LONE GROVE- Funeral Services for Ruth Evelene (Beard) Balthrop are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, at Stobtown Freewill Baptist Church of Lone Grove with Bro. Royce McClendon and Bro. David Gardner officiating.  Services are under the care and direction of Alexander Funeral Home of Wilson.
Ruth Evelene (Beard) Balthrop was born April 28, 1920, at Lone Grove, one of eight children, to the late Harvey Jackson Beard and Sallie Levera (Carroll) Beard.  She departed this life Thursday, Sept.22, 2016, at Elmbrook Nursing Home in Ardmore.
 Ruth was raised in Lone Grove where she attended school.  At a young age she was married to Joe Balthop on Dec. 23, 1935 at Ardmore.  The couple remained married for 49 years at which time Joe preceded her in death on Feb. 26, 1985.  Ruth owned and operated The Downtowner Restaurant in Ardmore for many years, retiring at the age of 65.  After retirement, she became a homemaker and was a charter member of the Stobtown Freewill Baptist Church.  In the church Ruth was very involved in teaching Sunday School, Bible School and helping in any area she was needed.  She also loved to sew and enjoyed having company very much. 
 Preceding her in death was her parents, her husband Joe; all seven siblings; son-in-law, Barber Christian.
 Survivors include her son, J.D. Balthrop and wife Janice of Lone Grove; daughter, Shirley Christian of Lone Grove; grandkids, Jennifer McKettrick of Cincinnati, Ohio, Jeff Balthrop and wife DeLona of Houston, Texas, Jordan Balthrop of Lone Grove, Ethan Cox and wife Kelsey of Ardmore, Randy Christian and wife Lynn, Sharlette Shans and husband Junior, Joe Christian and wife Traci all of Lone Grove; 14 great-grandkids; 15 great-great-grandkids; numerous other family and friends.  
 Casket bearers will be Austin Storie, Jared Balthrop, Ethan Cox, Joe Christian, Randy Christian, and Junior Shans.
 Family visitation is today from 4-6 p.m. at the Alexander Funeral Home Chapel in Wilson.
 Condolences may be sent at www.alexanderfuneralhome.org.