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Ruth Melton Howerton

March 22, 1928June 14, 2020

Mrs. Ruth Melton Howerton of Greensboro, NC who resided at Friends Homes West died peacefully in her sleep at Cone Hospital on Sunday, June 14, 2020. She was 92 years old. She was very active in her church, First Baptist Church of Greensboro, NC, where she was Youth Director at one time, a Sunday school teacher for 25 years, director of the College Department, member of W.M.U., member of the Recreation Committee, the Worship Committee, the Pastor Relations Committee, the Nominating Committee, the Pastor Search Committee, the Decorating Committee, and a member of the Shining Light Sunday School class. Ruth was born in Inverness, Mississippi to the late Robert Auvergne Melton and Ruth Gandy Melton who both predeceased her. She graduated from Inverness High School and then attended and graduated from Judson College where she was President of the Student Government Association. After graduating she was called to be the first full-time Youth Director at First Baptist Church of Greensboro, NC in 1950. At the church she met her husband, the late Zachariah Hampton Howerton Jr. whom she married in 1951. Then she worked as a secretary at U.N.C.G., and later as the executive secretary of the American Cancer Society of Guilford County. She then stayed home to raise her two children. After they were raised, she worked at the Guilford County Board of Elections, first as a volunteer, and then part-time during elections. Ruth was very active in several organizations including A.A.U.W., Alpha Psi Omega, Guilford Battle Chapter of N.C.D.A.R., Legal Auxiliary, Preservation Society, Blandwood Guild, Greensboro Symphony Guild, Greensboro Study Club, Daubers Garden Club, Greensboro Council of Garden Clubs, and the P.T.A. Ruth was a very out-going person with many close friends. She kept in close touch with all of them, and was there for them through thick and thin. She loved people and her smile was enjoyed by many. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, a natural born leader, a great cook, and a wonderful flower arranger. Ruth is survived by the joy of her life, her sons, Zack. H. Howerton III (wife Anne), and Robert M. Howerton. She was predeceased by her husband Zachariah Hampton Howerton Jr. She is also survived by three grandchildren; Avery Howerton Dowling (husband Tommy), Anderson Miller Howerton (wife Rebecca), and Zachariah Hampton Howerton IV (wife Andréa), and four great grandchildren: Ellison Howerton, Anderson Howerton, Thomas Dowling, and Leighton Dowling . Memorials can be made to First Baptist Church, 1000 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro, N.C. 27401, or to one’s favorite charity. Hanes-Lineberry Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made through www.haneslineberryfhnel.com.


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Linda Compton

June 25, 2020

I'm so sorry for your loss Avery. It is so difficult to lose a loved one. I'll say a little prayer for peace and comfort during these days for you and your family.

Candy Bagwell

June 23, 2020

Avery, I am so sorry for your family's loss. Prayers for peaceful hearts and a blanket of God's grace over you all.

Eddie Booth

June 20, 2020

I can still see the floral arrangements that she and my mom created together in Garden Club. What a special time in life when we were all Sternberger Elementary School "terrors" and Zack's Mom didn't play that game! We all had the greatest respect for her, there's just a certain aura someone projects and kids pick up on that in a second.

I'm so sorry for your loss Zack and Anne,
Our neighborhood group will never forget her and the joy she brought to us all.

*Sorry I couldn't find the Middleton 4th grade one, but I think all of us had the corner walls memorized in every classroom OR the dreaded long hall walk to Dr. Helberg's office.

David Irvin

June 19, 2020

Oh what terrific memories of both Ruth and Hamp! They were such great influencers to so many...Always great smiles, full of encouragement and so friendly to all!!
You're very fortunate to have had such great parents and grandparents, and I know you've honored them by carrying on their ways!!
Much Love to All the Howertons!!!

David and Alicia Irvin

Candy Clapp

June 18, 2020

Heaven has just welcomed one of the sweetest people He ever created. I absolutely adored Ms. Howerton. She was family to me. My parents, Nancy and Jerry Clapp, picked Friends Home because one of their dearest friends, Ruth, was there. I always visited her when I came to see my parents. Grateful they are once again together. God bless you all.

Steve Lambert

June 17, 2020

Dear Zack, Robert, Anne, Hampton, Miller, Avery , spouses and

There is no possible way I can write the words here to convey
properly, the powerful positive impact Ruth Melton Howerton has had on literally thousands of people including June and me.
I am sure you already know that. You have been witnesses of that
for decade after decade.
We all were aware this time would eventually happen and did not look forward to now ; however, we also understand she has surely moved on to heaven.
June and I are sorry for your loss.
Bless you,
Steve Lambert and June Basden

Andre Lash

June 17, 2020

What a lovely, sweet, GRACIOUS lady! She will sincerely be missed. Anne and Zack, please know that Sherry and I will keep you and your kids in our prayers.

Lydian Averitt

June 17, 2020

I am sorry for your loss, particularly now. I hope that the relative quiet of this unusual time helps bring some peace.

Sam Munday

June 17, 2020

I remember your Grandmother at your wedding.
A very elegant lady that will surely be missed.
So sorry for your loss.


Amry Cox

June 17, 2020

Ruth Howerton was a gift and 100 watt smile to us all. My Mom, Meegie Stout, knew Ruth for decades as a close friend. When they ended up at Friends West, they ate dinner together with Cora Pickert. I was able to join them for dinner from time to time and laughed and caught up on world events as the conversation flowed. I last saw Ruth in December and talked to her on the phone this past February. She was a thoughtful person, loyal friend and gave great advice - she will be greatly missed.