Ruth Tanksley Purdom (1919 – 2013)

Ruth Tanksley Purdom was born in Nashville, Tennessee, November 4, 1919. She was raised in South Nashville along with her parents, four brothers, and one sister. She attended Hume-Fogg High School, where she met her future husband, Buford Purdom.

During the depression years, they married and lived with his parents and he and his dad worked together as painters. After a while they had one daughter, Delores. They gave their lives to Christ at the Lindsley Avenue church of Christ where they attended regularly. Dr. Ira North was the minister there. They later moved to Woodbine and then attended the Woodbine church of Christ where Buford served as a deacon.

Ruth went to work at the Spur Oil Company. After a few years, she went to work for the Third National Bank and continued there until retirement after 30 years. They were blessed with two precious grandsons whom they adored. Buford became a fireman with the Nashville Fire Dept. where he retired at the age of 65. He passed away about four years later.

While he was living, Ruth and he loved and enjoyed being with the grandsons very much. They took them on many vacations, and their grandpa took them fishing many times.

Ruth later moved to Hermitage to be near her daughter and they started attending the Central Pike congregation. She continued to attend Central Pike until her daughter passed away in 2008. She then started attending the Mt. Juliet congregation. By then, she was in her late 80’s and many times was not able to attend. Worshipping the Lord was always of great importance to her and her faith never waivered.

…written by Doug McCormick…