 1949 Ford Sedan driven by a 16-year-old Harold Sherrod Pittman, 812 Douglas Blvd., son of Mr. & Mrs. J.O. Pittman and a junior in Ardmore High School, police revealed here.

A little more than two hours later, at 8:35, Mrs. Ragsdale died at Memorial Hospital as a result of the injuries.

Her body was taken to Harvey Funeral Home where she had been only about three hours before, shortly before the accident. Miss Ragsdale and a neighbor, Mrs. E. A. Stringer, had been at Harvey's to pay last respects to another neighbor, the late Mrs. Fannie M. Tidmore who is to be buried today.

Mrs. Stringer lives across Stanley from Miss Ragsdale. When the two friends returned from the visit to Harveys' it was dark and foggy. Mrs. Stringer is partly blind, and Miss Ragsdale escorted her to the door.

Then Miss Ragsdale started across the street to her own home and stepped into a path of Pittman's car.

Ardmore police ruled that the accident was unavoidable. The fog and mist cut visibility, and the pavement was wet enough to make braking of the car difficult. The youth was not held.

Officers Charlie Beane and Buck Houchin made the investigation. The police reported Pittman was going only about 25 miles per hour when the women stepped into the path of the car.

Miss Ragsdale was born in Healdton and her parents died when she was very young. She was reared by a Rev. and Mrs. Tom Pickens somewhere in Oklahoma. Exact location could not be learned.

Miss Ragsdale's death raised the state highway fatality toll to 567, compared with 561 at this time a year ago.

Funeral Rites

Services for Miss Ragsdale, to be conducted by Dr. Ira E. Williams, pastor, First Methodist Church, are set for 2 p.m., Thursday in Harvey Chapel. Burial is to be Rose Hill Cemetery on Oklahoma.

Miss Ragsdale is survived by four nieces, Mrs. J. R. Dulaney, 1702 4th Avenue SW; Mrs. Paul E. Johnson, 171 6th Avenue SW; Mrs. Margaret Jarvis and Mrs. Edna Reid, Fort Worth, Texas; and three nephews, James W. Carter, Raymond Carter and George W. Carter, Jr., also of Fort Worth, Texas.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Jim Ragsdale, who died in May 1942, and a sister, Mrs. George Carter, who died last year.

Source: "Daily Ardmorite" in Ardmore, OK on page 1; dated December 21, 1955:

Submitted by: Toni Hornak