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OBIT: Mrs. Ruth Willis of Nashville, TN


Mrs. Ruth Willis, age 88, of Nashville, died at 9:40 a.m. Tuesday morning, August 30, 2016, at her Kermit Drive home, the same house in which she had resided for sixty seven years.

Friday morning, September 2nd funeral services were conducted from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home by her great nephew, Bro. Mike Ross. Burial followed beside her husband in the Ridgewood Cemetery.

One of three daughters of the late Marshall Hensley, who died at the age of 74 on July 20, 1969, and Hattie Bennie McKinney Hensley, who died at the age of 76 on October 12, 1973, she was born Ruth Hensley in Carthage on September 30, 1927.

Two sisters preceded her in death, Elvena Hensley Beechboard, who died January 23, 1983 at the age of 65, and Mary Ruby Hensley Silcox, who died April 16, 1992 at the age of 71.

Mrs. Willis was a 1945 graduate of Carthage High School where she majored in home economics and minored in business and accounting.

On June 24, 1949 at the Tulip Street United Methodist Church in Nashville, she was united in marriage to Rome community native Neal Allen Willis. He preceded her in death On March 21, 1973 at the age of 47, following almost twenty four years of marriage.

On November 26, 1982 she retired from Bellsouth where she was an accountant for thirty two and one half years.

She was a member of the Carthage United Methodist Church from childhood but since living in Nashville attended the Arlington United Methodist Church.

Having never had children, Mrs. Willis is survived by twelve nieces and nephews.

The Willis family requested memorials to the Smith County Cancer Fund.