For 16 years Ronald was co-owner, vice president, and art director of Percivall Advertising and also a subsidiary company: Agri-Select, a direct mail marketing company.

The variety of his work was very interesting, from small companies to large corporations such as General Electric and Ford Motor Company. He even designed a building for a fast food restaurant and the ad campaign for a presidential candidate.

He has won local and national awards for his advertising art.

Before retirement Ronald represented Lockwood Publishing Co. of New York while keeping his office in Raleigh. The advertising art he did for Lockwood Publishing was seen all over the world, a long way from Miss May White's first grade class.

Ronald's hobbies are weight lifting and his 1957 Bel Air Chevrolet. He's also won first place trophies in these competitions.

His best award of all is his great family: a wife of over 50 years, 2 sons, a daughter, and 5 grandchildren.

The collector prints that he now paints are currently being displayed in 43 states and Canada. He looks forward to the rest of the world collecting his prints through the internet.

As seen on the cover of the Happy Jack catalog.

Ronald Ragland is a 1956 graduate of the internationally known Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida.

The collector prints that he paints take us back to another time and place, when the sky was clear and the air was cleaner. He says that he also keeps the price and shipping simple to go along with this theme.

His background in art goes back to the time when he was a first grade farm boy. His teacher recognized his talent and assigned him a 6 foot mural to paint while the other childern were being taught to read. In high school, he had the expected job of art editor of the annuals and other school related projects.

After graduating from Ringling School of Art, Ronald worked for Ferree Art Studios in Raleigh where he learned many new skills.

Ragland at right presents a painting of the new
M-60 tank to Maj. General R. J. Butchers at a special military ceremony at Ft. Knox, KY, Sept. 6, 1960. The painting was later displayed at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

In 1959 he was drafted and was lucky enough to be assigned as an Army artist in Ft. Knox, Kentucky. During his 2 years he won National Army Awards for his poster designs and Army training art. Ronald received world-wide attention through the "Army Times" and all the major newspapers in the U.S. for his painting of the new M-60 tank that later hung in the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. (see photo).

After the Army, he went back to advertising and later went to Kings College at night and received a degree in business through the G.I. Bill.


  Recently there was an article published on Ronald in the Butner-Creedmoor News, authored by Hart Curl.


Whenever I hear from my friend Ronald Ragland of Raleigh, I rejoice that he, as always, sends along one of his very latest pictures that he has painstakingly painted. (Look above!) Ronald is really loaded with talent. He has the knack of making scenes look so real!

He has had a very successful career of 40 years as a commercial artist and 2 years as an Army artist.

His first 20 years as a youth were spent on a farm south of Oxford where he worked with mules. After graduating from Oxford High School, he put up his mule and caught a bus to Sarasota, Florida, where he attended and graduated from Ringling School of Art. (After he retired he said that he really missed the mules).

Ronald remembers Creedmoor as a youth mainly for the Chappell Mule Sales Center, which at one time was one of the largest of its kind in the world. Of course, he also remembers all the soldiers that were there during World War II, and who could forget the world's largest sawdust pile just north of Creedmoor at Whitfield-Parrish Lumber Company?

Ronald went to Chappells Mule Sales several times with his father, Hugh Ragland, to buy a new mule and it made a lifetime impression on him.

  He worked with horses and mules, but soon found out that the mule was the best. The Mules have a strong sense of self-preservation and cannot be forced to work themselves to death as horses (and some people) can.

For those who don't know the history of mules, more than 500,000 mules served the allied armies in World War I and II. Thousands were killed in action. The American Legion considers those mules to be veterans. Ronald also remembers seeing those U.S. mules at Camp Butner at the end of the war. The mule was indispensable in building American highways, hauling, railroads, construction, and farms.

This new collector print by Ragland is titled, "Old Country Pride", a 16x20 print painted in full color. Anyone interested in a print can call Ronald Ragland at 919-876-8747 in Raleigh or log on to All of his prints have a connection to Granville County.

By the way, the man in the picture is his father, Hugh Ragland, who is pictured at age 80 when he was still going strong, which reminds Ronald of a quote from this column: "Is a man better off for having to endure bumper-to-bumper traffic on hot, clogged, exhaust-ridden thoroughfares than his forefathers who toiled in the fields and woods?" Think about it.


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