A resident of Baton Rouge, he passed away Friday, April 19, 2013, at Baton Rouge General Medical Center.
He was 82, a native of Jacoby and attended schools in the Pointe Coupee Parish school system. Mr. Rattle retired as a supervisor from LSU after 23 years of service. He was an avid LSU fan. He was born December 17, 1930. After accepting Christ at an early age, he was baptized by the late Rev. John Thomas. His love of the Lord and of music led to his sharing his anointed voice by singing and praying with the Rocks of Harmony and Southern Kings gospel groups. He sang and traveled all over the United States with both groups, and they were heard each Sunday morning on WXOK for many years. In 1997, Mr. Rattle received a Certificate of Appreciation from the State of Louisiana, Office of the Metropolitan Council, City of Baton Rouge, for providing spiritual services while he was a member of the Southern Kings. Survived by his devoted wife of more than 60 years and the love of his life, Yvonne Lacy Rattle. Together, they had four children: two daugthers, Glenda Rattle Deloach (Eddie) of Hattiesburg, Miss., and Rhonda Ann Rattle, of Baton Rouge; and two sons, Ernest Rattle Jr. (Joyce), of Baton Rouge, and Alvin Rattle (Cassandra) of Port Allen. In addition to his wife and children, Mr. Rattle was blessed with 10 grandchildren, Lazandra Singleton, Derrick (Stacy) Moore, Sharhonda Deloach (Tamron) Price, Travis (Sajata) Rattle, Kimberleigh Rattle, Ernest Rattle III, Justin Deloach, Alvin Jamal Rattle, Alvin Jerome Rattle Jr. and Melissa Thornton; sisters- and brothers-in-law, Ella Mae Carter, Gladys (Samuel Sr.) Mason, Eddie and Ethel Lacy, Edward Lacy (Debra Mills), Beulah Mae Lacy, Elaine Lacy and Irene Lacy; and godchildren, Karen Lacy, of Batchelor, and Charlene Mason Collins, of Baton Rouge. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren, his brother-in-Christ, Jerry Allen, of Batchelor, and many others that affectionately called him Daddy, Deacon, Brother, Uncle, Father, Friend and Prayer Partner. He was preceded in death by his mother, Leona Batiste Banks; stepfather, Lester Banks; father, Nathaniel Rattle; aunt, Doretha (William) Smith; and grandparents. Visiting was at Greater Beech Grove Baptist Church, 5352 Ford St., Baton Rouge, the Rev. Keno M.L. Spurlock, pastor, on Friday, April 26, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Viewing was at St. Mark Baptist Church, 11972 La. Hwy. 417, Batchelor, on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. until services at noon, conducted by the Rev. Cleveland A. Richard. Interment in the St. Mark Baptist Church cemetery. Pall bearers were Ervin Glen Lacy, Richard Ivery, Ernest Spears, Samuel Mason Jr., Doyle Lacy and Ronnie Franklin. Arrangements with Carney and Mackey Funeral Home, 1576 Robin St., Baton Rouge, (225) 774-0390.