The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


April 9, 2014

Clyde Ruth

— Clyde Harrison Ruth, 77, of Athens passed away at his home surrounded by his family on the morning of Tuesday, April 8, 2014. He was born Nov. 21, 1936, in Hardin County, Tenn., to William Morgan Ruth and Anna Belle Hopper Ruth.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 11,  at Limestone Chapel Funeral Home with Tony Boyles officiating.  Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery.

Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Mr. Ruth was a 23-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, who served honorably in Vietnam. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Frances Ruth; grandson, Matthew Ruth; two sisters, Johnnie Mae Woodruff and Jane Rae Brown; brother, Ward Ruth.

Survivors include his son, Darren Ruth and wife Sherry; daughter, Katrina Smith and husband Michael, all of Athens; daughter, Shelia Carter and husband David; two sons, Randy Ruth and wife Rose and Dana Ruth and wife Bonnie, all of Tennessee; grandchildren, Hayden Ruth of Athens, Christie Tobey and husband Rusty, Wesley Carter, Nick Ruth and wife Melissa, Phillip Ruth and Casey Ruth, all of Tennessee; great-grandchildren, Amber Tobey, Breanna Tobey, Josalyn Ruth Garret Ruth, Madison Ruth and Briley Ruth, all of Tennessee; one great-great-grandchild, Kenzie Tobey; two brothers, Marshall “Swain” Ruth and wife Helen, Larry Ruth of Tennessee; two sisters, Martha Gary, Margie Craig of Tennessee; several nieces and nephews; and other family and friends.

Pallbearers will be Randy Ruth, Hayden Ruth, Nick Ruth, Phillip Ruth, Phillip McMahan, Wesley Carter and Chris Southard. Honorary pallbearers are Melvin Green and BJ Kennedy.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Limestone County or The American Cancer Society.

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