Class of 1939
"Her hair is not more sunny
than her smile."
|The funeral service for retired bookkeeper
Lillie Virginia Rucker Routon of Paris will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church
The Rev. Larry Simmons will officiate. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery.
Chosen as pallbearers are her grandsons: Robby, Will, Wesley and Stuart Routon, Andrew and Elliott Montgomery; and her great-nephews: Matt and Josh Routon.
Honorary pallbearers will be staff members of Morningside Assisted Living, where she had lived the past 18 months.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. today and 9-10:15 a.m. Tuesday at Ridgeway Funeral Home.
Routon, 86, died Friday, March 21, 2008, at Morningside Assisted Living.
Born Feb. 9, 1922, in Carroll County, she was a daughter of the late Rev. Edmund Birten Rucker and Velma Patterson Rucker.
Her husband of 60 years, Joe Routon, died July 3, 2003. They were high school sweethearts, according to a family member.
She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church and a former member of the Paris Lioness Club, where she was named Lioness of the Year.
After graduating from Grove High School and Tolers Business College, she was employed as a fiscal clerk at Camp Tyson during World War II and later with the Paris Special School District. She retired after 20 years as a bookkeeper at First Trust & Savings Bank.
She also leaves four sons: Phil (Marsha) Routon of Paris, Joe (Joyce Ann) Routon of Haddonfield, N.J., Bob Routon of Humboldt and Ed (Jan) Routon of Nashville; three daughters: Amy (Monty) Montgomery of Franklin, Elizabeth Boogle Bradley of Brentwood and Velma (Tim) Huggins of Cordova; one sister: Val Routon of Routon;
Eleven other grandchildren: Joey, Susan, Emily and Erich Routon, Grant Montgomery, Carol Routon Manley, Jenny Bradley, Rachel Bradley Crosby, Carrie and Jeremy Huggins and Shanon Huggins Gruchot; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by three brothers: Edmund, Richard and Robert Rucker.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church music department, 313 N. Poplar St., Paris; or the Autism Research Institute, 4182 Adams Ave., San Diego 92116; or the American Cancer Society, c/o Regions Bank, 914 E. Wood St., Paris.
Reprinted from THE PARIS
March 24, 2008 Edition ~ Used by Permission
Color photo provided by son, Ed Routon ('68)
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