Johnnie Merritt Crisp Ratcliff, 90, a lifelong resident of Cleveland, passed away Sunday, June 29, 2014.
She was born on May 9, 1924, to the late Robert E. Crisp and Beulah A. Crisp.
She was of the Baptist faith and a member of Big Spring Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James W. “Dub” Ratcliff; daughter, Janice Geren; two sisters: Emma Lee King and Evelyn Fisk; and one brother, Robert E. “Bobby” Crisp Jr.
She is survived by her daughter, Deanna Thacker and her husband, Eddie; grandchildren: Angela Mahoney and husband, Dennis, Meleah Geren and Michelle Anderson; great-grandchildren: Taylor Mahoney, Olivia Anderson, Phallyn Anderson, Dakota Geren, Mathew Ramsey, Trevor Ramsey and Colton Ramsey; two brothers: Mitchell Crisp and Michael Crisp; several nieces and nephews; numerous other extended family members; and a host of friends.
A celebration of her life is planned for Friday, July 4, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Big Spring Baptist Church, 1415 Hardwick St., in Cleveland with the Rev. Daniel Malone officiating.
Interment will follow in the Sunset Memorial Gardens with Eddie Thacker, Larry Kennedy, Dennis Mahoney, Dakota Geren, Lee Belcher, Mathew Ramsey, Trevor Ramsey and Gene Ramsey serving as pallbearers. Colton Ramsey, Olivia Anderson, Phallyn Anderson and Taylor Mahoney will serve as honorary pallbearers.
The service will conclude with a white dove release.
The family will receive friends today in the chapel of Companion Funeral Home, 2415 Georgetown Road, from 5 to 9 p.m., and also at the church two hours prior to the 1 p.m. service time on Friday.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial donations be made to the Big Spring Baptist Church in Johnnie’s memory.
You are encouraged to share a memory of Johnnie and/or your personal condolences with her family by visiting her memorial web page and guest book at www.companionfunerals.com.