Lacy "Buddy" Thomas Ratley Jr.

February 20, 1937February 28, 2018

Lacy Thomas Ratley Jr., (Buddy) age 81, passed away on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Born February 20, 1937, he was the son of the late Lacy Thomas Ratley Sr. and Bertha Mae Brown Ratley. He was a veteran of the United States Army and a truck driver for Prestige Pillow.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Benfield Ratley and a son, Donnie Harmon.

Left to cherish his memory are sons, Lacy Thomas Sinclair of SC, Scott Ratley of NC; daughters, Karen Huggins and Donna McLamb, both of SC; sisters, Pauline Hamilton, Blondelle Carter and Maxine Ratley of SC; fourteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

A Service of Remembrance will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Drum Funeral Home in Conover, NC.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 4, 2018 from 3:00 to 3:45 p.m. prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Catawba Valley Hospice House, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.


  • Receiving of Friends Sunday, March 4, 2018
  • Service of Remembrance Sunday, March 4, 2018

Lacy "Buddy" Thomas Ratley Jr.

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Dianne Lee Lee Mcclellan

March 8, 2018

Karen, Donna, Tommy, sisters snd family, I do remember Buddy Boy, as I was growing up, there in Dillon. I remember he enjoyed playing music. My dad, Kellar Lee, enjoyed playing the guitar with him. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you. Love you each and everyone. Dianne Lee McClellan.

Tara Webber

March 8, 2018

I'm sorry for your family's loss. May the God, of all comfort be with you during this difficult time. You have my condolences.

Karen Huggins

March 1, 2018

Daddy I will miss our talks and your humor you always made me laugh I love you daddy please watch over us