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Buddy C.
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  • Paying Respects to Neil Ratchford

    by Representative Earl L. "Buddy" Carter

    Posted on 2016-01-12

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    CARTER of Georgia asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. CARTER of Georgia. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay respects to Neil Ratchford, who passed away peacefully on Sunday at the age of 87.

    Mr. Ratchford was born on November 1, 1928. He grew up and lived his entire 87 years in Guyton, Georgia.

    He will be remembered as the sausage man because he made hot meat sausage, a family tradition since 1898. He continued this family tradition until 1999, when he passed along the business to his son-in- law.

    Throughout his life, he stayed community- and family-minded, believing that the best committee meetings were those with three members and two absent.

    For over 50 years, along with his friend Lawton Nease, he spearheaded the 5th Sunday Men's Breakfast, which brings fathers and their sons together for a morning of faithful worship at the Guyton United Methodist Church.

    He was a man of few words but believed you should make your words count. In the end, he joins his wife, Mary Olive, having lived a long, fruitful life raising four children and two grandsons, who now attend my alma mater, the University of Georgia.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.


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