Herbert Eugene “Gene” Ratliff – Obituary

By  | December 2, 2012 | Filed under: Exclude Bondsmen, Obituaries

Herbert Eugene “Gene” Ratliff, 83, Decatur, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at Dekalb Regional Hospital.
He was born Dec. 16, 1928, in Birmingham, Ala. He was retired from General MotorsAcceptance Corp. for 35 years and retired from the Alabama National Guard after 30 years of service as a Lieutenant Co. Signal Corps USAR. He was a member of Central Baptist Church, Decatur. He was a Korean War veteran. He served from 1951 to 1952 with the 1343rd Engineer Combat Battalion Decatur National Guard. He was an active member of Shorty’s Boys of Decatur High School.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Carolyn Cowan Ratliff; parents, Thomas and Pauline Ratliff; brother, Thomas Ratliff, Jr.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, at Roselawn Funeral Home chapel, with Dr. Pat McFadden officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery, Hanceville.
Survivors include his daughter, Deborah Ratliff Bates (Phil), of Fort Payne; sister, Peggy Ratliff Craft, of Birmingham; granddaughter, Cara Bates Burnett (Ben), of Auburn; grandson, Judson Philip Bates (Jessica), of Birmingham; great-granddaughter, Ellie Parker Gunter.
Pallbearers will be Judson Bates, Ben Burnett, Thomas Craft, Steven Ratliff, Bobby Hesfla Phil Bates.
Honorary bearers will be Charlie Jones, Charles Riley, Robert Lovelady, Don Hoes.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the friends and employees of the Terrace at Priceville. Memorial gifts may be made to Valor Flight, P.O. Box 1353 Madison, AL 35758, and Shorty’s Boys Scholarship Fund in care of Charles Riley.

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