Ruth Kirkman Elrod

June 24, 1917October 21, 2017

Ruth Kirkman Elrod of Raleigh passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family’s love, on October 21st at Transition’s Hospice Home in Raleigh, NC. She was born on June 24, 1917 in a log cabin in Greensboro, NC and became a loving wife, Mother and Nana. Her happiest times were when she was surrounded by her family and friends. She recently celebrated her 100th birthday at Brookdale North with 280 friends and family; she lived there as a happy, active and independent resident.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Chloe Kirkman; husband, Charles W. Elrod; daughter, Grace Elrod Murray; great grandson, Thomas Alan Brantley; and 4 brothers and sisters.

Surviving daughters are Barbara Johnston and husband, Robert of Williamsburg, VA, Sharleen Smith and husband, Shannon of Hickory, NC, Nancy Britt and husband, Tommy of Raleigh; son-in-law, Mac Murray and wife, Suzanne of Holly Ridge, NC; nine loving grandchildren, Ginger Mullins and husband James, Chuck Murray and wife Lynn, Amanda D. Britt, Kim Schearer and husband Chris, Rob Johnston and wife Ginger, Chris Johnston, Charlie Britt and wife Amanda, Jim Smith and wife Julie, Jonathan Britt and Sara Holiday; 10 adorable great grandchildren, Brandi Brantley, Elizabeth Johnston, Russell Murray, Gracie Murray, Michael Johnston, Abby Smith, Madison Britt, Ella Smith, Cooper Schearer, and Lara Smith; 2 great great grandsons, Jaxson Trevino and Abel Trevino; and many nieces and nephews.

Her graveside funeral will be at Raleigh Memorial Park on Saturday, November 4th at 11:30am. Her celebration of life service will be at Brookdale North on November 4th at 2:00pm.

The family would like to thank Brookdale North’s staff, friends and her “rock” John Brown for her last 16 happy years, the professional staff at Rex Hospital, especially the Palliative Care Team and Transitions Hospice Home for such amazing care and support.

In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to Transitions Life Care, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607,


  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, November 4, 2017

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Saturday, November 4, 2017


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Amanda Britt

November 30, 2017

Nana, we Iove you and think of you often. We miss you so much!

November 3, 2017

Dear Barbara, Sharlene and Nancy, I remember all of you and your dear mother with very fond memories. I enjoyed many visits with Ruth when she lived in her home. After she moved to Heritage, I saw her a few times and then lost touch. I am so proud of her for living to 100!
My prayers will be with you tomorrow for her service. How I wish I could attend and see all of you, however, I am in the middle of my annual Mary Kay open house, so there no way. Blessings, Jane Minor 919-210-5563 or email at

Dan Kay

October 30, 2017

The Elrods were the first neighbors to welcome the Kay's to Raleigh when we moved there in 1963. Charlie and my dad became fast friends as did Ruth and my mother. The Kay's were very fortunate to have the Elrods in our lives.
Dan Kay