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OBIT: Mrs. Judy Hale Ratcliff, Age 70, Of Halls Hill

Mrs. Judy Hale Ratcliff, a homemaker of the Halls Hill Community, died at 1:45 p.m. Friday afternoon September 15, 2017 at the St. Thomas Hospital West in Nashville at the age of 70. She was first diagnosed with lymphoma in September of 2007.

Funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home were conducted by Rev. Monica Mowdy at 11 a.m. Monday morning September 19th. Burial followed in the Ridgewood Cemetery.

One of three children, she was born Judy Claudette Hale in the Grace Hospital in Detroit in Wayne County, Michigan on May 26, 1947 and was the daughter of the late Warner Gross Hale who died at the age of 65 on January 13, 1980 and Georgia Mae Dickerson Hale who died at the age of 85 on May 8, 2011.

A sister, Betty Jean Hale Barrett, died in March 18, 1969 at the age of 25.

She was also preceded in death by their son-in-law, Matthew Brian Givens who collapsed of a heart attack on February 18, 2015 at the age of 37 while working a shift at the William L. Bonnell Co. in Gordonsville.

She received a General Education Degree from the Wayne County School system and a degree in cosmetology from Virginia Farrell School of Cosmetology.

On November 12, 1965 she was united in marriage to Georgia native James Franklin “Frankie” Ratcliff. The wedding vows were at the Desoto Street Michigan home of Willis “Shorty” Petty and with his late wife Nettie Ileen Silcox Petty as the witness.

As long as health permitted Mrs. Ratcliff attended the Carthage Church of God.

Surviving in addition to her husband of almost fifty two years is their daughter, Karen Ratcliff Givens of the Halls Hill Community; grandson, Dillon Givens; brother, James Hale and wife Mary of Carthage.