William Edward “Bill” Ratcliffe, 78, of Giles St. in Pearisburg, departed this life Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Born in Hemphill, WV on August 24, 1930 he was a son of the late William Luther and Hallie Bowman Ratcliffe. Earlier in life he had been employed at the L & M Tannery at Bluff City and was retired from carpenter work on bridge construction. He was a member of Giles Masonic Lodge No. 106 AF & AM in Pearisburg. Bill was proud to be listed as an organ donor.He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife Wanda Standwitz Ratcliffe, his son-in-law Steve Steele, and six brothers and sisters.
He leaves to cherish his memory his son and daughter-in-law Michael J. and Joyce Dowdy Ratcliffe of Pearisburg; his daughter Vicki Ratcliffe Steele of Newport, his grandchildren Stevie Steele, Patrick Steele, Brandon Steele, Micah Steele, Scarlet Steele Shirey, and Max Ratcliffe; and his thirteen great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 11:00 AM in the Kendall Funeral Home at 605 Snidow St. in Pembroke with Pastor Micah Steele officiating. Burial will follow in Birchlawn Burial Park in Pearisburg with graveside military honors by American Legion Posts 311 in Pembroke and 68 in Narrows and VFW Post 6000 in Narrows. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday evening from 6 until 9 PM. Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com