Published 12:00 am Friday, July 24, 2009

SOUTH POINT — Ruth Blair Dotson Burns, 84, of South Point, was born in Ashland, Ky., Jan. 28, 1925. On July 22, 2009, at St. Mary’s Medical Center she joined her husband of 50 years, Karl Sattes Burns, who preceded her in death by 12 years and 364 days. He passed away on July 23, 1996. This is, perhaps, the only time she was early!
She was the daughter of the late Charlie Lee and Rebecca Blair Dotson. Ruth is survived by her only child, her daughter, Nancy Lee, married to John William Smith of Chesapeake; three beautiful granddaughters and their husbands, Arminda “Mindy” Lee and Matthew Christian Watts of Chesapeake, Katie Jill and John Paul Patterson of Chesapeake, and Johnda Kay and Trent L. Carpenter of Ironton; eight precious great grandchildren, Maddie, Abbie, Mollie, Tayden, Gretta, Teegan, Silas, Enoch, and one on the way. They were her treasure on earth.
As a young woman, she worked as a Department of Public Assistance worker for the Ranger and Hamlin area of W.Va. She was a payroll clerk and shipping clerk at the Ashland Oil and Refining Company from 1952 – 1968. She owned and operated the Perry-Sheridan Carry-out located in South Point until she retired. Ruth was a born-again Christian and member of Big Branch Church and very proud of it. She was baptized this past Sunday night, with her family present, and gave a beautiful testimony of God’s goodness and mercy.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Schneider-Griffin Funeral Home with her grandson-in-law, the Rev. Trent L. Carpenter officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens, South Point. Friends may call from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Gideons International or a charity of your choice. Condolences may be expressed at

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