Ruthie Lee Hatton

February 10, 1928September 9, 2013

Ruthie Lee Newsome Hatton was born on February 10, 1928 to Rufus Lee and Audalia Tessie Newsome in Simonton, Texas. She was the first of twelve children born to this union. She was the first grandchild for Mack and Rebecca Newsome and Johnny and Evelena Banks. Ruthie was much adored and loved by her parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles and that love sprouted within her and spread over everyone she came in contact with.

Being raised in a God fearing home, her parents taught her about the Almighty God, so Ruthie accepted Christ at the tender age of twelve years old, under the leadership of the Rev. Sonny Banks at the Lively Hope Baptist Church in Simonton, Texas. After finishing her elementary and junior high education she graduated from J. O. Williams High School in Wallis, Texas in May, 1945. Her mode of transportation was her trusty horse.

She met and married Major Spates in June of 1947 and to this union two children were born. She married Robert Lee Hatton, Sr. on September 27, 1952 and to this union, seven children were born. She and Robert loved and raised their nine children until his death on August 12, 1974. Ruthie persevered and raised her nine children in the love and admonition of God and to love and support family in unity. Ruthie was a hard worker and retired from the Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. She served as Secretary for the Sr. & Jr. Women auxiliary, Associate Director of the Youth Round-Up for Christ, Assistant Teacher in the Sunday school and in the Women auxiliary, along with several other offices. She was an active member of the Christian Women’s Fellowship of America, The Mother of the Church and responsible for the Eucharist and mentoring younger women. She served tirelessly at Now Faith Christian Center under Pastor R. Nicholas Spiller until her demise. She conducted bible studies out of her home for the neighborhood children, provided shelter, food, clothing, and financial support to innumerable people over her lifetime but most of all she walked the Christian life and not just talked about it. She also served as past President and Vice President of the Brookhaven Civic Club and was an avid gardener, and excellent cook, and would work anyone under the table. Ruthie departed this earthly life to begin her eternal life on September 9, 2013 at the age of 85.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, parents, uncles, aunts, her brother Rufus Lee Newsome, Jr., her grandchildren: Sheila Renee Brooks, Adrian Carlyle Walker, Jerel Jermaine Anderson, Michael E. Williams, Michelle Renee’ Williams; her oldest great-grandson, Carson O. Jones, Jr.; her great-great grandson Christian Durham. She leaves to carry on her legacy of love her siblings and their spouses: Freddie M. Newsome, John E. (Alma) Newsome, Sr.; Herman R. (Rose) Newsome; Charles A. (Lois) Newsome; James E. (Pam) Newsome; Mary L. Edwards, Estella M. (Melvin) Smith, and Edna M. (R. B.) Deauvearo; and Jessie Mae Newsome, her loving sister-in-law. She also leaves her children and their spouses: Larry E. (Mary) Spates; Shirley Ruth Anderson; Lester C. Hatton; Robert L. Hatton, Jr.; Michael A. Hatton, Patricia A. (Edward) Williams; Timothy W. (Kim) Hatton; Bertha M. (Paul) McCloud; and Edith D. Hatton. She leaves behind 29 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren, and 25 great-great grandchildren: numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and neighbors. Who can find a virtuous woman? Her worth is more the rubies and gold! God found one in Ruthie Lee Hatton.


  • Visitation Service Monday, September 16, 2013
  • Homegoing Service Tuesday, September 17, 2013
  • Interment Tuesday, September 17, 2013

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Shawanda Banks

October 16, 2013

Granny was the best grandma in the world. She stayed we me at Methodist for more than 10 hours when I had my brain surgery. I would call granny when I had an appt. downtown so that I could stop and see her before my appt. Granny would always have some tea cake ready for me. Granny loved us all the same and she loved each of us in her own special way. On behalf of the Hatton family we would like to thank everyone for their support and the love you have shown our family at this time. Granny we love you and we' ll meet you on the other side. May God Bless and keep you all safe in his arms.

Phyllis Dean

October 3, 2013

Mrs. Ruthie may you rest in peace, me and my family will never forget your kind and giving sprit. and my God continue to confort your family love the Dean Family

October 3, 2013

Ms. Ruthie may you rest in and my family will never forget you and your kind and giving sprit. my God continue to comfortyour family love The Dean Family

William Smith

September 28, 2013

Mike, Edna and the Hatton Family; your mom and sister was such a beautiful lady. Celebrate her memories. We love you.
Your neighbors and friends.
William and Joyce Smith

Pauline Sephus

September 20, 2013

Edna,I'm praying you and your family will feel the gentle touch of our heavenly Father's presence, bringing comfort to your heart and filling you with peace.

With Love,
Heartfelt Prayers

September 19, 2013

I would like to send my sincere condolences to the Hatton Family. May God continue to keep each of you… during this difficult time. For His Grace and Mercy are sufficient to endure all things.
God Bless…
Bro. Eric Perry

September 19, 2013

Robert, my prayers are with you and your family.
In Christ's love

Louise Edwards

September 18, 2013

"My prayers and thoughts are with the family. We will truly miss Granny Hatton. She was a kind, humble and always had a smile on her face. May you rest in peace.
Louise, Marvin, Kristalyn, Mary & Olivia

Jessica Derra

September 18, 2013

My condolences to the family of Sis. Hatton. She was definitely an example of a virtuous woman. She was always so kind, loving and encouraging to me. I will miss her sweet spirit.

September 18, 2013

Ruthie was such a wonderful person who exemplified such a sweet spirit. I was very blessed by the words she spoke at my grandmother's Homegoing Service. It really encouraged all of us.May God bless and keep you.

Erica Moshay