Nashville, Tenn. (Jan. 1, 2022) — Penny Jackson Ragsdale, wife of Country Music Hall of Fame member Ray Stevens, has passed following a prolonged battle with cancer. Ragsdale died at her Nashville home yesterday, Dec. 31, shortly before midnight. She was 78.  

Ragsdale is survived by Stevens, her husband of more than 60 years, two daughters, Timi and Suzi, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. 

Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days. 

*Photo credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

About Ray Stevens

Twelve-time nominated and two-time GRAMMY® Award winner Ray Stevens has spanned the generations with more than 60 years of comedic musical talent, including songs such as his multi-million selling hit “The Streak” and his classic pop standard “Everything Is Beautiful.” Throughout his career, Stevens has sold more than 40 million albums. In 2018, the music legend opened his very own Nashville entertainment venue, the CabaRay Showroom, a 35,000 square foot music venue where Stevens performs weekly live concerts. He is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, has a star on the Music City Walk of Fame, and was formally inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in the fall of 2019. 

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