Harry Roger (George Jr.) Ratliff, 84, former Frankfort, KY resident, passed this life on December 15th at Thomson Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore, KY.
George was born on August 31st 1928 in Elkhorn City, KY to George Ratliff, Sr. and Mellie Jane Potter both of Elkhorn City, KY.
George was the seventh son of 14 children and was blessed to have a large and close family. Being the seventh son he was believed to be endowed with the special healing powers of Appalachian folklore. Many things in his experiences of life confirmed this to be true.
When he was a young man he enlisted in the Army and spent his first four years of service fulfilling his duty as an enlisted man. Upon discharge he reenlisted in the Air Force and served another four years where upon he met Evelyn Mary Ciocci. They were married in Springfield, MA.
They settled in Ludlow, MA where George became a very popular barber. They eventually moved to Frankfort, KY when George and his brothers partnered in the scrap metal business. George ran Lexington Scrap Metal, Inc. for 30 years before retiring in 1995.
George retired to Springhill, FL for a time before moving to back to Frankfort, KY where he worked as a courier at Farmers Bank.
He is survived by his brother, Bobby Ratliff and sister, Jean Prater; former wife Evelyn Mary Ratliff; daughter, Brenda T. Yewell (Patrick) and son, David N. Ratliff (Cynthia); four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Services for George will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 19, 2012, at Harrod Brothers Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Weaver officiating. Burial will follow in Frankfort Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Thomson-Hood Veterans Center, 100 Veterans Drive, Wilmore, KY 40390 or Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.
Arrangements are under the direction of Harrod Brothers Funeral Home; condolences may shared via the online guestbook at www.harrodbrothersfuneralhome.com.