Tommy Lee Ratliff
Tommy Lee Ratliff went home to be with the Lord Jan. 22, 2019. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Ratliff; brother, Richard (Junior) Moser; paternal grandparents, Elijah and Julia Bryant Ratliff; and maternal grandparents, Fred and Abilene McFalls Autrey. Tommy cherished the outdoors and loved working in the yard tending all he planted and grew. Riding motorcycles and hiking were his favorite pastimes, enjoying in both, the beauty of the mountains. Tommy was a fun-loving practical joker, never missing an opportunity to tease or aggravate and always having the time to stop and talk with everyone he would meet.
Left to cherish Tommy’s memory is his loving wife of 44 years, Ronda Young Ratliff (Kitty); a son, Matthew Garrett Ratliff; his mother, Wilma Moser, and her companion in life, Archie Williams, of Spruce Pine; brother, Richard (Francis) Heaton, of Spruce Pine; sisters, Bonnie (Ron) Smith, of Marion, Loretta (Eddie) Fields, of Spruce Pine, and Barbara (Rick) Wyatt, of Spruce Pine; best Friend, Roger Garland, of Bakersville; and brother and sister by love, Tommy and Sonna (Bug) Twiggs, of the Lick Log Community. Many nieces, nephews and his cat, Bitsy, who has been a faithful companion throughout his illness, also survive.
Memorial services are 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, in the Chapel of Yancey Funeral Services. The Rev. Mark Stout will officiate. The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. before the services at the funeral home.
The family would like to thank Hospice and Palliative Care of Blue Ridge, the doctors, nurses and support staff of the Blue Ridge Cancer Center, Mission and St. Joseph’s hospitals. Instead of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Blue Ridge, 236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine, NC 28777. Visit www.yanceyfuneralservice.com to send online condolences.
Mitchell News-Journal • Jan. 30, 2019