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John Buford Ratliff Jr., 52, of Saucier, died Saturday, May 21, 2016.
John was born on July 14, 1963 to John Buford Ratliff, Sr. and Ernestine Ratliff Brannan. John spent 20 years in the USAF as a TSgt(E5). He was a pilot of powered and unpowered aircraft. John had such a love for aircraft, he built five airplanes. Not only did John love to be in the sky, he also loved to be in the water. A few of John's other hobbies included boating, skiing and spending quality time with his friends. John had an unbelievable appetite for life and he truly lived life to the fullest. John's true passion, however, lay in the love he had for his children, wife and friends. Nothing meant more to him than his family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his father, John Buford Ratliff, Sr.
He is survived by his loving wife of 22 years, Clarissa Ratliff; mother Ernestine Ratliff Brannan; daughters, Alison Ratliff Bedenbaugh (Clay) and Elizabeth Ratliff; sons, John Michael Ratliff and Alex Ratliff; brothers James Ratliff (Sharon) and Robert Ratliff (Luwanna) and grandchildren Rhianna Ratliff, Emily Bedenbaugh, Blaze Bedenbaugh and Summer Bedenbaugh.
The family received friends on Wednesday, May 25 at Southern Mississippi Funeral Services. A celebration of life service followed.
Published on May 31, 2016
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