Patricia Sparkman Ratcliff, 79
Lakeland – Patricia
Ratcliff died on December 13, 2011 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center
due to complications of pulmonary fibrosis.
She was very proud of her family heritage. She was a
of Florida Pioneers Stephen
L. Sparkman and Simeon L. Sparkman,
who voted in the first state election in 1845.
She was born in Bartow and was a resident of Polk County
her death. A graduate of Mulberry High School and Erskine College, she
taught in the Polk County School System for 38 years. A charter member
of Alpha Delta Kappa, an International Honorary Teacher’s
Sorority, Polk County Historical Society, Imperial Polk County
Genealogical Society, East Hillsborough Historical Society, Crystal
Lake United Methodist Church and before her illness, a member of
Retired Teacher’s Association.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren
parents, Clifford and
Sparkman, brother, Billy
Sparkman, sister, Marjorie Kennedy, and
nephews, Bob Kennedy and Bill Sparkman.
She is survived by her daughter, Leslie Jones of Lakeland,
Warren “Teddy” Ratcliff (Jennifer), grandsons,
Tyler Jones, nieces, Jan Chambers and Jeanne Miller, nephews, Kelly
Kennedy, Jon and Thomas Sparkman.
Visitation was be held at
Funeral Chapel on Saturday, December 17th, 2011 from, and a graveside
service will be held on Sunday, December 18, 2011 at Oak Hill Burial