Mrs. Iris Ratliff Deese, age 78, entered into rest on Sunday, July 25, 2021 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Funeral services will be 5:00 PM Wednesday, July 28, 2021 from the Chapel of Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home by Pastor Hank Griffin and Brent Taylor with burial to follow in the Clanton Plains Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 PM Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at the funeral home.
Mrs. Deese was born November 13, 1942 in Ruby, SC a daughter of the late Duncan L. and Ruth Lucille Gulledge Ratliff. She was a retired supervisor with Bo-Buck Mills with over 50 years of service. Iris was a life-long member of Clanton Plains Baptist Church where she served as former Sunday school teacher. Mrs. Deese was known as the “heart of her family,” who loved her grandchildren very much and was a caretaker for all of them. She enjoyed reading, selling Avon, watching westerns, and playing Sudoku puzzles.
In addition to her parents, Iris was also preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Lee Deese; daughter, Teresa Lynn Gulledge; grandson, Philip Gulledge; great granddaughter, Bailey Hodge; brother, Harry Dean Ratliff, Sr.; sister, Nell R. Wilkerson; nieces, Wendy W. Sellers, Cindy Ratliff, and Wanda W. Morgan; nephews, Brent Ratliff, Billy Ratliff, C.J. Parker, and Chris Ratliff.
Survivors include her children, Stewart (Cindy) Gibson of Chesterfield, SC; Rena Albright, and Randall (Angie) Gibson both of Ruby, SC; grandchildren, Sandi Gulledge, Bridget (Jr.) Hodge, Brian Gibson, Brandy (Joe) Deese, Jesse (Robin) Gilmore, Christie (Josh) Shaw, Brooke (Josh) Howard, Harleigh Payne, and Madason Gibson; 13 great grandchildren and 1 soon be arriving; brother, Billy Gene (Vickie) Ratliff of Ruby, SC; sisters, Joyce Ann Ratliff Mills of Ruby, SC, and Janice Ratliff Parker of Chesterfield, SC; sisters-in-law, Dot (Tommy) Jordan, and Myrtle Ratliff; and her beloved dog, “Georgia.”
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123.
Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home of Chesterfield, SC (www.mrcfuneralhome.com) is serving the Deese family.