James Wilbur Ratcliff, age 87, of Prestonsburg, KY, husband of Olivia Hudson Ratcliff, passed away Saturday, September 26, 2020 at his residence. He was born July 31, 1933 in Lake Charles, LA, a son of the late Wilbur Leary and Eva Jackson Ratcliff. He was an Associate Professor and the Coordinator for Continuing Education and Community services at Prestonsburg Community and Technical College. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Prestonsburg, KY where he was the choir director as well as an ordained elder.
In addition to his wife, James is survived by one son: James Eric Ratcliff (Steven Bruening), Cincinnati, OH; one brother: Leary Braxton Ratcliff, Tullahoma, TN; two sisters: Helen Boyce, College Station, TX, Betty Neal, Pueblo, CO; three grandchildren: Sarah, Jason and Nicholas.
He was preceded in death by one brother: Richard Slade Ratcliff; two sisters: Ann Harper and Dorothy Benton.
Funeral service will be conducted Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 2:00 PM at the First Presbyterian Church, Prestonsburg, KY with Rev. Dr. Stephen A. Sanders officiating. Entombment will follow in the Gethsemane Gardens, Prestonsburg, KY and visitation will be from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM Monday and from 1:00 PM until time of service Tuesday at the church.
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