Ruth Melvinia Houck Glisson Anderson Clyburn was born on May 17, 1926, in Sumter. She departed this life on Nov. 5, 2017.
Her parents were Israel and Elise Smith Houck. She was reared by her mother and her second husband, Johnnie Glisson. She was the fifth child of 10 children: Mattie, Israel, Louethel, James, Ruth, Ellen, Katie, John, Betty and James Lewis. Ruth was educated in the Sumter school system. She was a conscientious, highly motivated girl with a desire to excel. She attended Morris College and later, after moving to Philadelphia, she graduated from nursing school. She was a nurse for more than 40 years. Ruth was a member of Enon Missionary Baptist Church in Sumter as a child. She attended Ebenezer Presbyterian Church after her marriage to James Anderson. After she and James moved to Philadelphia, she attended The Met for church service under the leadership of the Rev. Thea Jones. It was there that she accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal Savior. She later felt the leading of God to join the Lighthouse Church of God In Christ, where she served faithfully under the leadership of Superintendent Alvin C. McBurrows and his wife, mother Katie McBurrows. She was a member for more than 60 years. Ruth served as Pastor's Aide president, Sunday school superintendent, Vacation Bible School director, served on church finance committee and she taught young women how to be missionaries and, overall, how to exemplify the behavior of good Christian ladies. Ruth was the very epitome of Christianity. She was an example of a true missionary at Lighthouse Church. After the unexpected death of James, after being married more than 20 years, Ruth married Elder Clifford B. Clyburn. They were married 40 years before he went home to be with the Lord after a brief illness.
May the works she's done speak for her!
Mother Ruth M. Clyburn leaves to cherish her memory: her daughter, Julia A. Hunt (James, deceased); four grandsons, James II (Karen), Janard (Christina), Jonathan (deceased) Sasha, Jason (Michelle); nine great-grandchildren, Brice, Britton, Toshiro, Minako, Trinity, Jewel, Nadia, Jasmine and Donovan; one sister, Ellen Coleman; one brother, John Glisson; one sister-in-law, Clarine Aljoe; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and church family.
Public viewing will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. today at Job's Mortuary.
Mrs. Clyburn will be placed in the church at 10 a.m. on Wednesday for viewing until the hour of service.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Westend Community Church, 101 S. Salem Ave., Sumter. Interment will follow at Smith Cemetery, Sumter.
Job's Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., Sumter, is in charge of arrangements.