Ruth Newman

August 11, 1944July 1, 2018

Ruth R. Newman, age 73, of Jonesboro, passed away on July 1, 2018.

Ruth is preceded in death by her husband, Billy L. Newman.

Ruth is survived by her brother, Ralph Rylee, brother and sister-in-law, David and Jean Rylee; sister, Linda Steele and a host of other relatives.

Her family will receive friends on Thursday, July 5, 2018 from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM at First Baptist Church of Jonesboro - 142 College Street - Jonesboro, GA 30236. (770) 478-6710.

Funeral services for Ruth will be on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 2:00 PM at First Baptist Church of Jonesboro.

Ruth will be laid to rest immediately following the funeral services at Sherwood Memorial Park - 6225 Tara Blvd. - Jonesboro, GA 30236. (770) 478-5001.

Tara Garden Chapel has been entrusted with the arrangements.


  • Visitation Thursday, July 5, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, July 5, 2018
  • Committal Service Thursday, July 5, 2018

Ruth Newman

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Diana Walraven

July 9, 2018

I first met Ruth when we were in 6th grade. Her family moved and she changed schools. She returned when we were in 9th grade. Ruth was very quiet and reserved (maybe she was just shy). In the summer of 1959 my family moved and I became the new kid on the block as I started attending Central Gwinnett High Schhol. Lo and behold, the first person I encountered was Ruth. Once again we were classmates and this time we became close friends, friends that would endure the rest of time.

Upon graduation, we began our careers at the same bank and proceeded to move to Atlanta and eventually shared an apartment until my marriage in late 1963. Subsequently, I was partially responsible for her meeting the love of her life in early spring of 1965. The four of us enjoyed bowling, going out to eat and just spending fun times together.

Julian and I decided if anything happened to the two of us, we wanted Ruth and Bill to raise our children. We knew without a doubt that they would be totally loved and well taken care of.

We lost Bill on February 8, 2008 and seven years later, lacking 1 day, we lost Julian on February 9, 2015. Both were victims of that horrible word--CANCER!

Ruth and I have spent a lot of time together, sharing memories and fighting loneliness. There were nights we would talk on the phone until the battery would go dead.

I talked to Ruth either Tuesday or Wednesday night, then I left for Florida on Saturday morning. My heart broke into a million pieces when I learned Sunday evening that Ruth had finished her race and gone to worship at her blessed Savior's feet for eternity.

Rest In Peace, my precious friend. I will love you, miss you, and hold these memories close until we meet again when I, too, shall cross that river!

Margaret Buffington

July 5, 2018

I was so sorry to hear of Ruth's passing. I knew her through bowling and enjoyed her 'come backs' that were funny.
We enjoyed talking about our dogs with each other.
Her family should know that she had many, many friends through bowling that could not make it to the services and she was loved. I was glad that I was able to attend her services and be able to add her family's memories to my memories.
We lost an angel and God gained one.

Charlene Gouns

July 3, 2018

Ruth was my aunt.
She was a wonderful caring aunt and she used to played baseball with all her nices and nephews .
She took me , my sister and my cousins to Florida one year. She made sure we all had a great time.
She could always find a way to make you laugh.
She had a quirky sense of humor, that you don't see anymore these days , she was a loving and caring person.
When I hadn't seen her in a while and then saw her it was like we just picked up where we left off .
She always made you feel welcome especially family.
She's in heaven with Bill now and home with Jesus, forever.

Sherrill Ridley

July 3, 2018

Ruth and I bowled together for many years in the Breakfast Club League at the Fayetteville bowling alley. I loved Ruth. She was such a caring, loving person to me and many others. I loved Ruth's quirky sense of humor. We both were big Trump fans and had a lot of fun talking about that. She read a lot of books and we discussed many of them. She really enjoyed working in her yard and would tell me stories that would make me laugh so much. I always looked forward to seeing Ruth each Tuesday and having a chat with her. A few years ago, Ruth offered to be Secretary of our Bowling League after our other long time secretary moved away from the area. It is a difficult, time consuming job and Ruth had to learn a new computer program. She worked diligently on this new challenge and has done a great job for us. Ruth was involved in her many church activities and often talked to me about them. I didn't know about her dance moves until I read the memory from Saint Ola! She will be missed by so many people. God Bless You Ruth!!

Sainte-Ola Mapp

July 2, 2018

Ruth and I bowled in the same League @ Fayetteville Lanes, once we bowled on the same team.
She was always a cordial but a reserved person whom I felt was not very sure of our encounter.
As our Friendship grew we were hugging and referring to each other as Sisters.
We grew to Love each other.
She invited me to join her Dance Class in the fall.
She inspired me by showing me the different dances & moves. I accepted her invitation and promised her that I would join her there in the fall.
A Lovely genuine, Caring, Friendly Lady I found her to be.
It really saddens me that she is no longer here.
The bowling Leagues will not be the same without her.
I will miss seeing her smiling face and her open arms for a hug.
My deepest condolences to The Family.
I am BLESSED to have known and Loved
What a Lady