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Juanita Ratliff Payton, 85

Juanita Ruth Ratliff Payton, 85, of Portsmouth, Ohio, passed away from this world, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at SOMC Hospice in Portsmouth, Ohio. She was born in Portsmouth, Ohio, Sept. 9, 1927, a daughter of the late Clarence Ratliff and Elizabeth Bradley Ratliff.

She was a homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister. She is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Payton, Jan. 3, 2000, great grandson, Michael Swords, Jr., one daughter Johnna Thompson, two sons, Mark M. Thompson and Steven R. Thompson and one brother, Delbert R. Ratliff.

Surviving are two daughters, Jolynn “David” Craft and LeAnn Scherer both of Portsmouth, Ohio, three sisters, Elnora Ratliff and Betty White both of Portsmouth, Ohio and Donna Caamal of Hephzibah, Ga., nine grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren.

Funeral service is 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at the Roberson Funeral Home in South Shore, Ky., with Rev. Brian Holbrook, officiating. Burial is in Jamison Cemetery, Garrison, Ky.

Friends may call at the Roberson Funeral Home from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Friday. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to SOMC Hospice, 2201 25th street, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662.

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