OBITUARY

RUTH JEANETTE PARSONS

February 5, 1924November 6, 2020

Ruth Jeanette, 96, took the hand of her Lord and Savior and followed him home on Friday, November 6, 2020.

Born February, 5, 1924 in Powell, TN to the late James E. and Virgie Mae (Eaton) Fleenor. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Gene Fleenor. Sister, Violet Pierson and brother-in-law, Kemp Pierson. Sister, Joyce Handling and brother-in-law, P.C. Handling. Two infant sisters and nephews, Roger Pierson and Kevin Handling. Husbands, Rufus McNamara (father of her daughter) and Ben Parsons.

Surviving to cherish her memory are her daughter Pam and husband Les Lawson. Grandsons, David Lawson and Dennis Lawson and fiancé Alexis Luke. Nieces and nephew, Darlene and husband Russell Robbins, James and Carolyn Fleenor and Carolyn Mullins. Along with several great-nieces and nephews. Ruth grew up in Hiltons, VA and attended Hiltons High School. She worked at Tennessee Eastman during WWII in the yarn plant. She married Rufus McNamara in 1945 and moved to Richmond, IN. She lived in Indiana for 40 years. After retiring from Kemper Brothers Kitchen Cabinets, she returned to Kingsport in 1985 where she spent her remaining years.

She enjoyed doing for others. She was a caregiver for members of her family and neighbors. She enjoyed being outside and working in her yard. She loved telling stories about her youth and the way things were done on the farm. She had a pioneering spirit and a “can-do” attitude.

Special thanks to the staff and caregivers at Holston Manor – whom she called her Guardian Angels.

Ruth will be laid to rest on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 1:00pm at East Lawn Memorial Park in the garden of Hope, officiated by Pastor Will Shewey.

  • FAMILY

  • Pam Lawson (Les), Daughter
  • David Lawson, Grandson
  • Dennis Lawson (Fiance Alexis Luke), Grandson
  • Darlene Robbins (Russell), Niece
  • James Fleenor (Carolyn), Nephew
  • Carolyn Mullins, Niece
  • Several great-nieces and nephews

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  • Laid To Rest

    Tuesday, November 10, 2020

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Teresa Davis (Frantz)

November 10, 2020

Ben and Ruth were our neighbors while here in Indiana. she was like our second mom and our mother's best friend.

She was a beautiful lady always with style and grace.

Our condolences to the family, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Rest in peace dear Ruth.

The Davis family
Fountain City, Indiana

DEMA ( DJ RICHARDS

November 9, 2020

SO SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR MOM . . . . MY HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES .

Peggy (Eaton) Moore

November 7, 2020

So sorry to hear of the passing of Ruth, she was a sweetheart. Heartfelt prayers to the family at this difficult time.
Peggy (Eaton) Moore

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