James "Big Jim" Franklin Ratledge Jr.
Aug 29, 2013
James \"Big Jim\" Franklin Ratledge Jr.
Aug. 29, 2013
James \"Big Jim\" Franklin Ratledge Jr., 89, of the Piney Grove community near Athens, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born on March 17, 1924. James proudly wore the uniform of this country serving in the U.S. Army. He also served in the Tennessee National Guard as a member of the 278th Regimental Combat Team activated during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Meridian Sun Masonic Lodge 50 F&AM, and had most recently received his 50-year membership certificate. He was a member of Piney Grove United Methodist Church, having attended for more than 20 years.
A native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, he was a son of the late James F. Sr. and Asalee Ghorley Ratledge, and was also preceded in death by one sister, Gladys M.; and three brothers, Franklin D., Fred O., and D.W. Lillard.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Maudie Crabtree Ratledge of Athens; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jimmy and Deanna Ratledge of Athens, and Mike and Linda Ratledge of Athens; one daughter and son-in-law, Ginger and Mike Weese of Athens; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Louie Arnwine of Niota, and Grove Odom of Murfreesboro; and two brothers, Howard Ratledge of Niota, and William Ratledge of Athens.
A Masonic service will be prior to the funeral service at 7 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Ziegler Funeral Home with the Rev. Gayle Crabtree and the Rev. Mark Sliger officiating.
Burial will be 2 p.m. Sunday in Piney Grove Cemetery with military honors.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Ratledge, Mike Ratledge, Jonathan Weese, David Ratledge, John Ratledge and Tyler Ratledge.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
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Ziegler Funeral Home of Athens has been entrusted with the care of James \"Big Jim\" Franklin Ratledge Jr.