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Albert G. Horton Veterans Cemetery
Friday May 8th, 2020
9:00am - 9:00pm

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E. Vaughn Wray Funeral Establishment
Saturday May 9th, 2020

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E. Vaughn Wray Funeral Establishment
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Nina Mae Ratcliffe

Nina Mae Bost Ratcliffe, affectionately known as Ms. Nina, 81, transitioned from earth to eternity on May 4, 2020. Nina was born November 7, 1938 to the late George Wilson Bost and Beulah Anthony Bost. She graduated from G W Carver School in Kannapolis, NC. She furthered her education at Livingstone College in Salisbury, NC. There she excelled as a math major and member of the women’s basketball team. Nina pledged Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. crossing on December 12, 1957.

Nina met William “Billy” Ratcliffe through mutual friends and the two married in November 1962 at Bethel AME Zion Church in Kannapolis. For the better part of the next 57 years, she was a member of Third Baptist Church in Portsmouth, VA. The union of Ms. Nina and Mr. Billy produced three children—two sons and a daughter. Ms. Nina taught math in junior high and high schools for over 30 years in the Norfolk and Portsmouth Public School systems. She loved teaching, basketball, North Carolina and Delta Sigma Theta.

Mrs. Ratcliffe was predeceased by her husband of 42 years Billy Ratcliffe, her parents George and Beulah Bost, her brother Robert Wilson Bost and sister, Phyllis Ann Norris Bost. She is survived by sons Carlton and Walter Ratcliffe, daughter Derita Ratcliffe (Michael Dawkins), grandchildren Myesha Williams, Carlton Ratcliffe Jr and Lexus Ratcliffe and one great grandchild Aubren. Also left to cherish her memory is a niece and four nephews and brother-in-love, Glenwood Norris, Sr. During her last years she was watched over daily by her friend and Soror Evelyn Hyman.

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My heart goes out to the entire Ratcliffe Family during there time of bereavement. Continually praying for you all. Mrs.Ratcliffe will be dearly missed.
Garrett Hooker

Garrett May 9 2020 12:00 AM

I wish to offer my condolences to the family during this period of grief. I loved Nina and her precious smile. Nina volunteered in the office at Third Baptist Church and was truly appreciated. May God bless her memory.

Janice Brown Allen May 8 2020 12:00 AM

My condolences to the family of Nina Ratcliffe. I will always remember the good times that my husband, Clarence and I had with Nina and Billy. When Nina found out that Billy and I shared the same birthday she always planned a small celebration for us. Nina was a loving and kind person that I will always remember. My prayers are with the family.

Rondalyn Gibson Mills May 7 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry Derita to hear of your mother's passing. On behalf of all your Eastern Kentucky University friends and family, our sincere condolences are extended to you and your family. Stay safe in these unprecedented times.
Your friend and former EKU colleague
Karl Park

Karl Park May 6 2020 12:00 AM

Soror Nina was a loving Soror of PAC-DST for many years. I remember my 1st trip to General Assembly with her and Soror Hyman. We shared a wonderful new experience for me as a new Soror. I will never forget how she helped me when I became financial secretary years later. She was a delightful person. Rest now in the Arms of your Savior

Soror Patricia Davis May 6 2020 12:00 AM

Derita my fondest memories of your Mother is when she travelled with me from Richmond, KY to Altoona, PA (8 hours) for a friends funeral. We had such a good time, laughing and talking. We stayed with my Mother and you would have thought they had been friends for years. We had a great time on our way home also. We'll miss her.
She was a woman of God, so you know she's at rest. Take care, may God bless and keep you and your family.

David and Debbie Jenkins May 5 2020 12:00 AM

Nina was a very lovely person. Always sending cards for ever occasion. She was a blessing for us here in Richmond KY (EKU). Rest easy Nina. Love and prayers to all her family. Roger and Maxine Hinton.

Maxine Hinton May 5 2020 12:00 AM

Soror Nina was always a warm and caring person. Derita, my prayers are with you and your family. May God wrap His arms around you and hold you tight.

Billie Rothel-Martin May 5 2020 12:00 AM

I would like to extend my deepest condolences and prayers to the entire Ratcliffe family. May Gods love and comfort embrace you all in the days to come.

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Crystal Wilder May 5 2020 12:00 AM

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