Berry Highland South


Anna Ruth Gibson

October 22, 1934September 4, 2021

Anna Ruth (Parton) Gibson, age 86, of Seymour, Tennessee went to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 4, 2021. She was a faithful member of Grace Baptist Church. Ruth was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She was especially gifted with compassion and generosity, and blessed all those she came into contact with. She spent 33 years as a funeral attendant at Berry Highland South (formerly Holly Hills) Funeral Home, greeting everyone with that warm smile and a kind word. She loved to be outside, gardening and spending time with her family.

Ruth was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 60 years, Carl D. Gibson; parents, Ernest and Zula Parton; and sisters, Bonnie and Jewell. She is survived and will be dearly missed by her son, Dennis (Vickie) Gibson; daughter, Denise (Bruce) Lillie; grandchildren, Cassidy (Ben) Keefer, Adrian Gibson, Logan (Callie) Lillie, Hayden Lillie; brother, Don (Linda) Parton; several sisters/brothers-in-law; several nieces and nephews; and other extended family and friends.

Open calling hours will be on Wednesday, September 8th from 9:30-4:30pm at Berry Highland South Funeral Home, 9010 E. Simpson Rd, Knoxville, TN 37920. The Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 8th from 5:00-7:00pm at Berry Highland South Funeral Home, with a Funeral Service to follow, Pastors Butch Stovall and Cotton Kelly officiating. We will meet at Berry Highland South Cemetery in the Garden of Valor on Thursday, September 9th at 11:00am for a Graveside Service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace Baptist Church, 113 Smothers Rd, Seymour, TN 37865 in her memory. Online condolences may be made at


  • Carl D. Gibson, Husband (deceased)
  • Ernest and Zula Parton, Parents (deceased)
  • Bonnie Parton, Sister (deceased)
  • Jewell Parton, Sister (deceased)
  • Dennis Gibson (Vickie), Son
  • Denise Lillie (Bruce), Daughter
  • Cassidy Keefer (Ben), Granddaughter
  • Adrian Gibson, Granddaughter
  • Logan Lillie (Callie), Grandson
  • Hayden Lillie, Grandson
  • Don Parton (Linda), Brother
  • several special brothers/sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews.


  • Open Calling Hours

    Wednesday, September 8, 2021

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 8, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, September 8, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, September 9, 2021


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Jerry & Dolly Karriker

September 8, 2021

Dennis, Denise and all family, we are so sorry for your loss. We never had a visit or a phone call without Ruth updating us of her loved ones. You were her reason and joy for living. We felt we knew everyone of you personally. To know Ruth was to love her and her God! She was so very special, strong, caring and Christian friend who will be missed immensely. We are all so fortunate to have shared the Blessing of Ruth in our lives. May God continue to shed His Love, Comfort, Peace and Strength on her beloved family. Love, Jerry and Dolly Karriker

Doug Sigmon

September 8, 2021

During my tenure with Stewart Enterprises/Highland Memorial/South/West, I worked many services with Mrs. Ruth. Always a class act, warm and friendly and never ever spoke a negative word about anyone. You'll be missed.


September 7, 2021

Denise,Dennis We Are Sorry For Your loss.

Ruth Mccarter

September 6, 2021

Our friendship was such a blessing to me!
So many wonderful fond memories!
Prayers of comfort and peace to her family🙏

Becky Stover

September 5, 2021

There are no words to describe how precious Ms. Ruth was to me. From the first time we met we became close friends. In her words, “as close as if we were family “. She was such a blessing in my life. We shared many laughs,confidential conversations, and encouragement to each other in our battles with cancer. I referred to her as my angel here on earth. Now she is an angel in Heaven. I will see you again my dear friend and we will continue our fun times! I love you Ms.Ruth. Becky Stover