Friday, April 16, 2010

John H. Ruth Sr.

John H. Ruth Sr., 90, died Tuesday, April 13, 2010, at the Choctaw County Nursing Center in Ackerman. He was born May 29, 1919, in Itawamba County to Mishia Stevens Ruth and Fred L. Ruth. He worked for Mississippi State University in the Agronomy Department for 25 years. He was a Methodist and a U. S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a lifelong farmer, who shared his harvest of vegetables with the community. He was an avid deer hunter.Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with the Rev. Melvin Mordecai officiating. Burial will follow in Oktibbeha Memorial Garden Cemetery in Starkville with military honors.Survivors include one son, John H. “Johnny” Ruth Jr. (Joyce) of Starkville; five grandchildren, Natalie Henley (Erb) and Alice Bryant (John), all of Mantee, Kimberly Young, Sue Stephenson and Dale Ruth (Katie), all of Starkville; five great-grandsons, seven great-granddaughters and one great-great-grandson; one sister, Betty Jean Craddock (Tony) of Tupelo and Springwood, Australia; three brothers, Deward H. “Red” Ruth of Fulton, James H. “Jim” Ruth of Waukegan, Ill., and Bob Ruth (Wren) of Louisville.Memorials may be made to Palmer Home for Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39701.Friends may leave a Memory Message at