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Richard Louis Ratliff

RATLIFF, RICHARD LOUIS                                                        

Richard Louis Ratliff of Field Township Had Remarkable Record.  Died Early Today, Funeral Saturday Afternoon.

Richard Louis Ratliff died at the family home in Field township this morning at 9 o'clock.  Mr. Ratliff had been 
in poor health for three years. His age was 75 years.

Mr. Ratliff was one of the grand old men of Jefferson County, and was held in the highest respect by all who knew 
him in Field township and elsewhere.

He had a record for faithful, consecrated Christian service equaled by few men, and had been a member of the 
Zion M. E. Church for 50 years, and had taught the Bible class of that church a like period.  He was a deep student 
of the Bible, and was recognized as one of the most successful and efficient teachers of the Bible to be found anywhere.  
A man of deep religious convictions, his life was an inspiration to all who knew him, and he accepted an outstanding 
position in the church and the community of which he was a part.

He was a successful farmer, and taught school seven years, being a very efficient instructor and a man of excellent judgment 
in the management of the school and directing the children in the way a capable instructor can direct them.

Mr. Ratliff is survived by his widow, four sons, and one daughter.  The sons are:  Walter H., of Chicago; Dr. E. B., Springfield; 
Richard, Mt. Vernon; and Lester, and the daughter is Norma; Lester and Norma are at home.

Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. M. Jackson, will be held in Hopewell M. E. Church at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon, and 
burial will follow in the cemetery adjoining.

Date: 11-16-1933
Submitted by; Ken Richardson

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