Bishop Eli Ratcliff, Jr. passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Bishop Ratcliff was the son of the late Bishop Eli Ratcliff, Sr. and General Mother Ophelia Burrell. He was born in Lilesville, NC on March 16, 1929. He was a graduate of I.C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth, VA. and was an outstanding chef throughout NC. Bishop Ratcliff was called to the ministry in 1959. He served the Lord and Lincoln Park Holiness Church faithfully for over 55 years.
Bishop Ratcliff is survived by his wife and love of his life, Margaret Ratcliff; children: William Ratcliff (Chandullal), Clarence Ratcliff (Christine) and Patti Allen; grandchildren: Takara Morris (Teron), Quenten Ratcliff, Kevin Ratcliff (Dorothy), Clyde Allen and great grandchild Aria Morris; along with a host of nieces, nephews, in-laws and cousins. His brother Edward Ratcliff and sister Elizabeth Ratcliff preceded him in death.
Family visitation and service will be held at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Lincoln Park Holiness Church, 13 Heath Street, Raleigh, NC. The Home Going Celebration service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 16th at Mount Calvary Word of Faith, 3100 Sanderford Road, Raleigh, NC.