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Barbara Laverne Sizemore Ratliff
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Obituary for Barbara Laverne Sizemore Ratliff

Barbara Laverne Sizemore Ratliff, 72 years of age of Grundy, VA, passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at her home with her family by her side. Born January 11, 1946 in Grundy, VA, she was the daughter of the late Carl Owen Sizemore and Virginia Pearl Repass Sizemore.

Barbara was a faithful Christian and member of Grundy Baptist Church, where she was a former Sunday School teacher and Vacation Bible School teacher. She was a member of Eastern Star, enjoyed helping others, walking and gardening, but most of all, spending time with her grandchildren. Barbara was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother Earl Owen “Butch” Sizemore.

Survivors include her loving husband of fifty-one years Johnnie Paul Ratliff of Grundy, VA; daughters Lynn Ellen Ratliff of Grundy, VA, Carla Renee McCurdy and husband Michael of Norton, VA; sisters Carolyn Trabant of Franklin, TN, Mary Jane Dotson of Cunningham, TN; grandchildren Caleb Jeremiah McCurdy, Makayla Lynn McCurdy; aunt Ann Santmyer of Oceana, WV; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral service for Barbara Laverne Sizemore Ratliff will be held at the Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home Chapel of Grundy, VA, Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. with her Nephew Jason Dotson, Reverend Lynn Ratliff and Pastor Shea Shrader officiating. Burial will follow in the Mountain Valley Memorial Park, Big Rock, VA.

Active pallbearers will be her family and friends.

The family will receive friends at the Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home Chapel, Friday, March 23, after 6:00 p.m. with a song service being held at 7:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to Alzheimer’s Tennessee/Southwest Virginia at 2319 Browns Mill Road, Ste. D6, Johnson City, TN 37604.

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The family of Barbara Laverne Sizemore Ratliff have entrusted the care of their loved one to Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home of Grundy, VA.

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6:00 PM
Shortridge-Ramey - Grundy

1021 Six Twentey Mile Branch Road
Grundy, VA 24614

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1:00 PM
Shortridge-Ramey - Grundy

1021 Six Twentey Mile Branch Road
Grundy, VA 24614

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Mountain Valley Memorial Park

32355 Riverside Drive
Big Rock, VA 24603


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