Georgia Ruth Turnbow Roth

Roth www.lewisherald.comThey dismissed school early, the day Georgia was born. That teacher knew something about teachable moments and the school of life.

It was a long, rich life, in all the ways that really matter. She touched so many of us, and leaves so generous a legacy of spirit and kindness and perseverance.

Georgia was born November 17, 1931 in Perry County on Sinking Creek, in the same house her mother was born in. The first child of James Turnbow and Clyde Graves Turnbow, she grew up on Swan Creek and later moved to Hohenwald, where she graduated from Lewis County High School. She married Freddie Roth on November 2, 1950. They were married almost 60 years.

Georgia often recalled the thrill and wonder of first seeing humans take to the sky, though firmly and proudly planted in the soil of her native grounds.

Of course, that was nothing – speaking of legacy – compared to the thrill and wonder of the birth of a son, Frederick David, and then a daughter, Sharon Clydine; and later a pair of granddaughters, Emma Rebekah and Elisabeth Kathleen (Katie).

Georgia, like her parents before her, worked for many years at Genesco. She provided for her children, not only materially but especially in the richness of an endless and daily nurturing love. She loved keeping her home and cooking beautiful meals.

She is survived by her son, F. David Roth; her daughter, Sharon C. Roth (Phil Oliver); her brother, Jimmy C. Turnbow (Ruth); granddaughters, Emma Rebekah Oliver and Elisabeth Kathleen Oliver; and many beloved family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Freddie W. Roth.

A celebration of her life was held on Wednesday August 9, 2017 in the chapel of McDonald Funeral Home. Walter Droke, minister of First Pentecostal Church, Phil Oliver, and Van Ward officiated. Burial followed in the Graves Cemetery in Perry County.

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