Mrs. Ruby Swihart Thurmond, 97, longtime Leachville resident and widow of Hollis Thurmond, died early Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro. Born at Leachville, she was the daughter of the late Merrill and Mable Brown Swihart and had been a lifelong Leachville area resident. She was a graduate of Arbyrd High School and a member of the Big Lake Country Club. She was a homemaker and an avid bridge player.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Tommy Thurmond, a brother, Johnnie Swihart, and a sister, Lila Croom.
She is survived by two nephews, Leon Swihart and David Rose, both of Leachville; seven nieces, Betty Carter and Carol Jones, both of Little Rock, Mary Schupback of Scottsdale, Ariz.; June Cude of Kearny, Ariz., Patricia Fortenberry of Rogers, Terry Wallace of Jonesboro and Patti Snider of Leachville; and a sister, Ruth Rose of Jonesboro.
Funeral service were held at noon Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the Howard Funeral Service Chapel in Leachville with Rev. David Price officiating. Burial will follow in Leachville Cemetery.
The family received friends Tuesday morning from 11 until service time at the funeral home.
Guest register is www.howardfuneralservice.com.