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Richard Ratliff

Richard Dennis "Dickie" Ratliff

October 31, 1949 - October 14, 2019
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Obituary

Richard Dennis “Dickie” Ratliff, age 69, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, died Monday, October 14, 2019.

A proud lifelong resident of Pine Bluff, Dickie was born October 31, 1949 to the late Russell Franklin Ratliff and Hazel Willis Ratliff. He graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 1967 and served in the United States Army and Reserves from May 5, 1971 until January 1, 1975.

In 1972, he and his brother, Russell Lee Ratliff, opened Big Banjo Pizza Parlor. The business grew to include Ratliff Enterprises, which included R&R Equipment Company, Big R Ice Company, and Ratliff Properties.

Dickie loved being a citizen of Pine Bluff. He did many good deeds for his community, and especially his many friends. If a need was present, he was always ready to lend a helping hand.

He was an avid duck hunter and enjoyed spending time with his close friends and family at the Big Cypress Duck Camp, where many special memories were made. Some of his proudest moments were sharing stories about his daughter, Brandy, and his pride and joy, his grandson, Ethan.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by three brothers, Joe Douglas Ratliff, Russell Lee Ratliff, and Wayne Alan Ratliff.

Survivors include his wife and best friend, Rita Funderburg Ratliff, who shared his life for 41 years; a daughter, Brandy Ratliff Weatherly (Sam) and a grandson, Ethan Coyle Weatherly, all of Pass Christian, MS; two sisters, Marilyn Ratliff Boellner and Cheryl Lynn Ratliff, both of Little Rock; a sister-in-law, Pam Stone Ratliff of Pine Bluff; and his dog, Tanner.

Visitation will be Saturday, October 19, 2019, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson and Son. The service will follow at 10:30 a.m. with Brother Howard Loetscher officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Neighbor to Neighbor, 1419 S. Pine Street, Pine Bluff, AR 71601; or to any other charity in the Pine Bluff community.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 19, 2019 | 9:00am - 10:30am
    When
    Saturday, October 19, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
    Location
    Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors
    Address
    807 Cherry Street
    PINE BLUFF, AR 71601
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  • Service

    Saturday, October 19, 2019 | 10:30am
    When
    Saturday, October 19, 2019 10:30am
    Location
    Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son
    Address
    807 Cherry Street
    PINE BLUFF, AR 71601
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  • Interment

    Location
    Graceland Cemetery
    Address
    2493 West Pullen Street
    Pine Bluff, AR 71601
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Gordon Garner IV

Posted at 05:08am
May the Lord give comfort to all who go through processing this absolutely senseless lose.
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Cheryl Ratliff

Posted at 05:12pm
Dickie has beautiful blue eyes
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Barry Douglas

Posted at 08:19am

Thoughts and prayers to the Ratliff family. I had the opportunity to meet Dickie at the duck camp. When I come to town from Virginia to visit family he always welcomed me into the camp for hunting and especially the fellowship.
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Brittany Price

Posted at 02:55am
Never going to be able to process this correctly.. This man was truly amazing in my eyes. He was like a father figure and distant friend. Whenever I came to Pine Bluff for personal matters he would always respectfully and gracefully accept my circumstances and never judged nor did he exchange a word. Though I only knew of him through renting properties he was the most understanding and forgiving being. I know his family and friends are in deep sorrow and from my encounters I can truly see why. He was fair and straightforward. I can truly empathize with the impact it caused because he was good people. Gone way too soon and for every wrong reason. This community will never be the same and I apologize to the family and hope that everyone recognizes that he was special to others and positively impacted my life. Without his open mindedness and selflessness there are so many times I've never had to wonder if my sons and I had a place to temporarily call home and feel comfortable and welcome. My he rest in internal peace. I would give my own life to give him an opportunity to live again. The urban community needs more people like him.

Audrey LaMere

Posted at 11:35pm
Brandy, we love you so much and are praying for you and your family! We are so sorry for the loss of your beloved father! He will forever be proud of you!
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