Pastor Archie W. Ratliff
- November 29, 1949 - December 17, 2012
- Kinston, North Carolina
of Archie's Passing
- 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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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
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
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
Posted by: Linda D Melvin - Wilson, NC - Pastor to my sis-Sandra D Deaver Dec 21, 2012
I have known Bro. Archie since he began serving at Bethel. I admire his Bible preaching and great family. You learn a lot about a man by watching his children. It didn't take long for me to see he lived at home what he preached in the pulpit on Sunday. A great preacher is going to spend Christmas with the one that Christmas is all about. May God's grace be with this dear family.
Posted by: Jeff Jones - Fuquay Varina, NC - Friend Dec 21, 2012
I know he is smiling in heaven tonight! prayers for the family, he is in a better place than we are tonight! He was a good man and a good friend, I thank God for having known Brother Archie......
Posted by: William Hardy - LaGrange, NC - friend Dec 21, 2012