Sarah Ruth Crabtree Roles

by Lynn McMillen
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Funeral services for Mrs. Sarah Ruth Crabtree Roles, age 97, of Fayetteville, TN, will be held at 2pm on Saturday, January 28, 2023, at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Robertson officiating. Burial will follow in Prospect Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 12pm until 2pm on Saturday at Higgins.

Mrs. Roles was born December 7, 1925, in Lincoln County, TN to the late William Bruce and Edith Elizabeth Touchstone Crabtree. Ruth was a nurse at Lincoln Regional Hospital for many years and after she retired, she went on to work as a nurse for Amana and then the Lincoln County Jail. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Fayetteville as well as the VFW and American Legion. Ruth enjoyed crocheting, reading, and working in her yard, and to say that she loved to dance is an understatement. She also cherished her family and spending time with them. Known as Granny Ruth to her grandchildren, she followed along to many of their ballgames and activities over the years. She was such a lively supporter that she was called Granny Ruth by more than just her family. Ruth passed away January 25, 2023, at Donalson Care Center in Fayetteville.

Survivors include her children, Norma (Tommy) Wright, Ernest “Ernie” (Brenda) Roles, and Tammy (Curtis) Painter; grandchildren, Grad (Patty) Wright, Will Wright, Ernie (Stacy) Roles, Jennie (Cameron) Roles-Walter, Michelle (John) Garrich, Raquel Robertson, Curt (Tara) Painter, Jacob (Nicki) Painter; fifteen great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Roles was preceded in death by her husband, Elwood “Boots” Roles; and siblings, Margie Galloway, Lois Dixon, Paulene Ables, Bill Crabtree, and Marshall Crabtree.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial Processing, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.

Higgins Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mrs. Sarah Ruth Crabtree Roles.

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