Jack A. Ratliff, 87, of Gallipolis, and formerly of Vinton, Ohio, passed away at his residence on June 18, 2013, after a short battle with cancer. Jack was born March 7, 1926, in Harold, Kentucky. He was the son of the late George B. And Gypsy Layne Ratliff. In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded by his wife of 57 years, Eulavene Ratliff; a son, Russell Arnold; brothers and sisters, Raymond, Buford, Olan, Lois, Betty Jo Ratliff, and daughter-in-law, Judy (French) Ratliff.
Jack was a man of service who early in his life chose to serve his country in the U. S. Army. He participated in our country’s battle for the Philippines as a member of a unit that received two bronze stars. He was honorably discharged and returned to his home where he served his community as a diesel and auto mechanic and later as the owner/operator of Ratliff Auto Service in Vinton, Ohio. Jack was a member of Deer Creek Freewill Baptist Church since 1965 where he served as deacon and Sunday School teacher.
He is survived by his wife, Louise Ratliff, who he married December 6, 2002; four sons, Bill (Linda) Ratliff, Vinton, Ohio, Kenny (Kelli) Ratliff, Gallipolis, Ohio, Bobby (Penny) Ratliff, Evergreen, Ohio, Jim (Debbie) Ratliff, Huntington, West Virginia; seven grandchildren, Jeff, Christie (Mark), Steve, Kelly, Katie, Kari, Brian (Jamie), and ten great-grandchildren. Also surviving is one brother, George Ratliff, Vinton, Ohio, and many special friends including Eddie and Freda Kinney, Vinton, Ohio.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 22, 2013, at the Deer Creek Freewill Baptist Church, Vinton, Ohio, with Pastor Mickey Maynard officiating. Burial will follow in Vinton Memorial Park with full Military Grave Side Rites conducted by Vinton American Legion Post 161. Friends may call at the McCoy-Moore Funeral Home, Vinton, on Friday, June 21 from 6-8 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Bill, Kenny, Bobby, Jim, Jeff, Steve, Brian and Mark.
Condolences may be sent to mccoymoore.com.