Mrs. Betty Ruth Fleming of Port St. Joe went to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at the age of 79. Betty Ruth was born June 3, 1933 in Shamrock, FL to B.W. (Hoss) and Mrytice Wilder (Mema).
Betty Ruth, "Grandma" to many, was an active member of First Baptist Church of Port St. Joe, FL, a homemaker like no other. She was very involved in the life of her husband, three children, eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Fleming is preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.W. Wilder, Sr., and brother, Jimmy Wilder.
She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Bill Fleming of Port St. Joe, FL; daughters: Jan Nobles and husband Teedy of Port St. Joe, and Ruth Mathews and husband Tad of Palmetto, FL; a son Jay Fleming and wife Diane of Murfreesboro, TN; brother, Walter Wilder; sisters: Louis Parker and husband Tom, Irene Ramsey, and Patsy Hidalgo; sister-in-law, Donna Lee and husband Bobby, Jadine Ellis and husband Cliff, and Susan Wilder; brother-in-law Dewey Fleming and wife Jo; grandchildren: Bobby Nobles and wife Kim and Missy Ramsey and husband Eric of Port St. Joe, FL; Sunny Mathews of Orlando, FL, Matt Mathews and wife Megan and Micah and wife Stephanie of Palmetto, FL, Andrew Fleming and wife Trena, Amanda Fleming, and Alex Fleming of Murfeesboro; great-grandchildren Katie, Austin Rainey Nobles, and Erica Ramsey of Port St. Joe, Lee, Mattison, Maddox, Maybrie, and Easton Mathews of Palmetto, FL.
Funeral services were held 2 p.m. EST Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at First Baptist Church of Port St. Joe with Rev. Howard Browning, Rev. Buddy Caswell, and Rev. Tad Mathews officiating. Interment followed at Holly Hill Cemetery. The family received friends at the church one hour prior to service. The pallbearers are the grandsons. Honorable Pallbearers are the Deacons of First Baptist Church of Port St. Joe, FL. Condolences may be submitted or viewed at www.southerlandfamily.com.
Southerland Family Funeral Home
100 E. 19th Street
Panama City, FL 32405