Aaron “Thirsty” Neal Ratliff

November 30, 1973 - December 8, 2018

Aaron “Thirsty” Neal Ratliff, 45, of Romney, WV, died suddenly on Saturday, December 8th at the Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland, MD.

Born in Winchester, VA on November 30, 1973, he is preceded in death by his father, Arthur “Art” William Ratliff (d. March 31, 2017).

Aaron is survived by his mother, Linda Neal Ratliff of Romney; his daughter, Charlie Piper Ratliff; his brother, Barry M. Ratliff and wife Anita; and his two nephews, Mason and Landon Ratliff, all of Romney.

Aaron was raised and grew up on Jersey Mountain, graduating with the class of 1992 from Hampshire High.  He started working, by his own desires, at a very early age and never stopped.  Melzak’s farm is an early memory where he worked at building and fixing fences.  As time progressed, he wound up working construction at Carlin’s and Tim Hurt Masonry and several other organizations.  Following the construction efforts, Aaron became an apprentice Pipefitter attending trade school and working full time.  This led to becoming a Journeyman Pipefitter.  Aaron enjoyed many pursuits; cars, trucks, 4-wheeling, motorcycles, and finding a good deal.  Many hours were spent as a free spirit on his bike.  Trips, family, and friends (who became like family members to him) were a major part of his life and undoubtedly what he enjoyed the most, until Charlie.

Charlie changed his life and became the center of his universe.  She changed him as a person.  He was now a dad and that changed every priority.  He still loved the things he always did, but she made him a different person.  As with anything Aaron ever did, if he couldn’t give 100%, he didn’t do it, and Charlie was no exception.  He delighted in her and all they did together.  Even as a baby, she was his playmate and he loved every second and so did she.  With Aaron as her dad, she quickly became familiar with 4-wheeling and many of life’s pleasures in the great outdoors, and Aaron loved it all.

Aaron was a quiet and somewhat private man who, if he called you a friend, you had the best the world has to offer.  He was a member of the Romney First United Methodist Church and a Lifetime Member of the National Rifle Association (NRA).  He leaves behind many broken hearts and will be deeply missed.

Friends will be received on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 from 4 to 7PM at Shaffer Funeral Home in Romney and from 10 to 11AM on Thursday, December 13th, at the Covenant Baptist Church (Mt. Top, Romney) where the funeral service will begin at 11AM with Pastor Dale Myers, Rev. Dr. Roy Knight, and Pastor Dan Stoltzfus officiating.

Interment will follow at Branch Mountain Cemetery, Three Churches, WV.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to:  Warm the Children ~ P.O. Box 496 ~ Romney, WV 26757 or to the:  Wounded Warrior Project ~ P.O. Box 758517 ~ Topeka, KS 66675 / www.woundedwarriorproject.org / 855.448.3997

Please direct inquires to Shaffer Funeral Home, 304.822.3511

Carter Wagoner December 11, 2018

17 condolences for “Aaron “Thirsty” Neal Ratliff”

  1. I will always remember the good times RIP Thirsty i will see ya on the other side big brothrr

  2. So many memories from our “younger days”! From playing pool to Lynyrd Skynrd concerts to driving around with someone hanging off your windshield wipers! So many great memories we will forever cherish. You will be missed “Thirsty”.

  3. My heart sank in my chest when I heard about Aaron. I have many great memories of growing up near him on Jersey Mt. that I will cherish forever.

    I hate that I will be unable to visit this week. But, I’ll stop by for a visit soon. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. My deepest condolences to the family. He was the best .. I cannot say enough good . I know The Lord had a special place for him and one day Thirsty I’m gonna see you again, forever I Love you

  5. Although no words can really help to ease the loss your bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. Our sincere condolences,

  6. Our hearts go out.
    Don’t know what to say other than you can contact us any time day or night.

  7. We were just remembering Little League days with your boys and thinking of Aaron. So sorry for your terrible loss and the pain that comes as a result of that. We will continue to think of you and pray for you and your family.

  8. May you find peace in your memories in the days ahead. Prayers for the family as you grieve your loss.

  9. My deepest sympathy to Linda , Barry and family. I enjoyed many good days at work with Thirsty. The nicest man and union brother a person could have. We will meet again.

  10. For 5 years you and I sat beside each other in apprenticeship. Not only were we Union brothers but you were a brother to me. I will miss you dearly. You meant so much to so many people. Godspeed my brother

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