Judge Ruth W. Cupp
Judge Ruth W. Cupp CHARLESTON - Ruth Williams Cupp, a ground breaking Charleston attorney and former associate probate judge, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, July 9, 2016. Ruth was born Alice Ruth Williams, the daughter of Ollie Edward Williams and Eva Lou Law Williams in Forth Worth, Texas on Dec. 16, 1928. Ruth and family moved to North Charleston in 941. She attended North Charleston High School and Winthrop College. Ruth enrolled in the University of South Carolina Law School and earned her law degree in 1954. The same year she became the first woman lawyer to be admitted to the Charleston County Bar. Her first position was with the Figg Law Firm. Robert Figg later closed the office to become the dean of the USC School of Law. Ruth also worked in the firms of Hope and Cabaniss as well as Sinkler, Gibbs and Simons. No aspect of her legal career made her happier than serving as the Associate Judge of Probate from 1990 to 1994. On the political side, she served a term in the S.C. House of Representatives from 1962 to 1964. She was an attorney for 61 years, and in 2015 became the fourth person in the history of the Charleston County Bar Association to receive the James Louis Petigru Award, the organization's highest honor. She served on the Executive Committee of the Charleston County Bar, the Executive Committee of the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association, and on the Executive Committee of the Senior Lawyers Division of the South Carolina Bar. Her interest in history extended to the community in general and North Charleston in particular. For two years, she wrote a weekly column for the Post and Courier on the history of that city. Her other civic activities included a long-time involvement with the Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina. She was a past Crittenton president and board member and authored "Miracles on St. Margaret Street," a history of the home that has given aid to pregnant young women since the 1900's. She also was a former chairman of the Board of Directors of the S. C. Children's Bureau. She authored two other books, "Portia Steps up to the Bar," and "Attorneys from Charleston Town to Charleston." She was predeceased in death by her parents, her brother, Ray Newton Williams, her husband, U. S. Army Col. Claude Murphy Cupp, one sister, Eddie Lou Williams Garvin, and one nephew, Thomas Abbott Driggers. She is survived by one sister, Patsy Williams Hughes Mizell (Henry) of North Charleston, S.C., nieces and nephews: Dr. Abbott Julian Garvin (Alice) of Winston Salem, N.C., Sally Garvin Driggers (Larry) of Hanahan, S. C., Susannah Williams Wisenbaker (Michael) of Dallas, TX., Pamela Hughes Fowler (Michael) of Hanahan, S. C., Emma Hughes Plate Pope (James) of Hanahan, S. C., Sandra Williams Hines of Asheville, N.C., Shirley Williams Crow (Stuart) of Dallas, TX., and Dr. Francis "Monty" Hughes, Jr. (Dana) of Chapel Hill, N. C. Memorial services will be held on Friday, July 15th at 11:00am at St. Michael's Episcopal Church on Broad and Meeting Street. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Florence Crittenton Home or St. Michael's Episcopal Church. Visit our guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/ charleston

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Published by Charleston Post & Courier from Jul. 12 to Jul. 13, 2016.
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You and Uncle Bud opened the world to me and my brother, Thank you for everything did for us. You can rest now
Bill Robinson
July 21, 2016
Thinking of you this day Ruthie! You will be missed by the Texas branch of your family. We wish we could be there to share with everyone how unique and special you were and will always be to us. Rest in Peace Great Lady.
Jean, Melinda, Chuck Bowles
July 15, 2016
Emma, James, Sally, Larry, Pamela and Mike,
Please accept our deepest sympathy on the passing of your aunt. Your family is in our thoughts and in our prayers. Mayor Minnie Newman and Hanahan City Council: Dan Owens, Kevin Cox, Jeff Chandler, Joel Hodges, Mike Dyson and Michael Sally.
Mayor and City Council of Hanahan
July 15, 2016
Ruth was truly one of a kind and a wonderful mentor and friend to me. I feel so lucky to have known her. She will be deeply missed.
Katherine Lang Colhoun
July 14, 2016
Ruthie, I will miss you as a friend and neighbor. You were always an interesting conversationalist. Rest now because you never did before.
Lane Ackerman
July 13, 2016
She accomplished a lot in her life. I am sorry for your loss
Billy Simons
July 13, 2016
RUTHIE AND I WERE CLASSMATES AT W INTHROP SO LONG AGO AND FRIENDS EVER SINCE. SHE WAS ALWAYS A RAY OF SUNSHINE,AS SHE WAS WHEN WE HUGGED EACH OTHER DURING A CHANCE ENCOUNTER SEVERAL MONTHS AGO. HER ACCOMPLISHMENTS CAUSED HER TO BE A MUCH ADMIRED LEADER OF OUR CITY AND STATE.WELL DESERVED,OLD fRIEND. DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO YOUR FAMILY.BETTY DUFOUR RIVERS
BETTY DUFOUR RIVERS
July 13, 2016
What a great pleasure it was to have known Aunt Ruthie. She was a woman far ahead of her time, and an inspiration to many. All of her accomplishments during her life always made you stop and think, wow! Going to Oxford in her 80's always stuck out as one of those wow moments. She was loved by her family and she leaves a great legacy to those who will have her "spunk " to step out and go for whatever your dreams may be.
Rest in peace Ruthie, you were one in a million.
Joanne Grove
July 13, 2016
I'll never forget when Aunt Ruthie took me to see a puck rock opera during spoleto. We rode a ricksaw from her house to the college of charleston. When we entered the auditorium,they gave out ear plugs! Aunt Ruthie didn't need any since she could turn down her hearing aid! It was a spectacular evening with a wonderful person and friend. I will miss her.
July 13, 2016
Sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort, comfort you during this most difficult time.
Tolbert
July 13, 2016
Ruth was an inspiration to all of us as she kept active even as she got older. I was so impressed when she went to Oxford University in England to study when she was in her eighties. She had many accomplishments in her well lived life professional, political and as a member of the community.
Cindy Floyd
July 12, 2016
Ruth was one of Charleston's first women lawyers. She was a scholar of Charleston history, a brilliant individual and a delightful dinner companion. So sorry to see her go.
Robert Stockton
July 11, 2016
Ruthie, as she first introduced herself to me, was one of the most able, kindest, caring lawyers in our Bar. She was a wealth of knowledge and history of our Bar. I will miss calling just to catch up on Bar history.
Woody Keels
July 11, 2016
I was so sorry to learn of Ruthie's passing. Please know that I am keeping her family in my thoughts and prayers. Please let me know what her funeral arrangements will be. Thanks so much. Margaret Fabri [email protected]
July 11, 2016
Wow I'm in shock! I was thinking about you over the weekend about getting legal advice from you not knowing that you had transition you miss Cupp are one of a kind one of the best attorney that I have ever met you have left an impression on my life you were a kind woman and always try to find a way to help and make things affordable may you rest in peace and I pray that God would be a comfort to your family God bless you all
Felicia Gordon
July 11, 2016