Ruth Jean Booker Rule


Visitation Details

Service Details
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM 7:00 PM
Friday, January 5, 2018
Friday, January 5, 2018
Bordwine Funeral Home Bordwine Funeral Home
203 Ohio Ave., Etowah, Tn 37331 203 Ohio Ave., Etowah, TN 37331
Interment Green Hill Cemetery
Saturday, January 6, 2018 11:00 AM











Ruth Jean Booker Rule, 90, of Etowah, passed away on Monday, January 1, 2018 at home surrounded by all her family.

A native of Knoxville, TN she had lived in Etowah most of her life, during which she worked at Donald Rules Drug Store and Rule Furniture Store beside her husband Charlie Rule. She was a graduate of Etowah High School; she also owned a summer Green House for several years, started a Brownie Scout troop that continued through the same Girl Scout Troup.  She was an active member of the Etowah Garden Club and her and Charlie were members of the Sugerfooters Square Dance Group for many years. She was an active member of Etowah First Baptist Church where she served on many church committees. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles “Charlie” Rule and son Charles Douglas “Doug” Rule, her parents Oral & Lee Booker, many family members and special friend Margaret Leslie.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-laws, Donna Caye Stafford and Vern Redmile and Carole Jean and Dan Moody Lambert of Etowah; daughter-in-law, Charlotte Rule of Etowah.  Six grandchildren, Kevin and Dannielle Lambert of Cleveland, Lee and Lisa Rule, Dusty and Shannon Rule, Josh and Lacey Rule of Etowah, Brandon Lambert and Angie Culp of Knoxville and Cory Lambert of Decatur. Eleven great-grand-children, Memphis, Reece and Riley Lambert, Whyatte and Maddox Lambert, Sydney, Carlee and Lincoln Rule, Lindsey & Wes Adams, Ethan Rule and Cove Rule.  And a special thanks to her loving caregivers Joyce, Wanda, Tanis and Polly. Funeral service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Friday, January 5th in the chapel of Bordwine Funeral Home with Rev. Lee Fox and Thom Johnson officiating. Family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday prior to the service. Family and friends will assemble at Green Hill Cemetery Saturday, January 6th for the 11:00 a.m. committal service. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Etowah, P.O. Box 317, Etowah, TN 37331.




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  1. Anne Catron January 5, 2018

    I am sorry to hear of Jean’s passing. She was a special lady, a kind friend, and an outstanding community advocate.

  2. Kim McDaniel January 5, 2018

    I got to know Jean in WMU meetings, and later, when I was secretary for the Dorcas Sunday school class. She was a wonderful friend and mentor and made me laugh so often. I loved her outspoken but kind way of talking. She meant the world to me and to my mom, Jean McDaniel, as they were Sunday school classmates.
    May God bless you in your time of need and in the days and weeks and months to come. Sincerely, Jack, Jean and Kim McDaniel

  3. Susie Ottman January 4, 2018

    I cannot express in words the sorrow I felt upon hearing about Jean’s passing. I still think of her as a second Mom to me, since I spent so much time in her and Charlie’s home with Carole. She will be missed by many. My heartfelt condolences go out to Caye, Carole, and the whole family.
    With much love,
    Susie Ottman

  4. Bryan Dunkle and family January 4, 2018

    We are praying for the Rule family during this time.

  5. Louise Duckworth January 4, 2018

    My sincere sympathy in the passing of Mrs. Rule. You will all be in my prayers for comfort and strength during this trying time.

  6. Beverlee Wilson Bartley January 4, 2018

    We are sorry to hear of Jean’s passing and know she will be missed. I have fond memories of Jean and Charlie, and Donald Rule’s store, and they were good friends of my parents. They all square danced together and those were fun times for them. May God bless your family during this time of grieving and as you celebrate Jean’s life and her impact on others.

    • Caye Stafford January 8, 2018

      Thank you so much and yes those were such fun days for all of them. They enjoyed being together so much.

  7. Jim and Jeannie Ruthem January 3, 2018

    Jean was quite a lady. We had great times together as she and Charlie taught us how to square dance and later travelling to and decorating and calling for the many dances that the Sugarfooters held. She will be remembered for her friendliness, humor, great attidutide and generous smiles. She set an example of what a fine lady should be and touched many lives wherever she went. She will be missed but remembered fondly and with a smile, Our sympathy to her family and loved ones.

  8. Lisa Simpson Mould January 2, 2018

    Caye and Carole,
    Your mother was such a kind person. I have very fond memories of her. My sympathy to you all, Lisa Simpson Mould
    Washington, DC

  9. Julie Jones January 2, 2018

    I am so sorry for the loss of your mother/grandmother. Praying for all of you.

  10. Ken and Marian Burgess January 2, 2018

    We were so very sorry to hear of Jeans passing. Our deepest prayers and condolences to all who knew and loved her. She was a member of my mom
    ( Hazel Quinn) Sunday School class and a dear family friend. May God give you peace and comfort in the coming days and weeks ahead.

    Hazel Quinn
    Ken and Marian Burgess


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