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Ruth Martin Puryear

July 31, 1938 — January 15, 2022

Ruth Martin Puryear

Ruth Martin Phillips Puryear of South Boston, VA passed away January 15, 2022.  She was born in Scottsburg, VA on July 31, 1938 and was 83 years of age. She was the daughter of the late Leonard Martin and the late Gracie Lloyd Martin.


She was a member of Main Street United Methodist Church. Ruth loved working in the yard, remodeling houses, refinishing furniture, shopping for bargains and antiques and she had wonderful decorating skills. 


Ruth Martin Puryear is survived by:

Her Children

Gail P. Rowan and husband James of Virgilina

Susan P. Daniel and husband Ken of Sutherlin

Scott Phillips and wife Kathy of Halifax

Five Grandchildren

Six Great-grandchildren

Two Sisters

Lorene Fallen East of Scottsburg

Jo Wilson Lowery and husband Dewey of South Boston


***Preceded in death by***

One Brother

Earl "Sonny" Martin


The family will receive friends Wednesday, January 26, 2022 from 1:00 until 2:00 P.M. at Powell Funeral Home.


For memorials, please consider Angelman Syndrome Foundationin honor of Kendal Daniel, 3015 E New York St Ste A2-285, Aurora, IL 60504 or Main Street United Methodist, 701 N. Main Street, South Boston, VA.


Online condolences may be directed to


Arrangements are by: Powell Funeral Home, 1603 Wilborn Ave., South Boston, VA 24592.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

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