SAVANNAH, GA - Frank Barragan, Jr., 99, a native of Savannah, Georgia, a beloved husband, father, and grandfather, and a true Southern gentleman, died on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 in Savannah Georgia. Born on September 17, 1918 in Savannah, he was the son of Frank Barragan, Sr. and Lottie Culley Barragan. Frank had a wonderful 70 year marriage with Ruth Klingon Barragan, prior to her passing in 2011. Frank and Ruth had returned to Savannah from Fayetteville NC in 2008.
As a young boy, Frank loved to play golf and was respected as one of Savannah's best junior golfers. He enjoyed a lifelong love of golf, and played many courses with family and friends throughout the United States.
Frank graduated from Armstrong Junior College in 1938. A lifelong supporter of Armstrong (now Armstrong State University), he served terms as President of the Armstrong Alumni Association and as a member of the Armstrong Foundation Board of Trustees. He was presented with the Armstrong Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1994, and in recognition of his leadership of institutions of higher learning, Frank was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by Armstrong in 2010. Frank and Ruth, who also graduated from Armstrong in 1940, together have an endowed scholarship fund with Armstrong State University.
After college, World War II interrupted his business career. Frank served with the United States Eighth Air Force, stationed at Rattlesden Air Base near Ipswich, England.
After the war, Frank first served as Treasurer and Assistant to the President with the Savannah Gas Company and began a highly successful career in the natural gas industry. Frank was serving as Acting President when he left the company in 1966 for Fayetteville.
In Savannah, Frank was very active in numerous civic organizations, including serving as President of the Savannah Kiwanis Club, Associate Chairman of the United Way, Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce, and as a member of the Board of Education. Frank also was a member of the Georgia Bar.
In 1967, he became President and CEO of the North Carolina Natural Gas Corporation (NCNG), headquartered in Fayetteville, NC. During his 27 year period there, Frank led the company in an expansion throughout eastern North Carolina, bringing natural gas to thousands of homes and dozens of industries. In 1989 he was also named Chairman of NCNG. To honor his work there, the NCNG's Board of Directors named the company liquefied natural gas facility in Johnston County after Frank. Upon his retirement in 1993, Frank was named Chairman Emeritus of NCNG.
While residing in Fayetteville, Frank served as a member of the Fayetteville Kiwanis Club, the Military Affairs Committee of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, and of the Fayetteville Library Building Fund. In addition he served as Treasurer of the Fayetteville Economic Development Board of Directors, as a Director of the Fayetteville Board for First Union National Bank, and as a Director of the Methodist University Board of Trustees, serving multiple terms as Chairman of the latter. In 1993, he was named Chairman Emeritus of the Methodist University Board of Trustees, and in his honor the Frank Barragan, Jr. Scholarship Fund at Methodist University was endowed.
During his career, Frank also served as a Director and as President of the Southern Gas Association, as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Gas Association (AGA), and as a member of the Inner Flame Honorary Society of AGA.
Frank enjoyed membership in The Hibernian Society of Savannah and was a member of St Patrick's Catholic Church in Fayetteville. Frank also was involved in various social organizations in Savannah, Wilmington, and in Fayetteville.
Mostly though, Frank loved his large family. He enjoyed family gatherings at the beach, in golf outings, and at dinners so very much. He is survived by his sister, Patricia Barragan Schreck, his daughter, Susan Barragan Fitzpatrick (John), son Joseph Bruce Barragan (Mary), son Frank Klingon Barragan (Gaye), and daughter Ruthie Barragan Clark (Preston); by his 10 grandchildren John Louis Barragan Fitzpatrick (Catherine), Maggie Tiller Barragan, Mollie Kathleen Barragan, Elizabeth Culley Barragan Triplett (Todd), Frances Elizabeth Barragan, Frank Battle Barragan (fiancee Amanda), Matthew Bruce Barragan, Robert Preston Clark, Jr., William Barragan Clark (Justine), Marianna Clark Steele (Eric); and by his 8 great grandchildren Annie Cate Fitzpatrick, Amelia Claire Fitzpatrick, JoHannah Ruth Morgan, David Collin Morgan, Airlie Britt Clark, Adley Belle Clark, Beau Barragan Steele and Hampton Clark Steele. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
Frank was predeceased by his brother, James Culley Barragan (Marjorie) of Dallas, Texas, and by his sisters Elizabeth Barragan Bickers (Charles Daniel) of Gainesville, Georgia, and Sr. Nancy Fidelis Barragan, RSM, of Savannah. He was also predeceased by a daughter-in-law, Barbara Tiller Barragan (Bruce) of Spartanburg, South Carolina, and by a nephew, Michael Anthony Barragan (Beverly) of Dallas, Texas.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist officiated by Frank's nephews, Fr. Gerry Schreck and Msgr. Chris Schreck.
In lieu of flowers, friends may consider making a donation in Frank's memory to the Frank Barragan, Jr. Endowed Scholarship Fund with Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC.
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