OBITUARY

Ruth Lassiter Wilson

May 6, 1927August 31, 2017

Ruth Lassiter Wilson, 90, of Greenville, SC passed away Thursday, August 31, 2017.

Born in Johnston County, NC, she was a daughter of the late Ralph Hunter Lassiter, Sr. and Delsie Modlin Lassiter. She graduated as Valedictorian from Smithfield High School in 1944. Ruth earned a B.S. Degree from East Carolina Teachers College in Greenville, NC, and a M.A. Degree from the University of NC, Chapel Hill. After graduating, she embarked on a career as a high school teacher in Leaksville, NC, and Mooresville, NC. In 1950, she married J. Rush Wilson, Jr. and moved to Davidson, NC, where they opened a men’s retail clothing store. After opening a second store in Greenville, SC, in 1959, Ruth, Rush, and their three children moved to Greenville in 1965. Ruth managed the ladies department at Rush Wilson Limited where she made many dear friends through the years.

Ruth and Rush travelled extensively supporting Rotary International events around the world. Ruth took great pride in her ongoing participation in Rotary’s Paul Harris Fellowship Program. Ruth’s love for youth, education and travel resulted in her leading a youth foreign exchange program for many years. In retirement, she enjoyed oil painting, gardening, and playing bridge.

Later in life, Ruth moved to The Woodlands where she led a full life and was attended by a very caring staff. Ruth was honored that her artwork was chosen twice to be featured in the Woodlands Artist Gallery. Recently she celebrated her 90th birthday among family and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Ralph Hunter Lassiter, Jr.; and her sister, Jean Lassiter Jones. She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Linden Wilson; 2 sons, Rush Wilson, III and his wife, Amanda, and Hunter Wilson and his wife, Lorraine; her sister, Betty L. Parrish and her husband, Bob Martin of Kenneth City, FL; and her grandson, James Rush Wilson, IV and his fiancée, Amelia Ossi.

Special thanks and gratitude go to Ingrid Davis, Rosemary Gamble and her other caregivers for their compassionate and loving care of our mother.

A service to celebrate Ruth’s life will be held at 10:30 am Tuesday, September 5, 2017 in the Chapel of The Mackey Mortuary. The family will receive friends at the mortuary following the service.

A graveside service will be held Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 11:00 am in Sunset Memorial Park in Smithfield, NC.

Memorials may be made to Greenville Rotary Charities, Greenville Literacy Association, Boy Scouts of America (Blue Ridge Council) and Girl Scouts of America (Mountains to Midlands), or to a charity of your choice.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, September 5, 2017

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 5, 2017

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, September 7, 2017

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Warren Grimes

September 14, 2017

The Smithfield High School Alumni Group expresses its sympathy to Ruth's family. We have made a memorial post to the group's Fb page - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1817579995124717/

Brenda E.

September 12, 2017

My sincerest condolences to the Ruth Wilson, I hope you find encouragement and comfort in the words @ 2 Thessalonians 16,17.

M Youngblood

September 12, 2017

Please accept my deepest condolences. May the God of all comfort be with you in this time of need.

Bell

September 11, 2017

A Bible scripture Psalms 94:19 Can be of comfort to the Colon family in their time of need as thru mourn the death of their loved one.

September 11, 2017

We cannot imagine the pain your dear family must be experiencing now. Our prayers will include you all. May God give you the ability to cope with your loss. Psalms 94:18-19

September 11, 2017

May you all have the strength you need at this time of sorrow, Phillipians 4:13.- Philadelphia.

September 10, 2017

My deepest condolences to the family. In this difficult time, I hope you find peace in the god of all comfort.

Andrea White

September 5, 2017

To the Wilson Family-
it was truly an honor to care for your mother/ grandmother. She was indeed a "Precious Jewel". Remembering the last day I was there with her Wednesday august 30th. Rush was leaving for the evening. He said" Bye mom, and don't give them a hard time". Mrs. Wilson looked him in the eyes and said "I SHALL". We all laughed, Rush left. She reached for me so I held her right hand, and stroked my fingers through her hair until she appeared to be resting well. I enjoyed every minute of it. Take your wings and fly on you "Precious Jewel" until we meet again.


Andrea

September 4, 2017

Beth and Rush. I am so sorry to hear of your mother's death. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. "Let light perpetual shine upon her." Episcopal Book of Common Prayer. Kitten Lawless, Prospect, KY

Joe and Tina Hayes Ballew

September 4, 2017

Rush and Beth, we are so sorry for your loss. Your mother and I (Joe) go a long way back as downtown merchants. Please know that you and all your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

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