Family and friends are invited to meet in the Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home and Crematory on Tuesday, March 7, 2023 for a visitation from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
A service celebrating her life and Homegoing will take place at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Daryn D. Crenshaw officiating.
Her interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery.
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Willie Ruth (Howard) Campbell went to be with the Lord on February 23, 2023, surrounded by her loving family.
Willie Ruth (Howard) Campbell was born on May 10, 1946 to the union of Walter and Lizzie Ann (Hickman) Howard, in New Albany,MS. Willie Ruth attended Shiloh CME Church, in New Albany, MS. Willie Ruth confirmed and recommitted her life and belief in Jesus Christ as her personal savior. Willie Ruth received her formal education from B.F. Ford School System in New Albany, MS. Willie Ruth was called Sue by family and friends. Willie Ruth was employed by Laidlaw and Harris Metals. She was a loyal and dedicated worker wherever her employment career led her. Willie Ruth will be truly missed by all her family, friends and loved ones. Her irresistible smile, her affectionate laughter, and her kind heart was loved by everyone who knew her. She loved to cook and entertain family and friends with her southern cuisine. Willie Ruth enjoyed traveling, fellowship with her family, near or far, and the excitement of playing Bingo. Ruth was an excellent and safe driver and would drive anything with wheels. If you were privileged to encounter her when she was driving, you may have witnessed her turning corners safely on two wheels.
Willie Ruth leaves to cherish her memories with her daughters, Denise (Johnnie) Pierce, Jeannette (Cleveland) Brown both of Racine, WI; and Devanie Jones of Appleton, WI; Tara White and Jewel Ward of Racine, WI; sisters, Dr. Emma Wade of New Albany, MS; Cynthia (Cowley) Burnett of Red Hills, MS; Reverend Dr. Barbara Howard of Oxford, MS; brother, J.B.(Lois) Howard of Atlanta, GA; 20 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; sisters-in law, Louella Carter, Mary Golden, Marlow Howard; brother-in-law, Chester Jones. Willie Ruth’s memories will be cherished by many others including nieces, nephews and cousins. She also had special friendships with numerous individuals including Fairy, Lillie, Rose, Wilma, and Mike.
Willie Ruth was preceded in death by her parents Walter and Lizzie Ann (Hickman) Howard; her husbands, Ernest Jones and Wilbert Campbell. Her children, Jacqueline Powell and Kenya White; son-in-law, Orlandis Powell; siblings, Brenda Gilbert and Lee Howard; mothers-in-law, Bessie Mae Jones and Louise Staton. Willie Ruth was also preceded in death by other loving family members and friends.
Family and friends are invited to meet in the Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home and Crematory on Tuesday, March 7, 2023 for a visitation from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. A service celebrating her life and Homegoing will take place at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Daryn D. Crenshaw officiating. Her interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery.