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Obituary for Johnnie Leslie Ratliff

Johnnie Leslie Ratliff, age 87 of Little Prater Road, Grundy, Virginia, passed away on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, at the Buchanan General Hospital, Grundy, Virginia.

Born September 4, 1935, in Matewan, West Virginia, he was the son of the late John Kermit Ratliff and Malley Hoskins Ratliff.

Johnnie was retired from Suncoke Energy, where he was a plant manager for over 40 years.

He lived first in Grundy, Virginia, but later went to Lynchburg, Virginia, to attend a school there, until he was a teenager. Then he returned to Grundy to finish high school at Hurley, Virginia.

He was a member of the Little Prater Church of Christ. He visited Costa Rica on a brief missionary journey with his former wife Betty and several members of the Vansant Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing, bird watching, yard work, and taking bus tours. He especially enjoyed the bus tours, where he met many famous people and learned so many interesting things.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Ratliff; several brothers and sisters; one sister-in-law, Ava Blackburn; and one brother-in-law, Jerry Looney.

His Wife of seven years
Sandra Looney Ratliff of Grundy, Virginia

Lance Ratliff and wife Kelly of Abingdon, Virginia

James Clevinger and wife Sandy of Grundy, Virginia

Four Grandchildren
Amber Ratliff of Columbus, Ohio
L.J. Ratliff, Korey Ratliff, and Abigail Ratliff of Abingdon, Virginia

Several Special Cousins And Their Children
Shirley Silcox of Grundy, Virginia
Danny Hutchinson of Jacksonville, Florida
Billie Jean Pearson of South Carolina

Peggy Cash of Lynchburg, Virginia
Wanda Fields of Mouthcard, Kentucky
Betty Parsons of Washington DC

He is also survived by a special relative and friend, Kathy Ratliff Looney.

We wish to thank everyone who assisted and helped Johnnie and the staff of Heritage Hall Nursing Home and Buchanan General Hospital.

In accordance with Johnnie’s wishes, his body will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Virginia Funeral Home of Grundy, Virginia, is honored to serve the family of Johnnie Leslie Ratliff.