Charlene J. Ratledge, 83, of Kingston, TN passed away on Monday, May 15, 2023. Charlene was born in Rockwood, TN on May 16, 1939, the daughter of Charlie and Mayme Jackson. She was a loving wife and mother. Charlene briefly worked in the cafeteria at Kingston Elementary and devoted housewife for 23 years. Charlene had a passion for gardening, reading, watching Western movies, traveling, and spending time with her beloved family. She was cared for by her devoted grandson, Charles Kanipe and Kimmy Morgan along with grandchildren, Joseph and Jaselyn.
Charlene was preceded in death by her husband, Robert (RJ) Ratledge, daughter-in-law, Breanna Ladd; grandchild Seiera Ladd; parents Charlie and Mayme Jackson; siblings Sandra Jackson Webb and John C. Marney.
Survivors include children Tijuana Beason (James Burnette) of Harriman, TN; Kenneth (Cathy) Ladd of Bastrop, TX; Teddie (Phyllis) Ladd of Beaumont, TX; Roger (Jolynn) Ladd of Ooltewah, TN; Claude Ladd of Birchwood, TN, and Charles (Erica) Ladd of Louisville KY; 18 grandchildren, a host of great-grandchildren, a great-great-grandchild; sister, Joann Clark of Kingston and sister, Brenda Yates of Kingston; many wonderful nephews and nieces.
Visitation for family and friends will be held Sunday, May 21, 2023, from 1:00 pm (EST) – 3:00 pm at Kyker Funeral Home at 350 W Race St, Kingston, TN 37763. Funeral service is immediately following visitation at 3:00 pm. Charlene will be laid to rest at the Chattanooga National Cemetery 1200 Bailey Ave. Chattanooga TN with her husband, Robert Ratledge on Monday, May 22, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. Kyker Funeral Home of Kingston is serving the Ratledge Family.