Ruth Furr, retired educator


Ruth Hunter Allen Furr, 85, a retired educator, died Oct. 17. 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. 


A graveside service was held Oct. 18 at Tupelo Memorial Park with the Rev. Shannon Johnston officiating. A Service of Death and Resurrection was held the same day at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Andy Ray, the Rev. Raigan Miskelly and the Rev. Terri Armstrong officiating.


Honorary pallbearers were members of the Wesley Sunday School Class and the Discovery Circle of the UMW. Holland-Harris Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Furr was the wife of the Rev. E.S. Furr, a retired member of the Mississippi Conference.


She was born March 20, 1921, in the Berlin community of Marshall County, Tenn. She graduated from Marshall County High School in Lewisburg, Tenn. She received her B.S. from Middle Tennessee State University and her M.A. from the University of Mississippi. She taught music and elementary education for about 40 years in various schools in North Mississippi.


She was a lifelong member of The United Methodist Church. She was active in the music programs of the church since a youth, both singing and playing instruments. An active member of the United Methodist Women, she served many offices both in local churches in the district and in the former North Mississippi Conference.


She served as the secretary of the first board of the Christian Social Concerns of the North Mississippi Conference.


She was active in Federated Women’s Club in Calhoun City and Booneville. She was a former member of the AAUW in Blue Mountain and Tupelo, a music club in Corinth, and the Fortnightly Musicale in Tupelo.


In Tupelo she volunteered at North Mississippi Behavioral Health and for Friends of the Lee County Library.


She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where she was a member of Wesley Fellowship Class, Older Adult Fellowship, Road Runners, Member Care Committee, the former Early Bird Choir and the Discovery Circle of the UMW.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Ruth Hunter and William Harris Allen, and two brothers, Thomas Hunter Allen and Harry Hunter Allen.


Survivors include: husband, E.S. Furr of Tupelo; son, Stanley Allen “Stan” Furr of Tupelo; daughter, Anna Carol Furr of Jackson; and two step-grandchildren, six stepgreat-grandchildren.


Memorials may be made to Hunger Relief, UMCOR, c/o First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 854, Tupelo, MS 38802.