Ted Ratcliffe
1940 - 2021
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Ted Ratcliffe
Lubbock - Ted Ratcliffe passed away from this life into a new life eternally on March 30, 2021. Ted was born in Loving, Texas, June 10, 1940, to Ray and Gladys (Laquey) Ratcliffe. Ted was a loving husband, devoted father, and exceptional grandfather and uncle. Ted spent most of his boyhood in Graham, Texas, where he graduated from the high school. Ted accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior at the age of 9 at Oak Street Baptist Church in Graham. In high school he was a gifted football player which gained him a full-ride scholarship to Texas Tech. While at Tech, he met his "little girl", Carolyn Abel. They were married on April 3, 1959 resulting in 62 years of marriage.
Ted's life work was real estate, home building, and ranching. His work for the Kingdom of God included teaching Sunday school, serving as a deacon at Highland, and working at his beloved Baby Closet.
Ted is survived by his wife, sons Andrew, Matthew (Terri), and Timothy; his grandchildren, Ashley, Chandlor (Hailee), Benjamin, and Donathan (Emily), his nephew Lucas (Amberlee), brother, Wayne (Dorothy), and sister-in-law, Susan (Hoyt).
He is preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Amanda, twin grandsons, Derrick and Dillan, sisters Helen and Martha, and brothers, Jim and Richard.
Services will be held April 10 at 10:00 AM at Highland Baptist Church, 4215 34th Street, Lubbock, Texas 79410. Visitation with the family will follow in the Connection Center, face coverings requested.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations should be made to the Baby Closet at Highland.

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Published in Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Apr. 7 to Apr. 8, 2021.
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April 8, 2021
Ted Ratcliffe and family are very dear to me and my family. There is lots of memories of the Ratcliffe family in my past but there is one that makes me smile every time. I was a close friend of his daughter Amanda and there were times she would want to do something crazy! We were in high school and I was dating James Baughcum (now my husband of 31 years). She decided James should drive down the ally to get to her house in Brentwood Circle. James had a Ford F150 red-step side truck and being young and dumb we went down the extremely muddy ally. And we got stuck in the mud! Mr. Ratcliffe came to the rescue and pulled James's truck out of the mud. He never got angry and only words of wisdom he gave was "Son-try not to go down muddy ally's again."
Prayers to all the family.
Shauna Baughcum
April 8, 2021
So sorry to know this Carolyn. Even though we haven't visited in years, I will miss him. Enjoyed many years associated with him in real estate and home building.
Gordon Deering
April 1, 2021
Ted and Carolyn have always been pillars of Highland Baptist Church. Ted lived his Christianity and dedicated his life to God, Family, Church. He always had a smile, offer to help, symbol of hard work and strength. Charlie and I will feel the void, but, try to live a life worthy of his example. God´s speed faithful servant, you are home now.
Cathy Ehrenfeld
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