John Ratliff

John Bill Ratliff

Asheville - John Bill Ratliff, 74, died at his home early Monday Sept. 16, 2013, with family at his bedside.

Bill was born and raised in Clintwood VA., in the home of his family Luther A. Ratliff, Tona Emiline Meade, and sister Mary Mae.

When he graduated from high school in 1958 he pursued higher education at Colgate University, Yale Divinity School, and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In his career he served as Minister, Counselor, and Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Earlham School of Religion in Richmond Indiana. His love of foreign travel took him abroad many times to teach and to learn. Upon retiring in 2003 he devoted his time to enjoying his family. He loved hiking, music, reading, volunteering, and being with friends.

His family was the keystone of his life. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Virginia DeVilbiss Ratliff, and two daughters, Betsy Ratliff Wackett, husband Timothy Mark, grandchildren Zachary John and Juliana Huai live in Jacksonville Florida; grandson Joshua Mark lives in Phoenix Arizona. Greta Leigh Ratliff, husband Robert R. Marshall and daughter Kabita Leigh Ratliff live in Louisville KY.

There will be a memorial service in the manner of Quakers October 26, 2013 at the Swannanoa Valley Friends Meeting, at 10:30 a.m.

In keeping with his value of engaging spiritually and emotionally with the world and its people, please remember him through a contribution of time and/or money to a .

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Funeral Home

Groce Funeral Home
1401 Patton Avenue Asheville, NC 28806
(828) 252-3535

Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Sept. 22, 2013