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Jimmie Ruth (Boulton) Phelps

August 20, 1924 ~ March 16, 2018 (age 93)

Jimmie Ruth Boulton Phelps, age ninety-three, died Friday at seven pm at NHC Oakwood. 

Mrs. Jimmie was born in Nashville, Tennessee on August the 20, 1924 to John White Boulton and his wife Inez McMurry Boulton, who preceded her in death along with one brother, William Boulton and her beloved husband, Dr. Jack Phelps, to whom she was married 53 years. She is survived by her son, Kenneth Jackson Phelps, Jr. (Debbie), Anne Phelps Reed (Kenneth), and Rebecca Phelps Baxter. She has 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 

Jimmie graduated with honors from Jackson High School. She graduated from Lambeth College, Magna Cum Laude. She received her Masters in Library Science with emphasis on children's literature from Peabody Library School. She worked at Southwestern College Library and later at the Mobile City Library as Director of the Children's Library. 

She married Kenneth Jackson Phelps on June 14, 1946 after his return from World War II. She had her first child, Kenneth Jackson Phelps, Jr. in 1947, while his father was in medical school. Dr. Jack opened his practice in 1950 in Lewisburg after which, Anne and Becky were born. 

They both loved Lewisburg having picked it as the place where they wanted to raise their children. Jimmie participated in community activities, civil and social clubs including the Elks Club, Garden Club, Women's Club, UMW, Book Clubs, and Bridge Clubs. She was well known for her many hobbies and her knowledge of antiques and roses, and she was an avid reader. She had a brilliant mind which was obvious to everyone she met. Jimmie will be missed by her family and her many friends.

Visitation will be held on Sunday afternoon, March 18th from 2-4 at London's Funeral Home. The family will be at the First United Methodist on Monday, March 19th from noon until the funeral hour at 2. Interment will follow at Lone Oak Cemetery beside her husband, Dr. Jack.

The family would like to thank the staff at Oakwood and London Funeral Home for their kindness and support.

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