RIP Ron Ratliff

This post was actually from Friday, and even though I posted it, it actually only saved it. I apologize for the delay…

It is with a heavy heart that I am writing to let you know that Tommy Joe’s dad has passed away. In a tweet from a family friend, the following message was sent through the twitter world:

On Friday 6th August 2010,
@cynthilu said:
Dear Twitter Family…

It is with deep sadness that I tell you that Tommy’s father Ron Ratliff passed away yesterday morning.
Please keep Dia and Tommy in your thoughts and prayers.
May he rest in peace.

Please respect them and their privacy in this time of mourning.


and today, Tommy tweeted:

@TommyJoeRatliff~ Thanks you guys for sending your condolences. It means to me and my family. love you guys.

For anyone that is interested, you can light a candle for the Ratliff family by clicking—> HERE



  1. i am sorry for your loss Tommy! Part of your foundation goes when you lose a parent DEATH LEA. VES A HEARTACHE NO ONE CAN HEAL. LOVE LEAVES A MEMORY NO ONE CAN STEAL condolences to all of your family too . take care

  2. My sincerest condolence to you Tommy. I lost my Mom a year ago and I have struggled emotionally for this great loss. The best way to honor our departed loved ones is to emulate all their best traits and always keep their memories in our mind, heart and soul. Prayers of peace, love and everlasting bliss for the soul of your DAD.

  3. FYI – People are donating to a guitar project on DonorsChoose in honor of Tommy’s dad. You can read more at and donate to the project at

  4. REDSTAR040665 says:


    Please know that my thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family. Losing a parent is very hard. Losing anyone that is close is hard enough. Please know that you are loved and have many fans that will support you and Adam’s band and dancers. God bless and may you find comfort and strength.

  5. My deepest condolences to you and your family. It is never easy for anyone to lose a family member, in particular to lose a father. I am a stranger to you and yours, but give my best wishes.

  6. Tondelao says:

    Tommy – I am sad for you today, but know your saddness will pass as all of the wonderful memories stay in your heart. My prayers are going out to you and your family.

  7. Tommy, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I can remember losing my dad at the same age you are. I send my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. You are in my prayers.

  8. Tommy…SO sorry to hear about your dad. Hang in there, and remember, you have us to try and help you through it all too!


  9. melinda#482 says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your fathers passing, Way too soon. Its always hard to lose a parent, esp. as young as you are. I am thinking of you, and feeling your sadness. I had the pleasure of meeting you, and I enjoyed our conversation, and your smile. Keep smiling, things will get better. So sorry for your terrible loss.

  10. Hey Tommy,
    I am so sorry for your loss, My prayers are with you at your time of need. Prayers and blessings always.

    Love always
    Sue Seltzer

  11. kat23mogan says:

    Tommy…we are so so sorry about you Dad. It is very hard to lose a loved one…we are here for you…Love ya…

  12. i lost my father seven months ago and i cant forget the sight that we saw him die. that was my most painful moment. in want to tell him something but he is gone, i want to give him something but he is not there anymore. i realize now that those who left in the family keeps me going esp the little children who are bunches of joy. condolences tommy. you are not alone……praying for you….

  13. Does anyone know if there is/was a memorial service? It seemed like
    Tommy didn’t take time off. (I don’t know whether he was able to take some
    time with his mom and family which of course is none of my business..)
    I’m sure he’s doing what’s best at this difficult time.

  14. Robin Schnell says:

    Tommy, I am sorry about your loss, I know how it is to loose someone close to you. I know that Adam and your family, friends and fans will help you thru these hard times.

  15. Lets not forget about Rons other son Ronald Ratliff. Ronald is a friend of mine and I know he didnt know his father as well as he would have liked. But Ron was stil his father.

  16. Margareth says:

    Dear Tommy,
    You have my sincere condolences on the loss of your father.

    i lost my father when i was 10,so i know what you feel today,but it’s not the same…

    Peace, prayers and blessings.

  17. Melanie says:

    Hey Tommy, i know now are 2 years are losing since the dead of your dad, but i know how you feel in the next month specell on 5.August 2012 then its 2 years old. But i will say you that: The Best part for your Dad is, that you always have memories of him and so you never forget him. I wish you all the best in the next years and i hope you can smile more than the last years 🙂 very good wishes from germany