Ruth Beasley Dukes, age 84, of Lake Butler, Florida, passed away peacefully on April 30, 2020, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born on August 30, 1935, in Lake Butler to the late Drew H. Beasley and Bessie Brannen Beasley. Ruth graduated from Union County High School in 1954 then attended Massey Business College. After school, Ruth returned to Lake Butler and worked for the Union County School Board. She was a bookkeeper for 35 years until her retirement. She loved to listen to music, cook, and watch her Florida Gators. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Lake Butler.
Ruth is preceded in death by her husbands, Robert Thomas, Grady Nelson, and Sonny Dukes; her daughter Deborah Brown; her parents, Drew H. and Bessie Beasley; and her brother, J.W. Beasley.
She is survived by her daughter, Cindy Nelson of Lake Butler; her grandchildren, Sierra (Conor) Leuthe of San Diego, CA, Kristy Manning and Russell Akins both of Lake Butler, FL; great-grandson, Drew Manning of Lake Butler, FL; and two nieces, Eileen Callaway (Owen Combs) of Sanderson, FL and Martha Jane Jones of Sanderson, FL.
The family will receive friends for a visitation on Sunday, May 3, at 2:00 PM at the Archer Funeral Home. Following the visitation, there will be a graveside service beginning at 3:00 pm at Swift Creek Mt. Zion Cemetery. The services will be officiated by Bro. Shane Collins and Bro. Art Peterson.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Archer Funeral Home. 386-496-2008. www.archerfuneralhome.com