OBITUARY

David "Pops" Gayland Ratliff Sr.

February 12, 1938January 27, 2019
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David Gayland "Pops" Ratliff Sr., age 80, passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2019, surrounded by his family.

Gayland was born February 12, 1938, in Anson County to James and Clara Ratliff. "Pops" enjoyed sports and gardening, but most of all he loved his family. He had been a member of Westchester Baptist Church for over forty years.

Gayland worked in the food distribution industry retiring from Sysco Food Service.

Gayland was preceded in death by his parents James and Clara Ratliff; brothers Andrew Ratliff and Aaron Ratliff; and sisters Esther Preslar and Edna Rogers.

Survivors include Gayland's wife of 60 years, Peggy Tice Ratliff; son David G. Ratliff, Jr. (Nancy Jo Mabe Ratliff); daughters Sherry Ratliff Pearson and Terri Ratliff; grandchildren Hannah Ratliff and Ben Ratliff; brothers Delton Ratliff and Dallas Ratliff; sisters Ernestine Brooks and Avis Crowley; many nieces and nephews and many special friends. A visitation for Gayland will be held Wednesday, January 30, 2019, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Sechrest Funeral Service in High Point. The family will also receive friends Thursday, January 31, 2019, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Westchester Baptist Church with a funeral service at 2:00 PM. Burial will follow at Guilford Memorial Park in Greensboro.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Gayland's memory may be made to Westchester Baptist Church, PO Box 5188, High Point, North Carolina 27262; or Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, North Carolina 27262.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared with the Ratliff family at www.SechrestFunerals.com.

Sechrest Funeral Service of High Point is honored to serve the Ratliff Family.

  • FAMILY

  • James and Clara Ratliff, Parents
  • Peggy Tice Ratliff, Wife
  • Terri Ratliff, Daughter
  • Sherry Ratliff Pearson, Daughter
  • David G. Ratliff Jr. and Wife Nancy Jo, Son
  • Hannah Ratliff, Granddaughter
  • Ben Ratliff, Grandson
  • Esther Preslar, Sister
  • Edna Rogers, Sister
  • Ernestine Brooks, Sister
  • Avis Crowley, Sister
  • Andrew Ratliff, Brother
  • Aaron Ratliff, Brother
  • Delton Ratliff, Brother
  • Dallas Ratliff, Brother
  • Gayland is also survived by nieces and nephews.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Aaron Kennedy
  • Rick Perryman
  • Everette Hubbard
  • Mark Snyder
  • Paul Sharpstene
  • Brian Ratliff
  • Johnny Goins

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, January 30, 2019
  • Visitation Thursday, January 31, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 31, 2019
REMEMBERING

David "Pops" Gayland Ratliff Sr.

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Jay Ratliff

January 30, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. I had so many great memories as a child visiting Peggy and Gayland. Playing cards with them and my parents, Julia and Frank Ratliff was the best of times. Heaven has surely received a new saint.

Sal Baglione

January 29, 2019

Met Gayland and his family while on vacation with my family in North Myrtle Beach over 16 years ago. Would meet every year and talk on vacation and kept in touch through the years. We just hit it off and the reason why is because he had such a LOVE for his family and cherished the time he got to spend with them. Would spend time talking about the importance of our families and had a lot of fun talking politics. Even though we didn’t spend much time together I feel I lost such a good friend. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family.

GLENDA TEETER

January 29, 2019

One of the most vivid memories I have of Gayland is watching him "on mission" at WBC. Time and time again I saw him standing over a deep sink scrubbing pots and pans. If there was anything taking place in the kitchen, Gayland was involved. His servant heart was evident in what we might call the little things that God calls ministry. Harold and I are praying for peace and comfort for his family and friends in the days ahead.

Jill Harwood

January 28, 2019

We were blessed to know Gayland. He and Peggy are so special to us and
Westchester Baptist Church. God bless your family . Love Jill and Roy.

Janita Soares

January 28, 2019

I will miss Gayland, he was always so kind. I enjoyed conversations I had with him. Prayers and love to the family.

Cindy and Wesley Ratliff

January 28, 2019

SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS FOR THE FAMILY.

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Biography

David Gayland "Pops" Ratliff Sr., age 80, passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2019, surrounded by his family.

Gayland was born February 12, 1938, in Anson County to James and Clara Ratliff. "Pops" enjoyed sports and gardening, but most of all he loved his family. He had been a member of Westchester Baptist Church for over forty years.

Gayland worked in the food distribution industry retiring from Sysco Food Service.

Gayland was preceded in death by his parents James and Clara Ratliff; brothers Andrew Ratliff and Aaron Ratliff; and sisters Esther Preslar and Edna Rogers.

Survivors include Gayland's wife of 60 years, Peggy Tice Ratliff; son David G. Ratliff, Jr. (Nancy Jo Mabe Ratliff); daughters Sherry Ratliff Pearson and Terri Ratliff; grandchildren Hannah Ratliff and Ben Ratliff; brothers Delton Ratliff and Dallas Ratliff; sisters Ernestine Brooks and Avis Crowley; many nieces and nephews and many special friends.

A visitation for Gayland will be held Wednesday, January 30, 2019, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Sechrest Funeral Service in High Point. The family will also receive friends Thursday, January 31, 2019, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Westchester Baptist Church with a funeral service at 2:00 PM. Burial will follow at Guilford Memorial Park in Greensboro.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Gayland's memory may be made to Westchester Baptist Church, PO Box 5188, High Point, NC 27262; or Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Dr., High Point, NC 27262.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared with the Ratliff family at www.SechrestFunerals.com. Sechrest Funeral Service of High Point is honored to serve the Ratliff Family.