Ruth Stokes, clergy spouse


MADISON, Ala. – Ruth Jeanette Earrey Stokes, 96, died July 19, 2007, at the Valley View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after an extended illness.


Services were held July 21 at Brewer (Miss.) United Methodist Church with the Rev. Phillip Box and the Rev. Truman Thompson officiating. Pallbearers were Mike Earrey, James Thomas Bowles, Lynn Lindsey, Tommy Lauderdale, Holder Homan and Bruce Williams.


Honorary pallbearers were the pastors and wives of the Mississippi Conference of The United Methodist Church. Burial was in Brewer Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors handled arrangements.


A native of the Brewer community near Shannon, Miss., she was born April 2, 1911, to the late Robert Samuel and Mollie Lenora Russell Earrey. She was a 1930 graduate of Verona (Miss.) High School. As the wife of a Methodist minister, she served alongside her husband, the late Rev. Wilmer V. Stokes, in the Mississippi Conference of The United Methodist Church.


She was preceded in death by her parents and husband; a daughter, Bettye Stokes Woodall and son-in-law, Leonard Woodall; and a granddaughter, Stacey Woodall Ward Sullivan.


Survivors include: daughter, Barbara Stokes West of Madison; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


Memorials may be made to Brewer United Methodist Church, 280 CR 805, Shannon, MS 38868.