Ruth Rowland Threatt
May 31, 1925 - September 15, 2021
Indian Land, South Carolina - Ruth Rowland Threatt, age 96, passed away peacefully on September 15, 2021, at The Blake Assisted Living Facility, Indian Land, SC.
Ruth was born May 31,1925 in north Charlotte's Belmont neighborhood where her father ran Rowland's Café and Pressing Club next door to her grandfather's establishment next and neighbor Lloyd Threatt, whom she would later marry. Ruth attended Villa Heights School, Charlotte Technical High, then Women's College in Greensboro (now UNC-G).
Ruth's first job was at Charlotte's downtown Belk's department store. A government job later awaited, but Ruth stopped at the North Carolina State Motor Club. While there she was offered a bookkeeping job for $35 a week, which was good money in 1944. She would walk out of that building 35 years later as the first female president of a major southern motor club.
Ruth travelled extensively for the Motor Club choosing to stay at hotels with the least amenities saying she preferred the "interesting, rugged ones".
Ruth was awarded the prestigious Order of the Longleaf Pine by then North Carolina Governor James Martin for her work in safety.
After the 1944 marriage of Ruth and Lloyd Threatt, they bought a 50 acre farm in south Charlotte and built their home from plans that Lloyd had sketched on plain brown wrapping paper. Years later they sold the land which is now the Blakeney Shopping Center area. Until recently she resided in one of the townhomes now located on her old farm property. Ruth was active in equestrian pursuits, coordinator of the Mecklenburg Hounds Club, and a member of the Red Hat Society; and counted as her interests: music, modeling, trips to New York city, growing large vegetables, animals, and serving her family and friends. She enjoyed regularly baking 15 to 18 cakes to be used as door prizes by the Charlotte Tech High Lunch Bunch. Near the end of her life Ruth would write notes and letters to family and friends nearly every day.
"It's been an interesting life" she once said. And no one could disagree. It could also be said that knowing Ruth, and counting her as a friend, made your life all that more interesting also.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Lloyd Threatt; her parents William W. Rowland and Carrie Nathan Simpson Rowland; and her sister Ann Rowland McArthur. She is survived by her brother Paul Turner in Colorado; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Hankins & Whittington Funeral Home, Charlotte, NC. Ruth requested that no funeral services be performed.
Published by Charlotte Observer on Sep. 28, 2021.