01/20/14 — Ruth Strother Littleton, 98, of Grayson, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Carter County Nursing and Rehab Center. She was born March 1, 1915, in Gregoryville.
Mrs. Littleton was a graduate of Christian Normal Institute in 1930 and a 1932 graduate of CNI Junior College in Grayson. She was a self-employed merchant, operating Littleton’s Grocery in Gregoryville, and later was employed for a number of years as a bookkeeper, first with Grayson Milling Co. and later Farmers’ Hardware.
Affectionately known to her family and friends as “Big Mom,” she was of the Christian faith and a charter member of Gregoryville Christian Church, which she dearly loved. As a church member, she taught Sunday School class and was the church pianist for 45 years.
Mrs. Littleton was an 80+ year member of the Gregoryville Homemakers Club and a past board member of the Carter County Senior Citizens Center. She was instrumental in the expansion and relocation of Sparks Funeral Home to its present location.
A daughter of the late Dr. J.W. and Agga Holbrook Strother, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Carl Bliss Littleton in 1989; two sons, George Richard Littleton and John Wickliff Littleton; a daughter, Ruth Isabell Williamson; a brother, Wick Strother; and three sisters, Gussie Gaines, Jessica Dysard and Belle Womack.
Mrs. Littleton is survived by four daughters, Mary Sue (Curtis) Sparks of New Lebanon, Ohio, and Janet Bliss (Clifford) Buck, Barbara Harris Marshall and Linda Lou (Ron) Arnett, all of Grayson; 18 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; 41 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of friends who will mourn her passing.
A Celebration of Life will be at 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18, at Gregoryville Christian Church with Ron Arnett and Lewis Davis officiating. Friends may call after 10 a.m. until time of the services at the church. Interment will be Sunday at the Littleton Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be George Sparks, Greg Sparks, John Buck, Jim Buck, Joe Buck, Jeff Buck, Tally Harris, Kevin Harris, Robert Williamson and Chris Arnett.
Arrangements are under the direction of Sparks Funeral Home of Grayson.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gregoryville Christian Church, P.O. Box 382, Grayson, KY 41143.
On-line condolences may be made at sparksfh.com.