Mrs. Minnie Ruth Jones Davis was born in Lawrence County TN Dec. 16, 1929 to the late Joseph Luther and Jessie May Williamson Jones. She lived there until she was seven years old. Her dad became sick; so they moved back to Warren County to be closer to the family and shortly after moving back her dad passed away. As a young girl she lived in the Daylight community. This was back in the day of the 'School Pie Suppers.' For those who remember these days; their purpose was to raise money for the school and pretty much everyone in the community supported the events. When she was a young teenager, at the pie supper she met one of the Cannon County boys named Jake Davis. It wasn't long before he was making more trips to the Daylight community. On Mar. 20, 1944 they went to Georgia and got married. They came back to Cannon County and made their home in the Leoni community. They enjoyed over 71 years of married life together and she completed her earthly life Dec. 1, 2015.
Over the years she worked at various jobs; she worked at the Shirt factory until her children were grown, then they were foster parents to several children, they were house parents for several years at Sunny Ackers Children's home in Morrison, and she even made biscuits for Hardees's for a while. Mostly she was busy helping her husband in the chair shop making chairs, swings and other wooden articles. Traveling on peddling trips to many states selling these hand made products. From this experience she became active with white oak country and the arts and crafts center. They gave demonstrations all over, Jake would make the chairs and Ruth would weave the bottoms. She always loved people and enjoyed talking to everyone she met.
In addition to her parents; she was also preceded in death by her husband Hoyte 'Jake' Davis, and two brothers J. L. (Josie Ann) Jones Jr. and Franklin (Mary Pauline) Jones. Half brothers and sisters Fannie (Ernest) Prater, Briscot Jones, Bob Jones, Julie (Melvin) Newby, Lydia (Bryant) Cantrell, Charlie (Zula) Jones, Claudie Brown Jones, Clara Bell (Oval) Page, Pauline (Almon) Parsley, Eugene Jones, Lawson Jones, Lewis Jones and Chester (Ruth) Jones.
She is survived by three daughters: Brenda (Richard) Bowman, Cathy (Ted) Smith, and Agnes (Bruce) Jones. Surviving are also six grand-children: Brian (Marla) Bowman, Lisa Reed, Randy (Melissa) Smith, Clint Jones, Daniel (Amy) Jones and Ben (Kate) Jones. She is also survived by eight great grand-children: Zack and Alex Davenport, Samantha and Lydia Bowman, Kiersten Smith, Jackson, Elizabeth, and Luke Jones. Also surviving is a sister-in-law Lois Davis and a brother Eddie (Peggy) Tubb, and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation with the family will be on Friday from 3 PM until 8 PM, and on Saturday from 10 AM until time of services at 1 PM in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Garland Robinson and Richard Bowman officiating. Interment will follow in the Leoni Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to some of her favorite charities: The Leoni Cemetery Fund, Disabled American Veterans or St. Judes.
Woodbury Funeral Home, 615-563-2311 or www.woodburyfuneralhome.net