Martha Ruth Runyan
Jul 7, 2011
Martha Ruth \"Ruthie\" Runyan
July 7, 2011
Martha Ruth \"Ruthie\" Runyan, 58, of Athens, died unexpectedly on Thursday, July 7, 2011, at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.
A native of McMinn County, she was a resident of Knoxville for 26 years and Nashville for five years while she was employed with BellSouth, before moving home to Athens. A daughter of the late Walter and Bessie Runyan, she was also preceded in death by one sister, Mary Beth Runyan Harwood; and one nephew, Samuel Chase Runyan.
She was a member of Allen Memorial United Methodist Church and was a graduate of McMinn Central High School. She was retired from BellSouth after 31 years of service and was an avid animal lover, often adopting dogs from the Humane Society.
Survivors include one sister, Ann Runyan Smith; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Jim and Joy Runyan of Ten Mile, and Rex and Ko Runyan and Sam and Christi Runyan, all of Athens; several nieces and nephews, Rex and Stephanie Runyan of Etowah, Chris and Penny Reynolds of North Carolina, Bo and Lori Goins of Ringgold, Ga., Caleb and Cayci Chouinard and Candice Runyan, all of Athens, and Beth and Brent Jones of Ten Mile; and several great-nephews and great-nieces, including one special great nephew, Cody Moser.
Graveside services will be 1:30 p.m. Sunday at McMinn Memory Gardens with the Rev. Joe Black officiating.
Pallbearers will be Caleb Chouinard, Cody Moser, Jackie Powers Jr., Rex Runyan Jr., Chris Reynolds, Dalton Runyan and Gary Trythall.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Smith Funeral Home & Cremation Service.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the McMinn Regional Humane Society, 219 Alford St., Athens, TN 37303.
If you are unable to attend this service or visitation, sign the guest register at www.jerrysmithfuneralhome.com
Smith Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Athens is serving the family of Martha Ruth \"Ruthie\" Runyan.