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...Read More »
1 of 77 | Posted by: Denise Parker (Wolf) - Carmel, IN

“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...Read More »
2 of 77 | Posted by: Jim Withem - Houston, TX - Friend

“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...Read More »
3 of 77 | Posted by: D. Wolf - Shelbyville, IN

“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...Read More »
4 of 77 | Posted by: Susan Evans - ChapelChristC Hill, NC

“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,...Read More »
5 of 77 | Posted by: Rhoda Creech - Macon, GA - Friend

“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...Read More »
6 of 77 | Posted by: Gina Key - Cookeville, TN

“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...Read More »
7 of 77 | Posted by: Terry and Rhonda Parker - NC

“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...Read More »
8 of 77 | Posted by: Tommy and Stephanie Creech - NC

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...Read More »
9 of 77 | Posted by: Laron and Kathy (Jones - MS

“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...Read More »
10 of 77 | Posted by: Linda D Melvin - Wilson, NC

“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...Read More »
11 of 77 | Posted by: Jeff Jones - Fuquay Varina, NC

“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...Read More »
12 of 77 | Posted by: William Hardy - LaGrange, NC

“I am so sorry to hear of Archie's passing. It never seems that the time to be right. I know you all miss him very much and for a very long time. We...Read More »
13 of 77 | Posted by: William Cooper - Tifton, GA

“Our love and prayers are too all of Pastor Archie's family.........Thank you Pastor Archie for being a wonderful pastor to me and my dear family.......Read More »
14 of 77 | Posted by: Natalie Guffey and family........ - SC

“Our paths first crossed at FWBBC. To my regret we never had the opportunity to minister closely but I always considered Archie a faithful companion...Read More »
15 of 77 | Posted by: Tom - Royal Oak, MI - colleague

“As a pastor, Bro. Archie ministered to me through his tremendous preaching. He was always an inspiration for me to be a better communicator of the...Read More »
16 of 77 | Posted by: pete williams - seven springs, NC

“Portia, Kim, Michelle & Jenifer; I am so sorry to hear about Archie! I know he's not suffering any more and I know the Lord will comfort you. The...Read More »
17 of 77 | Posted by: Diane Vaughn - Indianapolis, IN

“Portia and family, I am sorry for your loss but he was a good man and is with our Lord and Savior and I am praying that God will give you comfort...Read More »
18 of 77 | Posted by: Dana King - Kinston, NC

“We know that you are going through a difficult time and no amount of words will help take the pain away. It's the little things, the small, everyday...Read More »
19 of 77 | Posted by: Joe and Shirley Richmond - NC

“Portia, My thoughts and prayers are with and your family and your Bethel church family. You are a wonderful family and and both you and Bro. Archie...Read More »
20 of 77 | Posted by: Bonnie Heath - Kinston, NC

“Blessed to have known Archie and Portia in college, and in ministry together in Georgia. Joy and I have been praying for all of you, and will...Read More »
21 of 77 | Posted by: Bill & Joy McKinney - Gainesville, GA

“From The Pastor, Officers and Members at The Calvary Free Will Baptist Church, 808 West Club Blvd, Durham, N.C. 27705. We send our deepest...Read More »
22 of 77 | Posted by: Reverend Virgil Nolen - Durham, NC

“I am imagining the smile on Brother Archie's face right now! Greg and I will be praying for your family to be comforted in the days to come. Sending...Read More »
23 of 77 | Posted by: Jacquey Hanson - Cicero, IN

“What a way to spend Christmas than to be with the One Christmas is all about. Bethel Church is much better today for having Archie as their pastor. ...Read More »
24 of 77 | Posted by: Bobby Parker - Scranton, SC

“To Chris and the family: I am deeply grieved. I will be praying for you...Chris, the church and school. Free will Baptists have suffered a great...Read More »
25 of 77 | Posted by: Dr. Seldon Buck - Pleasant View, TN

“Thinking of you and his family at the time. May God Bless you and yours at this time. ”
26 of 77 | Posted by: Sandra Swaney - LaGrange, NC

“Dear Ratliff Family, We are thinking of you and praying for your family as you continue this journey. The memories you have of Archie will sustain...Read More »
27 of 77 | Posted by: Lynn Evers - Tuscaloosa, AL

“Ratliff family, I have cherished the friendship of Brother Archie for several years and have gained insight and influence from him on many...Read More »
28 of 77 | Posted by: Allan Austin - Pamplico, SC

“Dear Ratliff Family, Please know that our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family during this time of sorrow. We loved Pastor Ratliff...Read More »
29 of 77 | Posted by: Glenda Carrter - Kinston, NC

“Dear Ratliff Family, Please be assured of our prayers for you during this time of sorrow. Your family's name has been called in our church...Read More »
30 of 77 | Posted by: Howard Gwartney - San Tan Valley, AZ

“Dear Portia, Kim, Michelle and Jenifer, I am so sorry for the loss of your husband and daddy. He was an amazing man. You and your family will be...Read More »
31 of 77 | Posted by: Melanie Ward Lewis - Anderson, IN

“Lifting your whole family up before the Throne in our prayers, Margie Carr Raper Wilson and Aline Carr (Anderson, IN), Dan & Vicky Carr (Lakeland,...Read More »
32 of 77 | Posted by: Margie Carr Raper Wilson - IN

“jenifer i did not know your dad but i admire his courage and devotion. god bless you and your family as you go through this sorrow. love in christ,...Read More »
33 of 77 | Posted by: bill hill - churh family

“Dear Portia and Family, I knew you and Archie back in your days in Glennville from Church Camp and Youth Rallies. You have always had a special...Read More »
34 of 77 | Posted by: Rose Henderson Kimmig - Sanford, FL

“Dear Family; May God bless & give your grace and peace as you press on. Great memories of days gone by, looking forward to Heaven. One of God's...Read More »
35 of 77 | Posted by: JD & Beverly Norris - Va. Beach, VA

“Dear Portia, family & chuch family, I am so sorry for your loss. Pastor Archie was a great man of God! I truly enjoyed his messages. He has...Read More »
36 of 77 | Posted by: Brenda Quinn - Kinston, NC

“Family, May our Father richly give you His grace and strength during these days. Brother Archie was a faithful servant, respected by all. ...Read More »
37 of 77 | Posted by: Randy Riggs - Joelton, TN

“Our sympathy to the Ratliff family. Heaven is sweeter today because Bro. Archie is there. His family and church are in our prayers. ”
38 of 77 | Posted by: Pastor Tim & Tobianne Stout - OH

“Portia, I am thankful to have known since you were sweethearts in Indiana. I have enjoyed watching as you went to college, married, raised a...Read More »
39 of 77 | Posted by: Keith Kenemer - Nashville, TN

“Portia and girls, Know that we are thinking of you, have been thinking of you. Ruth (Baker) Taylor (Jack's youngest) ”
40 of 77 | Posted by: Ruth Taylor - Granger, IN

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41 of 77 | Posted by: Keith Kenemer - Nashville, GA

“Portia, Please know that we are praying for you and your family. It was such an honor to know Archie.. ”
42 of 77 | Posted by: Keith and Sheryl Gardner - NC

“Portia and family, We grieve with you because we considered Archie a dear friend. We were at Swainsboro and in the same Association (South...Read More »
43 of 77 | Posted by: Delores & Luther Burns - GA

“Portia, you might not remember me but i wasood friendsith Samand Ann Truett, Iwatchedhris grow up. You and your family will be in my prayers. ...Read More »
44 of 77 | Posted by: Don Worrell - Pleasant Viewe, TX

“To all of the family, Our hearts are breaking right now but we know Mr. Archie is with Jesus which eases our pain. Lauren said on Saturday "You...Read More »
45 of 77 | Posted by: Wendy Wiggins - Kinston, NC

“We met Archie and Portia when we all attended Free Will Baptist Bible College together. We kept up with his ministry on a rather sporatic basis; but...Read More »
46 of 77 | Posted by: Dotty and David Moore - Nashville, TN

“What a dear friend and spiritual leader. Portia and family, space will not allow me to list all the memories that have flashed through my mind today...Read More »
47 of 77 | Posted by: Robert Spruill - Greenville, NC

“We are honored that we knew Pastor and all the wonderful family. Thank you for your time and kind words. We only wish we could be there to give hugs. ”
48 of 77 | Posted by: Dan, Mary, Daniel, and Kristopher Cortez - MI

“Portia and the girls: I remember having Archie as a student at FWBBC. I remember playing basketball with him in "make up" games. I remember...Read More »
49 of 77 | Posted by: Ken Riggs - Nashville, TN

“THANK GOD FOR THE HOPE WE HAVE IN CHRIST. ”
50 of 77 | Posted by: Rev Rodney Bailey - Elizabethton, TN

“Bro. Archie and I were close friends in Bible College. Our paths did not cross much in recent years after moving from NC. We were contemporaries in...Read More »
51 of 77 | Posted by: Larry R. Stevens - Johnston City, IL

“Although we will not be able to be at the viewing or service, please know we're there in spirit. Our love and prayers are with you as we remember all...Read More »
52 of 77 | Posted by: Bobby & Diana Graves - Anderson, IN

“We are so sorry for your loss. We will be praying for you during this time of need. Many fond memories of Bro. Ratliff. with love, The...Read More »
53 of 77 | Posted by: The Rudy Vaughn Family - TN

“The Ratliff Family, I will be praying for you. I pray that the Lord will continue to give you a greater hope in the Gospel, knowing that you will...Read More »
54 of 77 | Posted by: Barry Raper - Ashland City, TN

“What a reunion is going on in Heaven!! Those who were awaiting his arrival are rejoicing. I can picture Archie stiing at the feet of Jesus & giving...Read More »
55 of 77 | Posted by: Roger & Frances Phillips - IN

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Portia, Kim, Michelle, Jenifer, son-in-laws and the beautiful grandchildren. I know this is a difficult time, but...Read More »
56 of 77 | Posted by: Barry and Dawne Roberts - Decatur, AL

“My former Pastor Archie Ratliff went to be with the Lord December 17th. He was my mentor and spiritual father in the faith. Brother Archie had a...Read More »
57 of 77 | Posted by: Tim and Penny Doss - New Site, MS

“There are no words to describe the sadness we have in our hearts today, but are joyed to know that Pastor is rejoicing in heaven now. He fought a...Read More »
58 of 77 | Posted by: Nick, Jamie, Jacob, & Camden Jenkins - NC

“To all of Bro Archie's family, we share in your sorrow and also share in the blessing of knowing that Bro Archie is with Jesus today and what a time...Read More »
59 of 77 | Posted by: Ron and Jean McCraney - Decatur, AL

“So sorry for your loss may God stand beside you every step of the way and know you are always in our prayers ”
60 of 77 | Posted by: Bobby & Yuvonne Dail - La Grange, NC

“We are so saddened to hear about Preacher Archie's passing. He was a good teacher and we enjoyed hearing him preach. Thinking of and praying for the...Read More »
61 of 77 | Posted by: The Dixon's (Ralph, Amy, Spencer, & Tanner) - NC

“It grieves my heart that Pastor Archie has left us , but he is in a much better place than we are and all his suffering is gone. He is waiting for us...Read More »
62 of 77 | Posted by: Carolyn Lanier - La Grange, NC

“Dear Ratliff family so sorry for your lost I grew up from 8 years old to present under his pastoral service he was truly a man of god he always put...Read More »
63 of 77 | Posted by: David Carter - kinston , NC

“I don't remember not knowing Archie and Portia. They were a wonderful example to me growing up in sister churches in Indiana. They remained good...Read More »
64 of 77 | Posted by: Angie Neal Deel - Nashville, TN

“PORTIA AND GIRLS, SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR LOSS. CORNERSTONE AS BEEN PRAYING FOR YOU EARNESTLY. YOU WILL STILL BE IN OUR PRAYERS FOR THE DAYS...Read More »
65 of 77 | Posted by: Curtis Linton - Tulsa, OK

“Dear Portia and girls, I am so sorry to hear about Brother Archie's home going. We have so many fond memories. He shaped our lives at a time when...Read More »
66 of 77 | Posted by: Heather Fannin - Rapid City, SD

“Rev. Ratliff was my mother's pastor and when she passed he spoke at her funeral. He said one thing that has really stuck in my mind that day. "...Read More »
67 of 77 | Posted by: JEAN THOMPSON - Albemarle, NC

“Our love and Prayers to Ms. Portia and through rest of the family. Our time at Bethel holds a special place in Mine and Susans hearts. Pastor Archie...Read More »
68 of 77 | Posted by: Matt and Susan Lococo - Kinston , NC

“THANK YOU, Pastor Archie what a Godly example you have been...of a prayer warrior and of a child of the KING...THANK YOU....Mrs. Portia and family, I...Read More »
69 of 77 | Posted by: Lemaoiaiseupu Tupua - KINSTON, NC

“Portia and family, I am deeply sorry to hear of your loss. I've asked my church for prayers not only for your family but for your church family....Read More »
70 of 77 | Posted by: Tina Carter Cox - Greenville, NC

“Mr. Archie was such a blessing to have at Bethel Christian Academy. He loved the kids, came to our holiday parties (mainly for the food), talked to...Read More »
71 of 77 | Posted by: Hailey Thompson - LaGrange, NC

“His leadership and guidance is truly something that will be missed. What a great example of a Man of God. He will be greatly missed. ”
72 of 77 | Posted by: The Robert Earl Everett Family

“I am prompted to remember the sure example of faith and devotion shown through Pastor Ratliff's daily walk with Christ. He is forever living and...Read More »
73 of 77 | Posted by: Carolyn and Maria Hardy - NC

“Portia and family, My heart ached when I read of Bro Archie going to be with our Lord. I could just imagine Linda and Chris welcoming him into...Read More »
74 of 77 | Posted by: Sheila Hummel Harris - Conway, AR

“I am so saddened to hear of Pastor Ratliff's death. I pray for God's comfort to you and your family that only He can provide. I will not forget to...Read More »
75 of 77 | Posted by: Barbara M. Blevins - Glen Allen, VA

“Portia, This is Amelia Harris (previously McLeod). I was so saddened to read of Archie's passing from DeeDee Lisenby's Facebook page. I have fond...Read More »
76 of 77 | Posted by: Amelia Harris - Mableton, GA

“Portia my heart goes out to you and your family. I'm heart broken over what you are going thru. Archie has been a great husband and good friend...Read More »
77 of 77 | Posted by: June bilbrey - Smithville, TN


Archie W. Ratliff
November 29, 1949 - December 17, 2012

Kinston-Pastor Archie Wayne Ratliff, 63, Senior Pastor of Bethel Free Will Baptist Church and Bethel Christian Academy in Kinston, NC, passed away on Monday, December 17, 2012, at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

Pastor Ratliff was born November 29, 1949, in Sneedville, TN to the late John and Lucille Elliott Ratliff. Pastor Ratliff dedicated his entire life to helping others and serving Christ. Following graduation from Free Will Baptist Bible College in Nashville, Archie served God for five years at Glennville Free Will Baptist Church, Glennville, GA and then thirteen years at Peace Free Will Baptist Church, Indianapolis, IN. For the past twenty two years Archie has served as Senior Pastor of Bethel Free Will Baptist Church. Pastor Ratliff battled and defeated esophageal cancer in 2009; however, the radiation and chemotherapy treatments caused him to develop leukemia. Pastor Ratliff was one of the greatest leaders the Free Will Baptist Denomination has ever known. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Free Will Baptist Bible College for eight years and was very involved with Free Will Baptist International Missions. Pastor Ratliff guided Bethel Church to be globally involved in spreading the Gospel.

A service to honor and celebrate Pastor Ratliff's life will be held Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 7 p.m. from Bethel Free Will Baptist Church. A committal service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. from Pinelawn Memorial Park, Kinston.

Pastor Ratliff is survived by his wife of forty three years, Portia; three daughters, Kim Truett and husband, Chris; Michelle Williams and husband, Rusty; Jenifer Carnes and husband, Adam; nine grandchildren, Hunter Truett, Cole Williams, Jonathan Truett, Connor Williams, Madison Carnes, Easton Truett, Hailey Carnes, Cooper Williams and Dawson Carnes; and a brother, Steve Ratliff and wife, Debbie, of Tuscaloosa, AL.

Beginning at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Pastor Ratliff will lie in state at Bethel Free Will Baptist Church. His family will be their to receive friends Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. and again on Thursday from 4-6 p.m. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rousefh.com. 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. Arrangements are with Rouse Funeral Home, La Grange.