Ruth Edna Was born to the union of Arnett Norfleet, Sr. and Lelia Dixon-Norfleet on October 17, 1929 and was the third child of seven children. Her mother died at an early age and her father married Sallie Brooks who became step-mother to her and her siblings.
As a child Ruth attended Reynolds Chapel Elementary School and later graduated from Lincoln High School. She furthered her education by receiving her Nursing Certification Degree from Washburne Trade Center in Chicago, Illinois.
Ruth met and married Allen Bryant, Sr. who was in the United States Air Force and to this union five children were born-two girls and three boys.
Being a military wife and mother, Ruth and her family traveled the country, and resided in many states. Finally settling in Chicago she made a loving supporting, caring home for her family.
Ruth was bought up in a Christian home and at a very early age confessed Christ and was baptized at Oak Grove United Methodist Church, the church she attended faithfully with her family. After leaving home she later united with Christian Greater Rock M B Church in Chicago. She was a devoted, dedicated member and served in many capacities. Upon retirement Ruth returned to her hometown in Perry County. She reunited with the Oak Grove United Methodist Church. Later she joined Reynolds Chapel Church. She had a deep love in faith, worship and love to Jesus Christ. She was a praying woman and loved God and her church family She served diligently and faithfully until her health began to decline.
Ruth had a love for people and was a hard working lady. Ruth loved to cook, and she could sew and design the most beautiful dresses and outfits. She was employed as a LPN at the Cook County Hospital in Chicago until her retirement.
Returning to Alabama and country life added years of life, love, happiness and joy to Ruth. Being a “country girl” she settled in Newbern and continued her life serving all people and the community earning the title of “taxi driver”. She began to grow all kinds of vegetables. With an abundance of vegetables products, she would not sell them but freely gave them to people. She loved people and working with numerous organizations to make Perry County better for its citizens. Ruth can be best described as a ‘workaholic’.
Ruth made her transition and gained her heavenly wings on Friday, March 17, 2023 in the home she so loved and in the comfort of her bed surrounded by her family.
To send flowers
to the family or plant a tree
in memory of Ruth Edna Norfleet Bryant, please visit our floral store.