Dec. 9, 1946 – Nov. 15, 2020
Ernest ‘Chopper’ Ratliff, 73, of New Orleans, native of Tylertown, died Nov. 15, 2020, at his residence, following a brief illness. Ratliff was born Dec. 9, 1946, in Walthall County to the late Eddie Will and Clar Eva Anderson Ratliff.
His funeral service was Nov. 28, 2020, at Craft Funeral Home in McComb. There was also a service Nov. 27, 2020, at Franklin Ave Baptist Church in New Orleans. Eld. Larry Thomas officiated the funeral service, interment in the Ratliff Estate Cemetery, Tylertown.
He was educated and graduated from J. J. Gulledge High School in 1966. He attended Springhill COGIC in Tylertown and later joined Spain Street COGIC after relocating to New Orleans. He was married to Dorothy Carr on Jan. 17, 1970, and six children were born. He enjoyed traveling and inspired to be a business owner. He worked at Charles Ray Stinson gas station and Benders Bakery. In 1972, he purchased his own service station and eventually opened a used car lot named Ratliff’s Used Cars.
Survivors are his wife, Dorothy C. Ratliff; two sons: Rodney and Brian (Natalie) Ratliff; three daughters: Angela (Willie) and Comolita Ratliff, and Ollie (Fredrick) Sweetwyne; eight brothers: Eddie, James (Mary), Billy (Stella), Jimmy (Tuloha), Benjamin (Emmalean), Jessie (Vadie), Curtis and Certis Ratliff; four sisters: Pearlie R. (Charles) Campbell, Anitra R. (Toxie) Lowe, Eddiereene R. Barconey and Samantha (Johnell) Crockett; uncle, Benton (Peggy) Ratliff; aunt, Maxine Bearden; 10 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son, Anthony, his parents, in-laws: Henry and Ollie Carr; sister, Mardina Ratliff; brother-in-law, Thomas Peters; two sisters-in-law: Missionary Georgean Ratliff and Arlene Bridges; uncle, Esco Ratliff; two nephews: Emanuel and Spencer Rastliff; two nieces: Janice Ratliff and Shameishia Bonds.
Craft-Ginn Funeral Chapel was in charge in the arrangements. Share your condolences with the family at www.craftfuneralhome