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ELWOOD FRANKLIN RATLIFF

Elwood Franklin Ratliff

Elwood Franklin Ratliff, 89, died Wednesday, August 19th at his home of 58 years following a brief illness.

Visitation will be Friday, August 21st from 10 to 11 a.m. at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home in Clinton. A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. at Wright and Ferguson chapel. Burial will be for immediate family only at Lakewood Cemetery.

Elwood was born March 4, 1931 to Elwood and Rebecca (Peaster) Ratliff in Yazoo City. A graduate of Clinton High School, he attended Mississippi State University and graduated in Agricultural Engineering in 1953. He was a Pike at MSU and went through the Air Force ROTC there.
He joined the Air Force and was stationed between Japan and Okinawa. After serving two years in active duty, he then served in the Reserve. He left the Reserve after seven years as a Captain. He returned to MSU and worked in Ag Engineering.

He married the love of his life, Lowry Buie Westbrook, on Dec. 20, 1957, at Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church in Jackson. He continued to work for MSU while they started their family in Columbus. They returned to his family farm in 1961. Elwood farmed the family land from 1962 through the 1980’s. During the mid-60s he was named “Young Farmer of the Year” for Mississippi. After farming, he worked at the Flora Gin as the bookkeeper. He retired in the late 1990’s to take care of his beloved wife.

He was a member of Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church, Christ United Methodist Church, and for the last few years, Clinton First United Methodist Church. He and Lowry were also active in Cursillo and were members of the 4th Cursillo in Mississippi.

Elwood and his wife loved to camp and travel and hosted many youth trips and older adult trips. Later in his life he volunteered at Mississippi Methodist Rehabilitation Center and served on the Hinds County Water Board. He loved eating breakfast at Chick-fil-A in Clinton and meeting old friends at Clinton Healthplex each day.

He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He took care of Lowry for the last ten years of her life. People would say he was a lucky man but he would say, "No, I am a blessed man!” He was a true Southern gentleman and was considerate and kind to everyone he met. He was a man of few words, but those words were true and kind.

Survivors include daughter, Ginger Ratliff Wilson and her husband Joey of Clinton and son, Jimmy Ratliff and his wife Dedra of Clinton; three grandchildren who adored their granddaddy: Mallory Shinn (Michael), Haley Boutwell (Dusty) and Zach Wilson; and two great-grandsons, Ford and Landon. He also was loved by many nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife, and his sister, Virginia Ratliff Morgan of Canton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Clinton First United Methodist Church.

We will be forever grateful to the caregivers at Covenant Caregivers and Compassus Hospice for their dedication and compassionate service.

In light of COVID-19, social distancing should be maintained, hugs and handshakes avoided, and the wearing of masks required. Thank you for honoring our wishes!

 



Elwood Franklin Ratliff
March 4, 1931 - August 19, 2020

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