Ray Stevens’ Wife Penny Jackson Ragsdale Has Died At 78

Country Singer Ray Stevens’ Wife, Penny Jackson Ragsdale, Has Died At 78
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The wife of Country Music Hall of Famer Ray Stevens – Penny Jackson Ragsdale – has died on New Year’s Eve, no later than midnight, at the couple’s home in Nashville.


In an earlier Facebook post, two days before Ragsdale’s death, the 82-year-old singer reached out to fans with the sad news about his wife’s deteriorating condition following a lengthy battle with cancer.

It has revealed that Penny “has had a prolonged illness and has suddenly and rapidly progressed to the end-of-life stage.” The heartbreaking post came with a throwback monochrome photo showing Stevens and his adorable wife.

Due to Ragsdale’s rapid decline, Stevens was also forced to cancel his New Year’s Eve concert in a theater center, CabaRay, in order to be by his wife’s side.

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