Joyce Ratliff, age 72, of Edgarton, WV, departed this life on Sunday, December 18, 2011 at the South Williamson, KY ARH Hospital.
Psalms 91:11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
Joyce was given the gift of heavenly rest for her birthday, which is December 19, 1938, she was born in Glen Alum, WV, a daughter of the late William Stewart and Mary Ocie Matney Croaff.
In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by sisters Myrtle, Virginia, Ruth, and Clara Nell, and brother William "Billy" S. Croaff.
In addition to being a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend, and neighbor, Joyce was a 1956 graduate of Matewan High School, and was a homemaker.
She leaves to honor her loving memory and mourn her passing her loving husband, Darrell Ratliff of Edgarton, WV; sons Barry D. (Melissa) and Ricky D. (Donna) Ratliff; daughter Joy L. (Jerry) Dotson; brothers Eddie (the late Bernice) Croaff and Larry (Christine) Croaff; grandchildren Crysta Bias; Austin Trout; Stephanie Ratliff; Ashley Ratliff McCoy; Sydney and Kristin.
Joyce is also survived by close family friend Blakey Hurley and the family would like to extend their gratitude to Dr. Ali the ER and ICU nursing Staff of the South Williamson, KY ARH Hospital for their kind and personalized care.
Honoring Services will be held Thursday, December 23, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. at the Freeburn Church of God with the Rev. Johnny Fields officiating.
The body will lie in state an hour prior to the service at the church.
Burial will follow at the Croaff Family plot of the Blackberry City, WV Cemetery. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
The family will begin receiving friends on Tuesday, December 20, and Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at Chambers Funeral Services Chapel from 6-9 p.m. with a special service on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.
Arrangements are under the direction of Chambers Funeral services of Matewan, WV