Glenn Samuel "Sam" Ratcliff
January 01, 1950 - November 24, 2017
Monday, April 02, 2018 12:37 PM
Dear loving family of Glenn “Sam”,
I’m very sorry for the sad loss of your beloved husband Glenn and beloved father. Though I don’t know you, or your dear husband Sam and your dear father, I want to offer you and your family my deepest sympathy in your painful loss.
I’m hoping that by my sharing with you what continues to bring me comfort in the most painful losses in my life that you will find an added measure of comfort too. My beloved Mom and Dad and my beloved youngest brother have all died in the past little over 3 1/2 years and my brother died a little over 1 1/2 years ago suddenly and very unexpectedly at age 51.
I think about the fact that they’re not suffering in any way, and that means a lot to me! And I look forward to seeing and being with them again when they’re resurrected back to life here on the earth that will be restored to Paradise conditions! I hope to be here then to welcome them each back to life with a close and loving hug!
Acts 24:15 promises “that there is going to be a resurrection.” Ecclesiastes 9:11b explains why many die; that “time and unexpected events (Or, “unforeseen occurrence”) overtake them all.”
Our loving God doesn’t cause sad things to happen to our loved ones, as James 1:13 helps us to understand. There it reads, ‘When under trial, let no one say: “I am being tried by God.’ For with evil things God cannot be tried nor does he himself try anyone.’”
2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 speak of God as “the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our trials so that we may be able to comfort others in any sort of trial with the comfort that we receive from God.” And Isaiah 65:17b tells us that the former things will not be called to mind, neither will they come up into the heart.” - Thus the intense sadness that we experience now, won’t even be remembered after Jehovah God resurrects our loved ones; thereby undoing the sad effects of death and the pain being separated from them brings.
Jesus’ words to his disciples gives comfort as to our loved ones; speaking of his friend Lazarus’ death as sleep, then clearly saying “Lazarus has died.”- John 11:11-15, 38-44 Then Jesus raised Lazarus back to life showing what he will do for our loved ones in the resurrection!
Revelation 21:4 tells of the wonderful time when no one will ever die again; and then no more mourning or sadness, “And (God) will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”
Psalms 37:10, 11, 29 tell of the hope for many upon their resurrection, to be welcomed back to life by their loved ones and then to live here on the earth when it’s restored to Paradise conditions! Then no wicked, the meek will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace to live forever upon the earth! To live the way our Creator meant for us to live, then even the animals will be peaceful and safe as Isaiah 11:6-9 says.
No more sickness of any kind as Isaiah 33:24 says, ‘No resident will say: “I am sick.’” Then no more tragedies to separate loving family members from each other!
Older ones will grow young again, as Job 33:25 promises, "Let his flesh become fresher (Or, "healthier") than in youth; Let him return to the days of his youthful vigor."
I hope that you’re finding comfort in your memories, perhaps by looking at pictures. And I hope that these and other verses will help you too. I also find comfort in saying out loud to myself, ‘Mom is safe in God’s memory’ Dad .... and my brother (saying his name) is ....
Romans 15:4 say, "For all the things that were written beforehand were written for our instruction, so that through our endurance and through the comfort from the Scriptures we might have hope."
I hope that his loving bulldog Pretty Girl is doing ok.
Please go to www.jw.org for more comfort.
Cindy Boyer (Mohnton)
Friday, December 22, 2017 11:59 AM
My Poppy was a man that would bend over backwards to help you in any way he could. Would always give an ear if you wanted to talk or shoulder to cry on. Simply put - he was the best!
Love you and miss you.
Billy Raynor (Henrico, VA)
Thursday, December 14, 2017 8:52 AM
The best things I'll always remember about you when I was little was when you use to ask me Hey bud, can you give me a hand doing this or can you you grab me this from the she'd. I use to think I was the strongest boy around. Cause someone like you that was that's really good at what you did, needed my help in order to do it. Made me feel really good.
Or when You would catch me walking home down the driveway and would ask for help and you say it only a couple of this it only take a couple of minutes, but then I would fine myself walking home 5 hours. I would be so mad when I got home I remember telling dad Everytime I come down the driveway he catches me, and everytime he says it only a couple of things...dad would laugh yeah he gets me sometimes too. But help him because he cant do it like he use to. So help him when he's needs it.
I didn't understand at the time that you were getting older and needed help doing things more and more every year...and even though I didn't wanna do it or I bitch to Dad about going or whatever. I would change it for nothing in the world. Cause while you needed help with things you also taught me about how to be a man and what the important things in life were.
Things were the just a couple stories of the thousands that I have of you. That now I will be able to carry on and passed down to my kids.
But there are just a couple of things and I will regret everyday. What is the biggest thing was leaving Virginia without telling you goodbye and giving you and grandma hug. I just wanted to say I was sorry and I didn't know I wasn't going to be able to see you again for 7 years.
Or being there to help you more out in the yard especially when you were out there waiting for me after I told you I would come down and help.
But I'm so glad I got to come see you before you left us tonight. At least I kept my word on that and I couldn't have done it with out Jessica Valladares which could never thank enough for doing and put half half the trip and Jacobo Cardenas couldnt of have been a better brother even if I had in my self he came up with the other half and then some extra and drove 2 hour to the bus station and picked me up when I got back. Thank both of y'all so much.
Then I there I told you I was coming I don't think you really believed me or fogot, but when you saw me. I never seen you so happy to see me in your whole and I know I felt the same way. Me and you had our talk about how things are suppose go in life and told me to look after everyone and other things that are really important to us and I'm going to keep between me him and god because I know you would want it that way. And I know you'll be waiting looking down waiting fir it to happen and I promise it will happen
But talking to you tonight made me feel like I did back In the day...but this time it was putting you to rest. Maybe I'm wrong IDK but I think you lasted as long as you did without those machines was that you were waiting for me to call one last time to let you know that we're all going to be alright....and to let you know that it's okay to let go and stop fighting the good fight... Because now you have someone that will fight the good fight for our family...weather WHO EVER is fighting or not. I will be here for my family I promised you i will....your the hardest working man I know and I know you didn't go until you decided when you wanted to go and were ready to go.....but I truly believe you weren't ready to go until you talk to your grandson one last time.... And I got to tell you I love you one last time and I missed you always asking my me Bud you know the ol saying and it was always something goofy but made since at the same time. But this time I'm going to do this one and see how you like mine...but I love you I've always have and will missed you and look out FOR ALL OF US AND GRAND BABY FIRST!....I LOVE YOU AND YOU KNOW THW OLD SAYING AFTER YOU LEFT US TODAY
“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” —Benjamin Franklin
R.I.P EXPECT ME TO STILL YELL YOU HAPPY BIRTHDAY ON NEW YEARS
I LOVE YOU AND PLEASE GIVE ME THE STRENGTH TO GET PASS THIS
Justin Oliver (Stanley/Charles City, Virginia, ND)
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 8:02 PM
I remember calling him Uncle Sam. He was always there for me when I was young and needed someone to talk to. He made time for me no matter what he had going on. I remember he would work long hours rain or shine and he loved his backhoes and other equipment he was like a kid with his toys. He always made sure his family was provided for. Uncle Sam will remain in my heart forever and we will meet one day on glory road. Love you Uncle Sam ??
Kathy Cole (Clev, TN)
Wednesday, December 06, 2017 7:41 PM
My prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to your family for the loss of Sam. I will always remember Poppy’s kindness and that special smile which was contagious with anyone he came in contact with. From the moment I met Poppy he treated me like family and I will definitely miss his storytelling. You are in my thoughts and prayers and my heart aches for your loss
Jocelyn Diaz-Gonzalez (North Prince George, VA)
Thursday, November 30, 2017 12:39 PM
A Tribute to My Stepdad and Friend
My stepdad, Sam Ratcliff, was one of the most caring, selfless, and thoughtful people I have ever known. He consistently put others before himself and has always been there for all of us from the day he and my mom got married. We were not his children by blood though he loved us as if we were.
For the past 50 years, he owned and operated a construction company in the central Virginia area. Sam never knew a stranger. He liked everyone and everyone liked him. He was a friend to anyone he ever met, whether it was a co-worker, neighbor, a store clerk, or someone on the side of the road.
You just can't not love him.
Bobbi Raynor (Cumberland, VA)