Carlos Ratcliff

November 13, 1949 ~ January 26, 2022


Funeral services for Carlos Gerald Ratcliff, 72, a resident of the Southwest Louisiana Veteran’s Home in Jennings, and former resident of Sulphur will be held on Monday, January 31, 2022, in the Miguez Funeral Home Chapel at 12 noon with Pastor Roger Dale Mitchell officiating.  Burial will follow in the Southwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery under the direction of Miguez Funeral Home.

Visitation for Mr. Ratcliff will begin on Monday, January 31, 2022, at 9:30 a.m. and continue until the time of service.

Mr. Ratcliff was born on November 13, 1949, in Willits, California to Henry “Hank” Ratcliff and Effie Lois “Sis” Ratcliff.  He passed away on January 26, 2022, in Lake Charles Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.

He graduated from South Cameron High School in Creole, LA, joined the Marines and was sent to Viet Nam where he served his country honorably.  Gerald enjoyed fishing, collecting knives, and golf.  His heart, however, was with the ministry and he served as a Chaplain in Prison ministry.

Those left behind to cherish his memory are his beloved wife, Delores Pruitt Ratcliff; daughter Michelle (Charles) Bertrand of Baytown, TX; son Glen (Monica) Ratcliff of Trinity, TX; four grandchildren, Gabriel Ratcliff, Kristen Bertrand, Kanaan Bertrand and Daniel Hernandez and his beloved dog, E.V.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, John Wade “Johnny” Ratcliff and his sister, Rhonda Sue Hall Steinmetz.


Burial: Monday, January 31, 2022
1:30 pm - 12:00 am

Southwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery

Funeral Service: Monday, January 31, 2022
12:00 pm - 12:00 am

Miguez Funeral Home - Jennings

Visitation: Monday, January 31, 2022
9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Miguez Funeral Home - Jennings

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  1. My Brother I really appreciate all
    Your help,When I was on Eastham..Thank you for everything..I love you and you truly
    Will be miss love you “Little Big Man”
    George Boston

  2. Gerald you were an awesome man, cousin, Marine and Minister!! You gave me a great perspective on our Lord and savior for that I will be forever grateful. God rest your soul!! I look forward to the day when we can all be together again on God’s golden shores .. Tell all the family Ilove them and miss them so much !!Thank you for your prayers for Chris he recieved a miraculous healing from God and I know you prayed for James and I as well ❤️🙏❤️🙏Love you always, Carla Jo ❤️🙏🇺🇸🍀🌺🌸🌼🌻🌹🌹🌷🌷🌈🎖🎖Rip


  4. Every time We saw Brother Ratcliff he always had a smile and a hug. Always encouraging all who were around him. Our love and prayers are with the family. God bless.

  5. Our hearts are broken yet we can rejoice in knowing Gerald is with family, friends and our Lord. Our family will cherish each memory of times spent together. We will continue to pray for each of you.

    Bill Hale Family

  6. I love you and will miss our phone calls. We had our good memories growing up so close together. Knowing that you are with all our loved ones makes this difficult time more bearable. You were very special to me. Love you always- Ilot

  7. My Brother I really appreciate all
    Your help,When I was on Eastham..Thank you for everything..I love you and you truly
    Will be miss love you “Little Big Man”
    George Boston

  8. Went had a very good visit about a month ago what a good friend he was . He was my hero as a kid am still is till we meet again !

  9. Bro. Ratcliff was one of kind and will be greatly missed. We always looked forward to his visits. I know he and Bro. Smith are having a great time walking down the streets of gold, shouting and praising God together. Praying for you Sis. Ratcliff, Michelle Glenn and the rest of the family. Love you guys!

  10. So thankful for Bro. Gerald Ratcliff & his ministry. What a wonderful family!
    The little church in Orange that he & Sis Deloris pastored was a godsend to me. When he sang about heaven, all our spirits were lifted!
    Prayers are with Sis. Deloris & all the family.
    With sincere sympathy,
    Charlotte Wooten

  11. We are so very sorry to hear about the passing of Bro. Ratcliff. He was an amazing minister. He dedicated our son and later our daughter to the Lord back in 1998 and 2000 at Victory Life Church. We will cherish our memories and we send our love and prayers to all his family and friends.

  12. I know that you will be truly missed. My "sister girlfriend " will miss you the most. You are already sitting around the throne praising our Lord.

  13. Sis. Dodie and all the family, we love y'all and are praying for you all. We loved Bro. Gerald and missed y'all bunches. Know that we are keeping you all in our prayers and one day we will see Bro. Gerald around the Throne of God, rejoicing in the Presence of God and our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. Till then we will pray for all who loved him and remembering precious memories. Love, Raymond and Cheryl Kervin.

  14. Bro Ratcliff & family are special to us. Him and Sis Ratcliff assisted us in our first pastorate and were a great blessing. We’ll be in prayer for all of ya’ll in the days ahead and believe for divine comfort!! Love & Blessings! (I apologize I won’t make the service but I’m preaching another funeral that day)

  15. Our hearts are saddened at the news of Chap Ratcliff's passing, but we also praise GOD for the life he lived. It was a privilege meeting you Chaplain Ratcliff and we are forever grateful for ALL you did for us. Your wisdom and guidance will never be forgotten, thank you! THANK YOU for the countless hours you spent at Polunsky and many other units ministering to those behind the walls. To all his family, our sincerest condolences are sent your way. We pray GOD comforts y'all and holds you close in his loving arms. Mrs. Ratcliff, thank you for supporting his efforts as he went to minister in the prisons, he truly did make a difference in many lives. We thank GOD for allowing our paths to cross. We love you Chap and you will truly be missed.

  16. I have always loved you. My little Nannus! Be sweet my darling boy. Our savior has watched over you all your life. You always were such a good Christian, going to church with your Grandma Peshoff every time the doors opened. Your folks were a good influence on you too. Now you are there with all of them. I started naming them off and I am the only one out of the old generation left. God Bless You and keep you in the palm of His hand. I love you still. My deepest sympathy to Dodie and all the rest of the family. I hated it that I wasn't able to come but I just recently got over the Covid disease. I will see you a little later on down the line.

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