Born Dec. 15, 1929, in Alva, Miss., he was the son of the late Ivan Dewitt and Lillie Viola McCain Ratliff, he was a U.S. Army veteran, a member of the Caruthersville Masonic Lodge, a past member of the Masonic Lodge of Hayti, and a member of the Oak Grove Baptist Church.
On Nov. 4, 1950, in Piggott, Ark., he married Mary Francis "Pete" Ross Ratliff, who survives. Ratliff was a service foreman for the Pemiscot-Dunklin Electric Co-op for an amazing 46 years, but his biggest love was playing with his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, a son, Jack Ratliff, of Kennett; a daughter, Deamonda Jo Carnell and husband, Gary, of Bragg City, Mo.; brothers, Bill Ratliff, of Arnold, Mo., and Charles Ratliff, of St. Louis, Mo.; a sister, Yvonne Wheeler, of High Ridge, Mo.; two grandsons, Jack Davis, Jr. and wife, Leah, of Bragg City and Patrick Ratliff of Kennett; three granddaughters, Andrea Hopper and husband, Jeff, of Blytheville, Ark., and Tori and Jae Ratliff of Kennett; three great-grandchildren, Lindsey Davis of Bragg City, and Hannah and Haley Hopper, of Blytheville, Ark., and other survivors, Jack Davis, Sr. and his family.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Eralynn Davis, and two brothers, Marlon and Hollis Ratliff.
Visitation was held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, at the McDaniel Funeral Home in Kennett.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., today, Sunday, Sept. 30, in the Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Kennett, with Rev. Ricky Williams officiating.