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Funeral services for Ruth Naylor will be held Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Robert Barham Family Funeral Home with Dr. Raymon Leake officiating. Burial will follow at Magnolia Cemetery with Robert Barham Family Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Naylor, age 82, of Meridian, passed away Monday, December 18, 2017 at Regency Hospital.
Ruth was a lifelong resident of Meridian. She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Meridian. Ruths life was defined by her commitment to serving others. She helped thousands of patients in her fifteen years as an assistant to Dr. E. E. Robinson. As the youngest of five children, she was actively involved in caring for her parents and brothers and sisters.
Her friends knew their special days would always be remembered, a card or flowers would arrive when they were sick, and they could count on a call or visit when they were lonely. When a loved one was lost she would appear with her prize worthy pecan pie and her comforting presence.
She was a mother who believed in her children, even when it was not deserved. She taught an unwavering sense of right and wrong. Gray areas were not allowed. She expected you to be thoughtful and to serve your family and community. She celebrated all that was good in you, but was never afraid to challenge bad choices. She believed with her whole heart that you were a precious gift from God. And she did her best to make you believe it, too.
She embraced the role of grandmother and great-grandmother like the seasoned pro she was. A drawer was set up in her kitchen with all their favorite treats. She taught them about right and wrong, too. But now the lessons were taught with a bit more finesse and patience. She understood that her place as grandmother and great-grandmother was beautifully simplejust cherish and enjoy the kids.
For sixty-four years she was steadfast in her loyalty and devotion to the love of her life, her husband, Charles. In good times she was a spirited and jovial companion. In difficult times she was a voice of reason and a moral compass. In the worst of times she was the bedrock of strength and faith that supported him as they navigated through lifes stiffest challenges. In every way she was the best friend any man could ever hope for.
She could be as powerful as a force of nature when it was required. But she could also be as gentle as a warm breeze caressing your face. If you were blessed enough to be connected to her in some way, in your time of need, she was always exactly what you needed her to be.
She was survived by her husband, Charles Naylor; daughter, Melanie Ward (Terry); son, Chuck Naylor (Mary); grandchildren, Lindsey Joiner (Win), Allison Ward, Corey Ward and Meredith Naylor; great grandchildren, Layla Ward, Brock Ward, Drake Joiner and Eleanor Joiner; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bryan H. Culpepper, Sr. and Mary Alice Culpepper; sisters, Eileen White and Elizabeth Cumbus; and brothers, Bryan Culpepper Jr. and Sam Culpepper.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to First Baptist Church of Meridian or charity of choice.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at robertbarhamffh.com.
Visitation will be held Thursday, December 21, 2017 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. at Robert Barham Family Funeral Home.
Published on December 19, 2017
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