Ruth Atkins, of Sweetwater, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, July 1, 2019. Ruth was a faithful and the oldest founding member of South Madisonville Baptist Church. For seven years she was under the loving care of the staff of Sweetwater Nursing Center.

She was 98 years old.

Ruth is preceded in death by: her husband, Cecil Atkins.

She is survived by: her daughters, Annette Byrd of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Gail Cummings, of Sweetwater;

Son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Sally Atkins, of Florida;

Grandchildren, Angela McGinn, Josh Atkins, Robby Cummings, Stephen Cummings;

Great-grandchildren, Skye Cummings-Ritchy, Chandler Cummings, Mason Cummings, Bryce Cummings, Audrey McGinn, Max McGinn;

Great-great-grandson, Nash Ritchy;

Sisters-in-law, Marilyn Atkins, Carolyn Kenner;

Many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life was held at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 5, 2019, at South Madisonville Church, with the Rev. Rick Harris officiating.

Sweetwater Memory Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.