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Asheville - Ruth Rueneta Bostick Arledge, 85, of Asheville, died Monday, February 18, 2013, at Select Specialty Hospital in Carrollton, Texas (Dallas/Fort Worth).
Ruth was born in St. Louis, MO on January 9, 1928 to the late Rueneta Snellings Bostick and Virgil LaRue Bostick. She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Lawrence Allen Arledge, former US Marine Corps; veteran of WW2; and owner of Exxon and Amoco service stations in Asheville.
Ruth attended the Plonk School of the Creative Arts on Charlotte Street, Asheville, NC, then earned an associate's degree at Lenoir-Rhyne College, Hickory, where she later served as acting registrar. She was an executive assistant in the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC.
She married Lawrence Allen Arledge of Columbus, NC, February 14, 1954, and became a homemaker and mother. In the mid-1980's, she worked as a caregiver at Givens Estates and elsewhere in the vicinity. In recent years, she lived with her elder son in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of TX where she attended Stonebriar Community Church, Frisco, TX. She was a church soloist throughout NC and choir member, in her youth, and had a lifelong passion for great church, classical and theatrical music.
She is survived by her three children, Lawrence Allen Arledge, Jr of Frisco, TX; Cheryl Lynn Arledge [Lynn] of Greensboro, NC; and Curtis Yates Arledge and his wife, Diane, of Darien, CT and their four children. She is also survived by two sisters, Shirley Bostick Casey of Anderson, SC and Rueneta Bostick Barclay of Keller, TX, as well as three nieces in SC and TX.
Visitation will held at Groce Funeral Home, on Tunnel Road, on Friday, February 22, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 23, 2013 in Beverly Hills Baptist Church of Asheville, NC with Dr. Billy King officiating. The service will begin at 12:00 Noon. A graveside service will be held at the Columbus Baptist Church cemetery, in Columbus, NC at 3:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, the family graciously asks that you consider a memorial contribution in Ruth's memory to either Autism Speaks, 1060 State Road, 2nd Floor, Princeton, NJ 08540 or to the Baptist Children's Homes of NC, P.O. Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27361-0338.
The online register is available at www.grocfuneralhome.com.
Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
1401 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28806
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times from Feb. 21 to Feb. 23, 2013