James Corbett Ratliff, 68

James Corbett Ratliff, age 68 of Elkhorn City, KY was born on Nov. 4, 1950 to Justice”Jus” and Audrey Faye Hawkins Ratliff and passed away on Sunday, Mar. 3, 2019 at the UKMC.  He was a member of the Sutton Baptist Church, owner of Ratliff Septic System, member of the Sycamore and Elkhorn City Fire Dept. , and a member of the Whitewater Shrine, Jenkins Lodge number 856.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by 2 brothers; Julian (JC) Ratliff and David Mack Ratliff.  Survivors are his wife: Clydette Ratliff, a daughter; Chrystal Beauna Ratliff of Richmond, Ky., sisters; Corine Coleman of San Antonio, Texas and Vicky Ratliff of Elkhorn City, 2 grandchildren; Laci Beauna Hackney and Jakob Bradley Hackney.  Visitation will be from 6:00PM-10:00PM on Tuesday, March 5 and 8:00Am-10:00PM on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at the Bailey Funeral Home Chapel with services nightly at 7PM.  Funeral services will be Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 2:00 from the Bailey Funeral Home Chapel with Mitchell Thacker, Tony Thacker and Randy Bentley officiating.  Burial will follow in the Wilson Cemetery at Draffin, Ky. A Masonic Service will be conducted by  the Jenkins Lodge number 856 on Tuesday at 6:00PM.


  1. todd werner says

    Corb your passing seems so unreal, you were there so many times, when I had certain questions, and well most of the time seem to give me logical answers, when you wasnt joking. From all the times you gave me your golf cart at hillbilly days, to me using the small monster truck, then telling me, we are gonna have to have a big big can opener to get me out. But most important, thanks for the great memories of just being “Corb”. Im gonna miss our yearly drives thru the streets of pikeville on the old Rat Golf Cart. You have left an emptiness and shoes that will never be filled. Rest easy Brother, we love you.

  2. Emily & Gary Christian says

    Our thoughts and prayers for his family and prayers. He was the nicest man. So friendly. We will miss your visits to Chrystal’s. We will continue to help your baby girl and family. Bless you and Rest In Peace.
    Gary & Emily

  3. David looney says

    I’m so sorry to hear of corbs passing Corb has always been there for me and my family. He always helped those who needed anything and never bragged about it to a soul. Ferrells Creek has lost a great citizen, husband, father and friend.

  4. Judy potter says

    So sorry to hear this. Our thoughts and prayers go out to family. He was so giving when our brother Rodney died and we needed equipment to clear trees and dig the grave. Our mom, Alma Potter thought a lot of him also
    Judy, Debbe, Kim potter (Alma & Percy Potter family )

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