Arthur “Art” William Ratliff

May 31, 1933 - March 31, 2017

Arthur “Art” W. Ratliff of Romney, WV died peacefully holding the hand of his life time partner, friend and wife on Friday, March 31, 2017 at Hampshire Memorial Hospital.  He was 83.

Art was born on May 31, 1933 in Hardy County, WV where he was raised by his grandparents, the late Mr. & Mrs. John Ratliff.  He was also preceded in death by his mother and stepfather, Mr. & Mrs. J.B. Lewis.

Art is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Linda N. Ratliff, two sons; Barry M. Ratliff (wife Anita) and Aaron Ratliff both of Romney, WV; three grandchildren,: Mason, Landon and Charlie Piper Ratliff.  He is also survived by a half brother and a half sister.  Always considered as a dearly loved sister is Judy Loy Wilson who was raised with Art by their grandparents.

Art started out in Hardy County and at a young age found his way to Hampshire County where he graduated from Romney High with the class of 1953.  Football played a tremendous part of his life.  He was a proud member of the Pioneers and a member of the state champion team of 1949 that was inducted into the Hampshire County Athletic Hall of Fame. In the words of Donnie Davis “He was one of the most faithful and loyal players I have ever known.”  Art never shied away from work and he loved working on the local orchards before and after his 4 year stint in the U.S. Air Force. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, and after his military service he pursued a career in the field of agriculture.  Art’s career in agriculture found him working at State and Federal levels not only for West Virginia, but also up and down the East coast.  In 1961, while working on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, his path crossed that of a young lady who would become his wife in 1966.  (Art always thought the whole thing was “rigged”) Art and Linda enjoyed lots of laughter and cutting up thru the years, enjoying their home and family in Romney.  Art worked for and retired from the State of West Virginia.  After retirement, he worked for Malick Auto Parts and the Central Hampshire Water Dept.  He was a member of the Romney First United Methodist Church, a past Director on the Board of Romney Federal Credit Union and a long time member of the Jersey Mountain Ruritan Club.

Art was an easy going guy and will be remembered for his love of the outdoors, picking raspberries and blackberries, often giving young people jobs doing the same.  While the love of his life was his wife Linda, his heart had additional capacity for his sons and grandchildren.  Art was a soft spoken man who truly enjoyed people.  Whether it was with the McDonalds group, or Linda taking (sometimes dragging) him to a social functions, Art loved people and being a part of what was going on.

Friends will be received on Monday, April 3 from 6 to 8PM at Shaffer Funeral Home in Romney.  Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 4 at 11AM at the Romney First United Methodist Church.  Interment with Military honors will follow at Branch Mountain Cemetery, Three Churches, WV.

Contributions may be made in Art’s memory to; Hospice of The Panhandle, 278 N. High St., Romney, WV 26757  -OR- Wounded Warriors, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS  66675-8517

Carter Wagoner April 3, 2017

18 condolences for “Arthur “Art” William Ratliff”

  1. Linda

    Sending up prayers for you and your family as you go through this difficult time.

  2. The officers and members of U.A. Local 152 are very sorry to hear about the loss of your father Aaron. We hope you can find comfort and peace during this difficult time.

  3. So sorry to hear this. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss……..our thoughts are with you & your family during this difficult time.

  4. I am so very, very sorry to hear this. Please know you will all be in my thoughts and prayers. Our family – the Grace Davis family that grew up on Jersey Mountain – thought highly of him. The world needs many, many more people like Art was!!

  5. We may not be able to grasp the pain and sorrow you and your family are feeling for this loss. The only words of comfort we can give you is that memories will keep Art close to you in spirit and thought and always in your heart, today and forever.

    Hold fast to your memories, to all of the cherished moments of the past, to the blessings and the laughter, the joys and the celebrations, the sorrow and the tears. They all add up to a treasure of fond yesterdays that you shared and spent together, and they keep your loved one, Art, close to you in spirit and thought.

    The special moments and memories in your life will never change. They will always be in your heart, today and forevermore.

  6. So sorry to hear you are going through this sad time, Linda. Thinking of you and praying for peace and comfort for you and your family.

  7. Linda,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I had no idea Art was sick. Reading his obituary gave me the opportunity to know Art as I was so young when we met. The photo of the two of you gives me a clear picture of the relationship you two had. Both so kind and loving. Your life together must have been one of a kind. I am so sorry for your loss and I hope your memories will give comfort.

  8. Prayers and best wishes are with you, Linda, and your family. Art was a wonderful man and will always be with each of you.

  9. Another neighbor has left us to become an angel. This truly is Heavens reward. Linda I ask that God wraps his arms around you and your family. May He give you the peace and understanding that comes with the passing of Art. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Linda: I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God Bless each one of you during this difficult time. If you need anything you know where I am. Take Care and May god Bless you and your family.

  11. We are sorry for your families loss. Art was a very nice man. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  12. Art will always be remembered – your family is in our thoughts and prayers!!

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