Pastor Archie W. Ratliff
  • Pastor Ratliff desired that memorials be made to Bethel Free Will Baptist Church, 1936 Banks School Road, Kinston, NC 28504 to be used in God's mission field both here and abroad.

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My thoughts and prayers are with Portia, Kim, Michelle, and Jenifer (and their families). I have many fond memories of Brother Archie.
"I don't know what the future holds, but I know WHO holds the future!"


Posted by: Denise Parker (Wolf) - Carmel, IN - Former member-Peace FWB Church   Oct 10, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Pastor Ratliff. I met Pastor Ratliff and his family while he was pastor of Glennville Freewill Baptist Church. I was a soldier stationed at nearby Ft. Stewart and was invited to attend his church by a coworker. Pastor and Mrs. Ratliff and the great people of the church made me feel welcome with great fellowship and home cooked meals. For someone far from home, these folks were a Godsend.
God Bless you all.


Posted by: Jim Withem - Houston, TX - Friend   Jun 16, 2013

Sorry to hear about brother Archie. "Footprints in the sand" . At times like this Jesus is your comforter. Can u imagine what brother is experiencing now? I have read a lot on heaven. The words "come up hither" we can hear at any moment. Fond memories of the Ratliff family. I remember when pastor Archie crashed at second base during softball game. Lol!


Posted by: D. Wolf - Shelbyville, IN - My pastor    Mar 11, 2013

Pastor Archie preached the funeral of my infant grandson, Matthew Caden Jones several years ago. That was a very difficult time for my family, but Pastor Archie trusted God for the right words to say. Those words were so memorable, that they made a life changing impression on my brother. He said that every life had value no matter how short, even 6 days. Pastor Archie's life was a testament to the one true living God. He will be missed

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Posted by: Susan Evans - ChapelChristC Hill, NC - Sister in Christ   Feb 18, 2013

I am so sorry for the loss of your husband and father. Paul prayed much for Brother Archie from the time he learned of his diagnosis. Undoubtedly, those two have found each other by now! My prayer for you is that you will rest deeply and absorb the love and concern so many are offering on your behalf.


Posted by: Rhoda Creech - Macon, GA - Friend   Dec 28, 2012

Portia, Kim, Michelle, and Jenifer and all your family,
My heart is SO sorry for you all to learn of Your loss of Archie.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
We LOVE you all!
Hugs to each of you.
Gina, Jimmy, Madelyn, Max and J.P. Key


Posted by: Gina Key - Cookeville, TN   Dec 22, 2012

Pastor Ratliff was an amazing man of God. Our family will always remember the day he sat on our couch in our living room and lead our two sons to the Lord after he had already lead us to the Lord the Sunday before that Wednesday evening in August 2005. He will always hold a special place in our hearts.


Posted by: Terry and Rhonda Parker - LaGrange, NC - Friend   Dec 21, 2012

May God bless you and comfort you all in this time. Heaven has truly gained a wonderful angel. May you have comfort in knowing all of the lives and hearts Preacher Archie has touched. Thoughts and Prayers for your family.


Posted by: Tommy and Stephanie Creech - Kinston, NC   Dec 21, 2012
Laron and Kathy after 44 Years

Portia, please accept our heartfelt wishes and prayers for you and your family as you go through this trying time in your lives. Remember God truely knows best even in our difficulting of understanding why.
May God in his great love meet your needs at this time.
We love You
Laron and Kathy


Posted by: Laron and Kathy (Jones - Boonevill, MS   Dec 21, 2012

Portia and family,
My heart is so heavy for you and your family. I feel like we have lost another family member because Pastor Archie and you are so special to our family.
My sister, Sandra, and her family were so blessed to have him for their Pastor and he was so faithful during her sickness. I thank God for Archie and Portia's service to God and showing us how to live in adversity. After my husband, Bob, was unable to

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Posted by: Linda D Melvin - Wilson, NC - Pastor to my sis-Sandra D Deaver   Dec 21, 2012