January 27, 1928 ~ January 20, 2018

Born in: Buncombe County,
Resided in: Fairview, North Carolina

Ruth Earwood Nesbitt, 89, of Fairview, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 20, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Morgan Benjamin Nesbitt. Ruth was born on January 27, 1928 in Asheville to the late Boyce James and Cora Sluder Earwood. Along with her husband Morgan, they operated Blue Ridge Dairy Farms in Fairview. While she held other jobs, her main love was her family. She spent most of her time helping run the farm and caring for her child and grandchildren. She was a wonderful gardener and cook. She served for many years as church clerk, Sunday school teacher and Awana leader at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Fairview. Ruth is survived by her son, Phillip, and his wife, Shirley; two grandchildren, Amanda Ogle and her husband, Jonathan; and James Nesbitt; two sisters-in- law, Alpha Harkins, and Shirlene Dalton and her husband, Dean; several nieces and nephews, and two special caregivers, Elaine Kahn and Leslie Kahn. A celebration of life service will be held on Tuesday, January 23rd at 2:00 p.m. at Groce Funeral Home on Long Shoals Road in Arden. Interment will follow the service in the cemetery at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 455 Hollywood Road, Fairview. The family will receive friends on Monday, January 22 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Fairview, NC or to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation at www.macular.org or P.O. Box 515, Northampton, Massachusetts 01061-0515.

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  1. Phillip, Shirley, and family,
    We are so very sorry for your precious loss…we are praying for you all.
    Love you
    Donna and Keith Prinz

  2. So sorry to hear this . Though I didn’t personally know her, I have heard my mom speak of the Nesbitts many times. My mom was sister of Franklin Craig. Evelyn Craig Redmon. You are in my prayers

  3. Shirlene I’m so sorry for your lost. Your.mother was a precious lady. You were blessed with great parents that loved you and God.

  4. To Ruth’s Family,
    We were so sorry to hear about Ruth. Becky & Kathey Ponder informed us about Ruth’s passing. We always will remember her and Morgan coming to the Sluder reunion at Mt. View Church. Mama (Ila) always talked about Ruth’s delicious sweet potatoes she would bring. She was always so sweet and always the same every time we would see her. She will be greatly missed but you know she is in a much better place now. Cherish your memories. Our deepest sympathy to all of you.

  5. I am truly sorry to hear this. When I was eight years old and asked Jesus to live in my heart Ruth wrote down my information at church that morning. I will never forget that day and how happy she was for me. A sweet lady.

  6. We are praying for you all and know that God will give peace and comfort.

    My love for this lady was topped only by the love for my own mama and I affectionately called her’?Mama Ruth’?.
    The Nesbitt family adopted this Yanky when I moved to North Carolina and for that I will forever be grateful.
    My memories of mama Ruth always revolve around God, family, friends, farming and food. Thankfully I was fortunate to be a part of all of these.
    I am so thankful for the love and kindness shown to me and will always cherish the memories made….cornfield beans, home made rolls and lots of laughter.
    I will miss our Saturday phone chats mama but I know we will be together some day again.
    Until then, my memories will carry me through.

    Love you and miss you Mama!


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