William Edward Ratcliffe, 70, of Brunswick, departed this life Thursday, January 10, 2019, at Southeast Georgia Health Systems.
Born September 22, 1948, in Brunswick, Georgia, he was a 1966 graduate of Glynn Academy and attended Brunswick Junior College, Georgia Southern, South Georgia College, The Jewelers Institute of America, and Emory Candler School of Theology Course of Study.
He was a living donor recipient and was the recipient of two kidney transplants. He had a tremendous love of music and model trains. He was a member of The South Georgia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. He was a youth and choir director as well as a member of Chancel Choir at First United Methodist Church in Brunswick. He also served as the pastor of several churches and served a mission ministering in Methodist Church Spanish Wells, Bahamas. He served as the Chaplain of Southeast Georgia Health System. He was also a past member of the Brunswick Kiwanis Club, Downtown Business Association, and a member of the Order of DeMolay.
Survivors include his daughter, Jennifer (Keith) Emery; grandchildren Cody, Alyssa, Will and Haley Emery; mother, Sara Ratcliffe; brother, Charlie (Nancy) Ratcliffe; and nephews, Eric and Scotty Ratcliffe. He was preceded in death by his wife, Arlene E. Ratcliffe; father, Charlie G. Ratcliffe; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. S. Hadley Brown; and paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John A. Ratcliffe.
Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 14 at Brunswick First United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Abiding Memorial fund at First United Methodist Church or to the American Kidney Foundation. www.edomillerandsons.com