James Eschell Ratcliff

June 9, 1943 ~ March 28, 2019 (age 75)



James Eschell Ratcliff Sr.


          James Eschell Ratcliff Sr., 75    of New Boston, formerly of Lawrence county gained his wings to glory on Thursday March 28, 2019 leaving from the Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth, Ohio.

          The Scioto county native was born June 9, 1943, a son of the late Charlotte Blanton Ratcliff and the late Arthur Ratliff. He worked as a Melt Shop Foreman in the Aluminum industry for a number of years. He had his High School education and was of the Protestant faith. James loved his family, would feed his worst enemy and never met a stranger. He had an never ending love and faith in god. He enjoyed Country/Rock music, especially Jim Morison.

          In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his former wife, Bonnie Ratcliff, a son; James Ratcliff Jr.,2 daughers; sisters; Regina, Kathy, 3 sisters; Erma, Joyce, Bee, and  4 brothers;  Jack, Bob, Dough and Dick Fairchild.  

          He is survived by 2 sons; Shawn and Gary Ratcliff, 2 daughters; Jamie Ratcliff and Connie Riffe, 11 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren,  2 brothers; Arthur Jr.  and Edward Ratcliff .  

Fairchild, a sister; Jennie and a host of family and friends.

          Keeping with his wishes, he chose to give the gift of life thru both Eye and Organ Donation and his wishes were to be cremated afterwards.

          The children have entrusted his care to Brown Funeral Chapel.

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