Earl Gordon Ratliff

April 10, 1926February 22, 2013

RATLIFF, Earl Gordon, 86, of Henrico, passed away February 22, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jewell Diane Ratliff. While on a scholarship at Duke University, he was drafted into the Army during WWII. Earl returned from the war and graduated from the University of Richmond. He was a member of the WORTS Club, Spiders Club, and Rectors Club of the University of Richmond, Portsmouth Naval Lodge No. 100, Charter member of the Portsmouth Scottish Rite Bodies, 50 year member of ACCA Temple Shrine, Past Commander of the ACCA Legion of Honor, Patron 7 times of the Eastern Star, member of the ELKS Lodge, Past President of the Cheswick Walking Club, and was a member of the 70th Army Infantry Division Association. He was owner of Commercial Sound of Virginia. He volunteered at the Food Bank, picking up and delivering food seven days a week for 17 years. Earl and Jewell traveled extensively at home and abroad. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26, at the Parham Chapel of Woody Funeral Home, 1771 N. Parham Rd., with Masonic and ELKS services beginning at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 1pm, on Wednesday, February 27, at the funeral home. Interment Greenwood Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations to Shriners Hospital For Children, Greensville Hospital or ACCA Temple Shrine, 1712 Bellevue Ave., Richmond. Condolences at: www.woodyfuneralhome


  • Visitation Tuesday, February 26, 2013
  • Visitation Tuesday, February 26, 2013
  • Masonic and Elks Services Tuesday, February 26, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Earl Gordon Ratliff

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Faith Marotto

March 2, 2013

Dear Jewell, I was so sorry to hear about your husband, Earl, passing away. I wish you deepest sympathy. He will truly be missed. Faith Marotto, Henrico, VA

izetta perkins

March 2, 2013

Dear Jewell. I so enjoyed meeting you and Earl at the San Antonio 7Oth reunion.My deepest sympathy to you. izetta perkins

Frank Hawkins

February 27, 2013

Dear Jewell, your WWHS Classmates extend our sincere condolences in the loss of your most honored husband, Earl. We do appreciate all he has contributed over the years. Our prayers and thoughts are with you - Love - All of us!

Lydia Driggers

February 26, 2013

dear Jewell,
I was so sorry to read about the passing of your husband. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Lydia Driggers

Donald O. "SPEC" CAMPEN , JR.

February 25, 2013

JEWELL, it was my great pleasure to have known you both and enjoyed your enlightening personalities and joy of living, but, my loss as only knew ya'll for about 4 years,

AS THE POST "A", PRESIDENT in Richmond,Va. and the VIRGINIA STATE PRESIDENT of THE TRAVELERS PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION Of America, ya'll's generous contributions ,service to communities were meaningful to many as you supported the Mission OF T P A.
Our T P A expresses incereest sympathies to you and kin of of all.

February 25, 2013

My family's life has been richer because of the friendship with you and Earl. He will be truly missed.
Maureen Radford

mike radford

February 25, 2013

Jewell, The Radford family was so lucky to become your friends in our time at the U of R. Richmond was made better because or you love for her!

Billy Raabe

February 25, 2013

Jewell, we are very sorry to hear about Earl, I remember all the good times you and Earl had at my mom and dads house during the years and at Christmas. Just the other day, we were looking at the trip my parents took with you and Earl in his van across country to Las Vagas. Great memories of Earl. He was a very funny man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Billy and Sandy Raabe

February 25, 2013

Our sincere sympathy to Jewell, family and friends. Earl was part of the GREAT SOCIETY and will always be remembered! Past Commander 2001, Legion
of Honor. Deryl & Mary White