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Charles Edward Ratliff Jr.


1931 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Charles Edward Ratliff Jr. Obituary
The voice of the Plowboys, Charles Edward Ratliff, Jr. was promoted to a grander assignment in the heavenly realm on April 20, 2015.
Charles Ratliff was born on Sept. 10, 1931 in Slidell, Louisiana. He moved throughout Texas and Louisiana with his family before settling down in Roscoe in the seventh grade. His senior year, Charles' future wife and love of his life, Verlia Jones, moved to the area and attended Roscoe High School. They married in 1949 and proceeded to raise a family of three children. Charles worked in the cement industry at Lone Star Industries in Maryneal for more than 37 years, working in the lab and as safety supervisor. Upon retirement, Charles began his second career as a substitute teacher in the Roscoe School System where he worked for 22 years. Charles and Verlia were active in all their childrens' endeavors in the Roscoe Schools and upon the graduation of their children, filled their empty nest with love and admiration for generations of Roscoe students. Their contribution to Roscoe Schools is exemplified in the naming of facilities in their honor, the Ratliff library in the elementary building and the Charles Ratliff press box at Plowboy Field, an honor recently bestowed upon Charles in commemoration of his 45 years of serving as public address announcer for junior high, junior varsity and varsity football games and track meets.
Charles' love for football consumed him during football season-Roscoe Junior High and JV football on Thursday nights, Plowboy football on Friday nights, the Longhorns on Saturday and the Cowboys on Sunday. And although he loved Roscoe and the windy plains of West Texas, he also loved the beach and considered Port Aransas his second home. He was always ready for a shrimp boil, crawfish boil, and any kind of seafood. He was also the master of corny jokes as any grandchild or student can attest. He'd never tell anyone how old he was, just that he had one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel. He slipped on that banana peel after a long battle with cancer.
Charles was married to Verlia for almost 64 years and they consistently won the longest married couple prize at any wedding reception. They loved any opportunity to be with family and dote on their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Family and the students of RHS were truly their life. Many were blessed by Charles and Verlia and many now rejoice that they are re-united.
Charles was preceded in death by Verlia in March 2013; and two brothers, Jesse and Tommy.
He is survived by three children, Mike Ratliff and wife Jolie of Austin, Larry Ratliff and wife Diane of Seguin and Connie Drake and husband David of Whitney. Charles was also blessed to have five wonderful and loving grandchildren, Stephen Ratliff and wife Diana of Dallas, Julie Wood and husband Caleb of Dallas, Lindsey Ratliff of Odessa, Jenny Childress and husband Kyle of Kyle, Tx. and Alison Pruett of Dallas. He also got to love five great-grandchildren, Carter, Issac and Brooks Wood of Dallas, Landon Evans of Odessa and Kennedy Childress of Kyle. Charles is also survived by two sisters, Mary Ann Stocker and Delores Ratliff. His extended family includes generations of Plowboys and Plowgirls.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Roscoe Public School Library or Plowboy Booster Club.
Services will be at the First Baptist Church in Roscoe at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 23, with Dan Boren officiating. Interment will follow at Roscoe Cemetery.
Visitation will be at McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater, Wednesday evening, April 22, from 6-8 p.m.
Pallbearers will be his grandchildren, Stephen and Diana Ratliff, Lindsey Ratliff, Julie and Caleb Wood, Jenny and Kyle Childress and Alison Pruett.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.mccoyfh.com.
Published in Sweetwater Reporter on Apr. 23, 2015
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