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Beam Funeral Service & Crematory
Thursday June 9th, 2022
10:00am - 11:00am

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Beam Funeral Service & Crematory
Thursday June 9th, 2022

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Ruth Barlowe Williams

Ruth Barlowe Williams, 80, of Marion, North Carolina, passed away Sunday, June 05, 2022.


She was born January 01, 1942 in Marion. She was a daughter of the late Ercel Lee Barlowe and Pearl Day Barlowe Chapman. She is also preceded in death by a brother, Tom Barlowe.


She graduated summa cum laude from Mars Hill College with a Bachelor of Science Degree (Business Administration) and received a Master of Public Affairs Degree from Western Carolina University. She also received an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Business Accounting from McDowell Technical Community College.


She served as the Clerk of Superior Court for McDowell County from September 04, 1973 until her retirement on December 01, 1998. Prior to serving as the Clerk of Superior Court, she had served in the office as a Deputy Clerk and Assistant Clerk and served in the office for a total of 32 years.


She was the first woman to serve as Clerk of Superior Court for McDowell County and was the first Clerk of Superior Court from McDowell County to serve as president of the statewide Association of Clerks of Superior Court.


She enjoyed genealogy research and computer technology. She was a member of Pi Gamma Mu (International Honor Society in Social Sciences), and was a member of First Christian Church in Marion.


She is survived by her husband, Mike Williams; four sons, Chris Williams (Tanya), Darby Williams, Cliff Williams (Susan), and Craig Williams; six grandchildren, Chrissy, Nikki, Alix, Jacob, Gabrielle, and Lily; ten great grandchildren; three siblings, Beth Hunter (Les), Michael Barlowe (Paul), and Jim Carlson (Sarah Gorter); and a sister-in-law, Diane Barlowe.


A funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 09, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Beam Funeral Service with Rev. Don Mitchell officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m. A private ceremony will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at www.stjude.org/givehope.

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I was honored to have Ruth as my friend.
I will miss talking to her.
May she rest in peace. No more pain ~
To the family , take care of yourselves during
this time ~

Nancy Newlin Jul 8 2022 6:57 PM

I just heard of Ruth Williams passing today. Much respect to this lady and I truly admired her work and dedication to our County of McDowell. I'm so sorry Clifford and Chris and to the rest of her family. Prayers for all of you

Toni Hudgins Grant Jun 13 2022 8:58 AM

I just learned, today, of the passing of my dear Clerk friend, Ruth. Ruth and I became members of the Clerk’s Association along with Georgia Lee Briown of Harnett County and Janice Oldham of Chatham County, being elected female Clerks for the first time in our Counties, having served as Assistant and Deputy Clerks, previously. Ruth was an example that gender was not the prerequisite for being Clerk, but, rather the commitment to service through acquiring knowledge and applying it fairly with compassion according to law. Even after Ruth retired, she continued her studies, adding other degrees to her resume. As a fellow Clerk, she was a Leader, a Mentor and a Friend, sharing her knowledge and experience with other Clerks in our Association. Her contributions to McDowell County, the Clerk’s Association and the Judicial System of North Carolina were significant and I was blessed to have known and served with her through the years.
Louise B. Wilson, Retired
Clerk of Superior Court, Alamance County

Louise B. Wilson Jun 9 2022 4:25 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Ruth Williams

Pat and Millard Hollifield Jun 9 2022 11:09 AM

Dear family. I am so sorry for the loss of our precious Ruth. She was an amazing lady. Please know that I cannot attend today, due to it being the last day of school, and I have to be there for students. My heart, thoughts and prayers are with you all. I love you and will be praying for you in the coming days.....Rick, Lisa, Messer

Lisa Messer Jun 9 2022 10:35 AM

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