WHITNEY - Weldon Eugene Ratliff, 80, of Whitney, passed away on June 10, 2019 at Baylor Scott and White Hospital in Waco. Funeral services were on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at Marshall and Marshall Funeral Directors in Whitney with Pastor Eddie Booth officiating. After the service, a lunch was served at Sun Country Community Center in Whitney. After the luncheon, burial followed Saturday at Ater Cemetery in Coryell County (near Gatesville). A visitation was held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday evening at the funeral home.
Weldon Eugene was born on Oct. 31, 1938, in San Antonio, Texas, to Bethel Ben and Ethel (Reynolds) Ratliff. He grew up in Glen Rose, graduating from high school in 1958. On October 31,1958, in Marietta, Oklahoma, he married Frances Hodges.
Weldon (Gene) was an A&P mechanic, owner of Ratliff Ready Mix in Whitney for 15 years, owner of Brown's Campground in Colorado and after "retiring", worked 15 winters at Clifton Aero.
He loved living on the Brazos River, riding his airboat and fishing, deer hunting, spending the summers in Colorado fishing, hunting and looking at the mountains. And, he loved fishing at Lake Whitney, cooking fish, playing 42 and was an avid gardener.
He and Frances loved traveling in their RV, camping and petting "Tom Cat"!
But most of all he loved his family and was very proud of them all!
He served in the Texas National Guard and was a 50+ year member of the Caddo Grove Masonic Lodge #352.
Preceding him in death were his parents; a brother, Billy Ratliff and a great-granddaughter, Hailey Smith.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Ratliff; children, Sherry Smith (Terry); Weldon Ratliff, Jr. (Margaret), and Judith Taylor (Mike); grandchildren, Justin Smith, Travis Smith, Amanda Schaefer, Charlie Schaefer (Jessica), Jacob Ratliff (Taylor), Zachary Ratliff (Kristen) and Luke Ratliff; great-grandchildren, Jovi Smith and Oliver Schaefer; a brother, John Ratliff (Kathy); and a sister-in-law, Joanie Ratliff.
Memorials may be made to the Masonic Children and Family Services of Texas, 1240 Keller Parkway, Suite 300, Keller, TX 76248.