19 Feb 2018
Ernest Stephen Ratledge, age 69 of Cleveland passed away, Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at Life Care Center of Cleveland after an extended illness. He was a native of McMinn County, Tenn., resident of Cleveland since 1971 and preceded in death by his wife of 48 years: Sandra Ratledge, Paternal Grandparents: Henry Lee and Kitty Mae (Robinson) Ratledge and Maternal Grandparents: Windfred and Mattie Lee (Goins) Coleman. Stephen recieved primary and secodary education at North City Elementary and McMinn County High School in Athens, Tenn. and was a member of the Methodist Faith and Big Spring United Methodist Church. He served three years and nine months active duty in the U. S. Navy as a seaman in the supply corps, and was a member of the commissioning crew of the USS New Jersey in April 1968 for service in the Viet Nam War. While aboard the New Jersey, he recieved a Viet Nam Service ribbon and two campaign stars and a Presidential Unit Citation. His last active duty station was aboard the USS Robison with six months of combat duty in Viet Nam. He recieved an honorable discharge from the Naval Reserve in 1971. An Associate Science Degree was conferred upon him in 1973 at Cleveland State Community College, Cleveland, Tenn. In 1975, he earned his Batchelor of Science Degree in business administration with emphasis in accounting at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. During his college enrollment, he was employed with various supermarkets. After graduation he worked as a bookeeper/accountant for different local businesses. Survivors: Son: Shane Ratledge; of Tallahassee Fla. Brother and Sister-in-law: Lucky Allen and Ellen (Cunningham) Ratledge of Etowah, Tenn. Mother and Father: Acton and Ruth (Coleman) Ratledge of Athens, Tenn., Sister-in-law and husband: Jacquetta (Nipper) and Ron Culberson of Hermitage, Tenn., several aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, and cousins.
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