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Denis Racine Ratliff
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Obituary for Denis Racine Ratliff

Denis Racine Ratliff age 92 of Pikeville, Kentucky passed away Thursday, July 12, 2018 at his home.
Denis was born at Hellier, Kentucky on June 1, 1926 the son of the late Pankie and Mary Sanders Ratliff.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Gordon Finley Ratliff.
He is survived by his wife, Patia Lee Massey Ratliff, one son, Denis Lee (Shirley) Ratliff of Johnson City, TN, two daughters, Mary Donna Foley of Russell Springs, KY and Becky Jane Justice (Earl) of Shelbiana, KY
He is also survived by four grandchildren, Denis Cleveland Justice, Becky Lynn Przygoda, Amy Elizabeth Hixon and Nathan Andrew Ratliff and six great-grandchildren plus expecting one.
Drafted into the US Army at age 18 at the end of WWII, he served his country in Japan and the Philippines.
He graduated in 1949 from Bowling Green College of Commerce with a BS Degree in Commerce with a Major in Business Administration and a Minor in Accounting.
On his 25th birthday in 1951, he married Patia Lee Massey, daughter of Kennred Augusta and Sarah Jane Massey.
He worked as a bookkeeper for coal companies, was over the business office and worked as Comptroller at Pikeville College for 14 years, then worked at Citizen's Bank as Internal Auditor until his retirement.
He was a Kentucky Colonel, Past Master of Thomas C. Cecil Lodge, Member of Anna O. Young Chapter of the Eastern Star, Member of El Hasa Shrine, and a Member of the American Veterans.
He enjoyed traveling, gardening, camping, and square dancing. He was a master woodworker and maker of fine Shaker Oval boxes.
He and Patia were baptized on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2005 at Grace Baptist Church, Shelbiana, Ky.

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6:00 PM
J.W. Call and Son Funeral Home

703 Hambley Blvd.
Pikeville, Kentucky 41501





9:00 AM
J.W. Call and Son Funeral Home

703 Hambley Blvd.
Pikeville, Kentucky 41501

With Masonic Rites at 6:30 p.m. and Eastern Star Services being conducted at 7:00 p.m.





1:00 PM
J.W. Call and Son Funeral Home

703 Hambley Blvd.
Pikeville, Kentucky 41501

With Brian Horton officiating. Military Rites will be conducted at the cemetery by Johns Creek DAV Chapter 166

Cemetery Details


Annie E. Young Cemetery

Chloe Road
Shelbiana, Ky. 41501


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