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Frank Ruth

April 28, 1946 ~ May 22, 2019 (age 73)

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Visitation for Frank Ruth will be held Saturday, May 25, 2019, 6-7 pm, St John Holy Church, Browning Gate Road, Estill, SC.  Funeral service will be held, Sunday, May 26, 2019, 2:00 pm, Greater Rock of Ages Church, 4530 Luray Highway, Brunson, SC with burial in the St,. John Holy Church Cemetery, Pineland, SC. 

And God will wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying.  Neither shall there be any more pain.  For the former things are passed away.      Revelation: 21:4

We have assembled with sincere thankfulness to celebrate the life of Frank Ruth.  He was an exceptional husband and provider, a great father, caring brother, and supportive friend. Truly his presence shall surely be missed; but the endless memories, shall forever be embellished within the core of our hearts. Frank Ruth was born on April 28, 1946 to the late Joe Nathan Ruth and the late Leola Smith Ruth in Hampton County, South Carolina.  He surrendered to the summon of his Creator on May 22, 2019.

Frank spent much of his childhood in Charleston, SC and attended the public schools of Charleston. He credits his Uncle Vance for teaching him how to save money.  Later, he moved back to Hampton County and began working with Gordon Logging Company while living with his Aunt Sudie and her husband Nathaniel.  They were instrumental in helping Frank to obtain good work ethics.  Frank often told others how hard it was as a young man trying to take of a family on meager wages.  However, he was an entrepreneur and worked at various side jobs to earn the extra income to give his family a decent life.  He sold firewood, cut grass, and worked at Tire Barn on the weekends to supplement his income.  Later, he became gainfully employed with Hampton District Two Schools and remained there until he retired, some thirty-seven years later. 

At an early age, he joined New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Nixville, SC.  Later, as an adult, he became affiliated with St. John Holy Church and worshipped there until his demise. He loved his wife Rosa and demonstrated this by often taking her to her church, when she could no longer do so on her own because of declining health. 

He and his wife, Rosa Ruth, raised their five children: Sharon, Nathan, Franklyn, Kadra, and Drea and taught them to work hard and respect other people.  

He was preceded in death by: his parents; daughter, Drea Ruth; and brother, Freeman Ruth.

Left to cherish his memories and await the coming of Christ are; his wife, Rosa L. Ruth, Estill, SC; two daughters, Sharon R. Capers, Estill, SC and Kadra (Alphonso) Garvin, Hardeeville, SC; two sons, Nathan (Gwendolyn) Ruth, Estill, SC; and Franklyn (Melissa) Ruth, Varnville, SC; one sister, Libby Scrivens, Estill, SC; one brother, Johnny R. Ennis, Estill, SC; ten grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; brother-in-law Roy Garvin, Pineland, SC; two sisters-in-law, Madlin Drayton and Thelma Garvin, Summerville and Pineland, SC, respectively; two aunts, Mother Willene Chisolm, Charleston, SC and Lenora (James) Jacobs, Bennettsville, SC; one uncle, James (Nancy) Smith, Charleston, SC; special friends, Elouise and Ernest Rhett, Jasper County, SC; adopted sons, Alan (Stephanie) Brooks,  Kelvin (April) Gordon, and Justin (Rye) Edwards; adopted brother, Dennis (Lois) Thompson; a host of other relatives and friends.


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 Service Program


May 25, 2019

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
St John Holy Church (Browning Gate Road)

May 26, 2019

2:00 PM
Greater Rock of Ages
4530 Luray Highway
Brunson, SC 29911

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