Margaret Smith Ratliff – obituary

by Mar 20, 2012OBITUARIES0 comments

     Margaret Smith Ratliff, 100, of the Birdtown Community went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, March 20, 2012 in Mountain View Manor nursing home. A native of Swain County, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Artie Hornbuckle Smith.

     She was preceded in death by her first husband, Cain Saunooke; her second husband, Jacob Ratliff; son, Adam Saunooke; two daughters, Mary Francis Taylor, Golinda Lambert; and one brother, James Smith.

     She is survived by two daughters, Vivian Ross, Lillian Franklin; one step daughter, Jeannette Teesateskie; one son, Solomon Saunooke, all of Cherokee; 19 grandchildren; 51 great grandchildren; 89 great great grandchildren; 26 great great great grandchildren; one great great great great grandchild; two sisters, Sallie Bradley of Cherokee, and Candy Maness of Siler City, NC.

     Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at Bethabara Baptist Church. Revs. James (Bo) Parris and Roland Whitaker will officiate with burial in Birdtown Cemetery.

     The body will be taken to the church at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday by Crisp Funeral Home to await the hour of service.