Pernell Ratcliff, Sr. was born on September 15, 1956 to the late Annie Mae and James Ratcliff. Pernell quietly slipped away from us on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at his residence in Portsmouth, Virginia. Pernell attended Portsmouth Public Schools. He retired from Gwaltney Packing Company in Smithfield and Portsmouth, Virginia. He also worked for the YMCA in Portsmouth, Virginia for 30 years. He was a hard working man.
Pernell gave his life to Christ and was a member of Calvary Evangelical Baptist Church under the direction of Dr. Allen R. McFarland in Portsmouth, Virginia. Pernell loved going to baseball games. His favorite teams were the Milwaukee Bucks and the Atlanta Braves. His favorite football team was the New England Patriots. Pernell loved to wear his hats and you would never see him without his hat off. He also loved music such as the Oldies but Goodies and he enjoyed seeing his family happy.
Pernell leaves to cherish his precious memories his wife, Shirley Ratcliff; three sons, Arthdale Brown, Pernell and William Evans; three daughters, Arnelia Simmons, Keisha Sims (Randy) and Christina Scott; sisters, Roberta Spratley, Janetta Drew, Marion Brown, Mary and Vanessa Ewing (Don); brothers, Leon Spratley and Joseph Ratcliff; ten grandchildren, three great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews that loved him and will miss him dearly.