Ms. Ruth Jean Rose Ayers of Lebanon, Tennessee passed away on Saturday, August 20, 2022, she was 92 years old.
Born April 10, 1930, in Lancaster, Tennessee, to Ileen Bellar and Heber Timothy Rose.
She was a 1948 graduate of Lebanon High School and attended Cumberland University.
Jean spent her early years in Smith County going to her grandparents’ house for Sunday dinner as one of 36 grandchildren. In the summers, she would go to her other grandparents’ farm where her father was raised.
When she was in the sixth grade her family moved to Wilson County to a farm at the corner of Greenwood and Cainsville Roads. One of her favorite stories was of soldiers coming to the farm to train for WWII. She became friends with a group that grew to 12 girls by the time they reached high school. The group of 12 continued taking Girls Trips well into their 70’s.
Jean lived in many places during her lifetime including Augusta Georgia; New York City, New York; Easton Pennsylvania; Jacksonville Illinois; and Cleveland Heights Ohio. She moved back to Tennessee in 1970 and built a house on part of her parents’ farm. She had many interesting jobs including Castle Heights Military Academy, Columbia University, Cumberland University, Harpeth Hall School and AJ Hall.
Jean was also an active member of Lebanon First United Methodist Church, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, United Daughters of the Confederacy, National Society United States Daughters of 1812, The Village Woman’s Club, Wilson County AARP, Lebanon Senior Center and Cedar Seniors.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Elizabeth Kay (Robert), brother, Charles Rose, nephews Andrew Stuart and Charles Rose, and her infant son Terry Charles Parker.
She is survived by her children Timothy (Kathleen) of High Point, NC, David (Rebecca) of Memphis and Margie (Tony Biondo) of Greenwood SC. Grandchildren, Connor and Leah Ayers, Anna, Alyssa and Julia Ayers and Hope Hudgins; sister, Eve Stuart (Philip); nephews, Lynn Crook (Gwen Shores), Jimmy Rose (Theda) and Greg Stuart (Paula) and nieces Carol Kay Dunn (Glenn) and Susan Oney (Todd).
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, August 27, 2022, at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, 241 West Main Street, Lebanon, with Rev. David Hesson officiating. Interment will follow in the Wilson County Memorial Gardens. All the family will receive friends Friday, August 26, 2022, from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. and on Saturday from 10:00 A.M. until service at Ligon &Bobo.
Honorary Pallbearers: Roger Davis, Dorothy Green Beard, Lois Ann Flippin Wauford, Frances Driver, Betty Austin, Beverly Baltimore and Jerry Bellar.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Endowment Fund of the Lebanon First United Methodist Church or the charity of your choice.
The family wants to thank the staff and nurses at Wilson Manor who took such good care of her the last two years.
LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME of Lebanon (615) 444-2142 www.ligonbobo.com
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