Thomas Kalford Ratcliff
FUNERAL HOME
Rose-Neath Funeral Home-Shreveport
1815 Marshall Street
Shreveport, LA
Thomas Kalford Ratcliff

Shreveport - Thomas Kalford Ratcliff was born in Shreveport at Schumpert on January 25, 1994, and he died on Friday, June 25, 2021, of asphyxiation during a fire in his apartment in Austin, Texas. Thomas was a funny, quirky, and loving person who valued his relationships with family and friends.

Music, fine food, and wine were among his greatest pleasures. He loved nothing more than to host a party that made people happy. Thomas was passionate about homelessness, the criminalization of poverty, and oppression in its many forms.

Thomas was educated at The Montessori School for Shreveport, Caddo Magnet High School, Bossier Parish Community College, and Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, where he graduated with a double major in religion and sociology and formed lasting relationships with his major professors. Having grown up in All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church of Shreveport, he was particularly drawn to these subjects. He was especially proud of a writing award he won in sociology.

Thomas worked at Marilyn's Place in Shreveport and at several restaurants while at Millsaps. After graduation he moved to Austin where he became a server at a fine restaurant until the pandemic. He took on the task as "manny" to his nephews, ages 12 and 2, to help his brother and sister-in-law during the first year of the pandemic, a completely new experience for him but one that formed cherished bonds. This year he became a solar panel salesman and was in the process of building a solar panel business with friends of his Austin family.

Services will be held at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, 908 Rutherford Street (corner of Fairfield and Kings Highway), Shreveport, Louisiana, on the morning of Thursday, July 8, 2021. There will be a reception in the church parlor beginning at 9:30 and after a short break, a funeral service in the Cathedral beginning at 11:00. Officiating will be Dean Alston Johnson.

He is survived by his parents, John Garrett and Joy Fair Ratcliff; his grandmother, Bettie Parks Fair, of Shreveport; his brother and sister-in-law, Garrett Bateman and Krista Duttenhaver Ratcliff and two children of Austin; his sister Margaret "Megan" Linsley Ratcliff and her three children of Asheville, North Carolina; his uncle and aunt, William Robert and Vanessa Fair of College Station, Texas; his aunt, Lavonne Alexander of Navasota, Texas, and their three children and one grandchild; his uncle and aunt, David McLain and Deborah Brown Ratcliff of Laurel, Mississippi, and their three children and four grandchildren.

Thomas is survived by a whole host of friends, and because he loved them all so deeply he could never have chosen a few to be pallbearers, we ask that you all consider yourselves to be his honorary pallbearers.

Thomas' family suggests memorials may be made in his honor be made to any of the following organizations whose goals are consistent with his joys and concerns: Integral Care (integralcare.org), St.Mark's Cathedral Choir or St. Mark's Cathedral Altar Guild, 908 Rutherford Street, Shreveport, LA 71104, YWCA of Northwest Louisiana (ywcanwla.org), Dialogue on Race Louisiana (dialogueonracelouisiana.org), and North Louisiana Civil Rights Coalition (Post Office Box 38355, Shreveport LA 71133).

We are grateful to God for the 27 years we had with this beautiful young man. We are also grateful to the choir, the Altar Guild, the Stephen Ministry at St. Mark's, and a host of other friends who have ministered to our family. May God continue to bless all our journeys.





Published by Shreveport Times from Jul. 2 to Jul. 8, 2021.
To plant trees in memory, please visit the Sympathy Store.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
Jul
8
Visitation
9:30a.m.
St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral
908 Rutherford Street (corner of Fairfield and Kings Highway),, Shreveport, LA
Jul
8
Funeral service
11:00a.m.
St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral
908 Rutherford Street (corner of Fairfield and Kings Highway),, Shreveport, LA
Funeral services provided by:
Rose-Neath Funeral Home-Shreveport
MAKE A DONATION
MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
Sponsored by Rose-Neath Funeral Home-Shreveport.
Add a Message


Not sure what to say?



12 Entries
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Renee
July 14, 2021
Thomas was a fine young man. A gentle soul and an awesome uncle. He was the type of person you wanted to talk to every time you saw him, just to see his smile. We will miss his visits to the Austin neighborhood.
Lisa and Kirk Overbey
Friend
July 9, 2021
As I was reading this obituary I was saddened by the loss of Thomas. I did not know him so at this time I would like to send you my condolences. Death is a sad time in our lives especially when the ones we love are so young. But taking comfort in God´s strength only he can help us get through these hard times that lay ahead of us at this time. Have a good day.
Peter
July 9, 2021
Joy and John, We are so saddened by this news. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family. Please know how dearly loved and respected you are in this world. May God's love hold you now and always.
Pierce & Amie Nunley
July 8, 2021
My deepest condolences goes out to Thomas' family. This is so tragic. I only knew him for a short period of time and he made an everlasting impression on me. He was Absolutely a beautiful soul. Lucky to of met him. I hope all the strength in the world for the family. God Bless.
Jillian Cormier
Friend
July 7, 2021
Joy and John, My deepest sorrow. Thomas was an early, lasting and sincere friend to Quincy. He is quite a gift. chris
Chris Gayle
Friend
July 7, 2021
I went to Montessori with Thomas. He was always very kind, joyful, and earnest in every task he took on. It does not surprise me to read that he only continued to grow his empathy and concern for others throughout life, and became involved with social justice causes as an adult. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. My entire family remembers him, and we are thinking of you and of him.
Maureen
School
July 6, 2021
I remember when he was little... Always SO cute and full joy. I´m truly sorry for your loss.
Jennie Caplis Chatagnier
July 6, 2021
Ashley Pennington-Behr
July 5, 2021
Oh sweet Thomas. With those kind brown eyes. I will never forget him asking for donations of clothes and furniture because his friend´s home burned down. He stood up in the middle of 9th grade math class to ask. I thought it was so brave and I´m pretty sure he got in trouble for disrupting class. Thomas was kind of mischievous in class but never cruel and never mean. He had a kindness and a warmness about him that was contagious. People were drawn to him. Rest In Peace, sweetheart. My condolences to others who loved him. He really was a special person.
Belle Cost
School
July 5, 2021
There are no words that could bring justice to how loved Thomas was in this world. RIP Thomas. I hope and pray for strength for his family and close friends for the loss of this bright light.
Ruth Bishop
School
July 4, 2021
Tanya Gray
July 4, 2021
Showing 1 - 12 of 12 results