Ruthel Andrews Patrick

Ruthel Andrews Patrick

Tuesday, April 15th, 1930 - Saturday, February 8th, 2020
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CORDELE - Ruthel Andrews Patrick, 89, of Cordele, Georgia, passed away peacefully at home with her loving family by her side on Feb. 8, 2020. She was born April 15, 1930, to Linward Franklin and Ressie Purvis Andrews in Pinehurst, Georgia.

Ruthel graduated from Pinehurst High School and went on to get her Nursing Degree. She became a full-time mother at the birth of her first child. In 1976, she and her husband, “Bo” opened and operated their family owned grocery store chain, RuBo’s.

She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Cordele, Georgia, and was President of the Fidelis Sunday School Class for over 20 years; held leadership positions in the WMU and served on many other committees at her church. A special ministry of hers was coordinating the Houston Baptist Association summer camps.

As a well-loved and respected member of the Cordele-Warwick community, she participated in many activities. Among them was serving as chairperson for the cookoff of the Grits Festival in Warwick, Georgia. While a member of Cordele’s Women’s club, she was greatly touched when she was nominated for and won “Georgia Mother of the Year” in 2006.

Ruthel enjoyed cooking, tending to her beautiful roses and especially visiting or talking on the phone with her friends and family. Her grandchildren and great grands were her greatest joy. She was a good Christian person who lived her faith, an inspiration to many, and loved by all that knew her.

Ruthel is survived by her loving husband of 71 years, Ernest Milton “Bo” Patrick; daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Tommy Brumbelow of Shellman, GA; son and daughter-in-law, Milton and Tina Patrick of Warwick, GA. Grandchildren: Kyle (Annick) Smith, Warwick, GA; Lacey (Clint) Ragin, Leesburg, GA; Clay (Dana) Smith, Leesburg, GA; Deanna (Daniel) Joiner, Shellman, GA; Rachel (Joseph) Stolze, Shellman, GA; April (Jason) Smith, Dawson, GA; Lindsey (Kolby) Norris, Oviedo, FL; Carleyann Patrick and Hunter Patrick, Warwick, GA and 10 great-grandchildren. Jessica Cole, Brylie and Brooklynn Ragin; Tristan, Emerson, and Ireland Smith; Savannah and Caroline Joiner; and Bowen Stolze. Her loving and dear sister, Earnestine Senn of West Columbia, SC; and many loving nieces and nephews that were all so special to her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, her daughter, Ramona Patrick Smith; grandsons, Tyler Smith and Nick Norris.

The family extends a special thank you to the caregivers, Angela Jones, Connie James and Barbara Atherton. Your loyalty and devotion demonstrated through your acts of loving kindness will always be remembered and appreciated.

Funeral services will be held at Cordele First Baptist Church at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. Visitation will be held before the service at 1 p.m. with internment at Bertha Dozier Memorial Park Cemetery in Montezuma, Georgia, at 4 p.m.

Contributions in her loving memory may be made to Cordele First Baptist Church, 137 Kelly Road, Cordele, GA 31015 or Houston Baptist Association, 2116 US-41, Cordele, GA 31015.

An online guestbook is available at Hughes & Wright Funeral Home is entrusted with these arrangements.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 11th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Tuesday, February 11th, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Cordele First Baptist
    137 Kelly Road
    CORDELE, GA 31015
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  • Service

    Tuesday, February 11th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Tuesday, February 11th, 2020 2:00pm
    Cordele First Baptist
    137 Kelly Road
    CORDELE, GA 31015
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Bertha Dozier Memorial Park
    Walnut Street
    MONTEZUMA, GA 31063
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Burial will be at 4 p.m. at Bertha Dozier Memorial Park in Montezuma, Ga.


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Suess, Gregory

Posted at 09:04am
I grew up in the same neighborhood as Milton and the girls in Albany and remember Mrs Patrick as a "classy lady" that always carried herself with pride of her family , faith and work ethic, She had that southern charm that made everyone she came in touch with a better person by her example . Will never forget Mrs Patrick
Greg Suess

Dr. Annette Mumphery

Posted at 11:26pm
Deepest sympathy to the family

Lynn Miller

Posted at 10:12am
To the Patrick friends and family,
You all are in my thoughts and prayers. My parents are Jerry and Brenda Conley. I've had the pleasure of meeting both Mrs. Ruth and Mr. Bo only a few times, but my parents have often spoke very highly of them. I believe many years ago, they helped my parents establish and build their own successful grocery store business. It abundantly support our family until my brother and I graduated from college and made our own way in the world. The fruits of the business continues to support my parents through their retirement. I will be forever grateful for the Patricks and their leadership in the lives of my parents. Again, I offer my sincere condolences for the loss of your dear loved one. Lynn C. Miller

Alma o Jones

Posted at 06:12am
Uncle Bo and the rest of the family I will the miss the phone with Aunt Ruthel. She would always tell kept me updated on the family and always wanting to know about my grandchildren. She was so excited when I told her that Stephen (my son) was having twins and the next time she told me about the other twins in the family. I will keep you'll in my prayers.
With Love
Alma and Tommy Jones

Alma and Tommy Jones

Posted at 05:23am
Remember that we love and care about you. Love you Uncle Bo. and the rest of the family
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