Mr. Martin Smith Ratliffe
04/25/1925 - 12/09/2018
Mr. Martin Smith Ratliffe, age 93, died peacefully at his home in Smith Cross Road on December 9, 2018. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Irene Shirley Newman Ratliffe, his four siblings, Virginia Dare, Woodrow, Mary and Walter, his mother Hattie Mae Smith Ratliffe, and his father, Joseph Henry Ratliffe. Martin was a life long member of Ephesus Baptist church, Smith Cross Road, serving as a deacon for many years. Survivors include his son, Joseph Martin Ratliffe and his wife Gail of King George,VA, grandsons Joseph Michael and his wife Danielle of Murrells Inlet, SC and Christopher Brandon and his wife Sally of Charleston, SC, two great granddaughters, Grace and Claire, as well as many nieces and nephews. Martin will be remembered for his pleasant and helpful personality, sunny smile, and “Doing just fine” outlook on life. A funeral service will be conducted on Thursday morning, December 13th at 11:00 in Crowder-Hite-Crews Funeral Home and Crematory with interment to follow in the Ephesus Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends starting at 10:00 A.M. until service time at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Ephesus Baptist Church Building Fund, 1642 Smith Cross Road, South Hill, VA 23970. Martin’s family wishes to thank all those who provided Martin with loving care during the last years of his earthly journey, especially the caretakers with Lake Country, family members, as well as his neighbors, Buck and Anita Kallam. Online condolences may be sent through www.crowderhitecrews.com. Crowder-Hite-Crews Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Ratliffe family.