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Forrest Ratliff
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Obituary for Forrest Ratliff

Forrest Ratliff, 94 years of age of Oakwood, VA, went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at Clinch Valley Medical Center, Richlands, VA. Born November 3, 1922 in Penny, KY, he was the son of the late Lonza Ratliff and Tennessee Kenny Ratliff.

Forrest was owner/operator of Garden Supply for sixty-six years and Ratliff Trucking. He was one of the organizer and stock holders of Cardinal Metals and other businesses and was a former board member of Miners and Merchant Bank. He enjoyed riding horses in his younger days, but most of all he loved to work until his health failed him. He attended Tookland Pentecostal Church, a loving father, grandfather and brother.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Myrtle Marie Damron Ratliff, sisters, Gladys Helton, Beulah Little; brothers Aubrey Ratliff and Auburn Ratliff, granddaughter Chloe Grace Ratliff and grandsons, Dustin James Ratliff and Christopher Wilson.

Survivors include his daughters, Olivia (Jerry) Wilson, Elizabeth Kay Ratliff and companion Bruce Kendoll all of Oakwood, VA; sons Forrest James “Jim” Ratliff of Oakwood, VA, David Alonzo (Kim) Ratliff of Cedar Bluff, VA; sister Shelby Little of Pikeville, KY.

He is also survived by five grandchildren: Richard Wilson, Amy Ver Beek, Carrie Ratliff, Emma Raliff and Caleb Ratliff, several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral service for Forrest Ratliff will be held at the Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home Chapel of Keen Mountain, VA, Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Wade McGeorge and Reverend Jerry Ward officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenhills Memory Gardens, Claypool Hill, VA.

Active pallbearers will be Bill Cook, Jerry Raines, Greg Smith, Roy Damron, Harold Dye, Vester Ward and Luke Wilson.

The family will receive friends at the Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home Chapel of Keen Mountain, VA after 6:00 p.m. Saturday with evening service to be held at 7:00 p.m.

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The family of Forrest Ratliff have entrusted the care of their loved one to Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home of Keen Mountain, VA.

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6:00 PM
Shortridge Ramey - Keen Mountain

1020 Big Skeggs Road
Oakwood, VA 24631

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2:00 PM
Shortridge Ramey - Keen Mountain

1020 Big Skeggs Road
Oakwood, VA 24631

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Greenhills Memory Gardens

11800 Governor G C Peery Hwy
Cedar Bluff, Virginia 24609


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