Survivors include her husband, George Chassevent of the residence; a son and daughter-in-law, Raymond Claude and Gail Brown Chassevent, Fountain Inn, SC; 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa and David Hancock, McDonough, GA, Lora and Ed Henry, Palm Bay, FL; 9 grandchildren, Raymond, Anna, Amelia, John, Lauren, Faith, Ansley, Kayla, and Wesley; 2 great grandchildren, Hayden and Elijah; 2 brothers; and 3 sisters.
Funeral Services will be held 4:00 p. m. Sunday, February 14, 2016 at Christian Life Worship Center in Athens, GA, with the Rev. Mr. Bradley Cooper officiating. The family will receive friends 2-4 p. m. prior to the service at the church.
Christian Life Worship Center is located at 125 Kathwood Drive, Athens, GA, one mile north of the Athens Perimeter or GA Highway 10, called the Loop, just off of US Highway 129.
Burial will follow in the Woodlawn Church Cemetery, Woodlawn, VA.
Flowers are accepted or contributions may be made to Richardson/Cox Fund, 181 Spring St., Franklin Springs, GA 30639.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce is in charge of the arrangements.
[Editor's tribute to a Great Christian Lady. Ruth Richardson Chassevent was a beautiful woman. Her outward beauty was a reflection of an inner beauty given to her by her Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. She was authentic and genuine. She loved George and was a faithful and loyal wife.
Ruth was second born in a family of seven children. Both of her parents were credentialed ministers of the Gospel of the Pentecostal Holiness Church. Her father served as a pastor. She had two brothers who were called to preach and became pastors: Edward Richardson and David Richardson, Sr., who currently serves as the pastor of the Andrews Pentecostal Holiness Church, in Andrews, South Carolina.
It was at Emmanuel College that Ruth Richardson and George Chassevent met. George from Florida; Ruth from Virginia. They fell in love and married. At the time of Ruth's death they had been married 54 years. Georgia enjoyed a successful career with IBM as one of their top engineers and technicians. Ruth and George have been faithful to the church in their attendance, service and/or ministry, tithing and giving. In addition, their giving to Emmanuel College that has been generous as well as sacrificial over the years. If George and Ruth gave $1,000 to Emmanuel College, IBM would match that gift by giving an additional $1,000, thereby, doubling their contribution and blessing the college. They loved Emmanuel College with a passion, and demonstrated that love by their giving and by being present for the annual homecomings and special events for alumni and friends.
Ruth served as my secretary, office manager and bookkeeper at Tarkenton Memorial Pentecostal Holiness Church for a period of time when I was the senior pastor. She was efficient, trustworthy, loyal, and made everyone welcome who came to her office.
Ruth was a mentor to several younger women in the church. She knew how to invest in their lives to help them achieve their God-given potential.
God gave Ruth the gifts of mercy, compassion, and benevolence. Whenever she perceived a need others might have she did all within her ability with God's direction and help to meet those needs.
Ruth and George own a 45-acre farm, and they have an annual garden, and Ruth had fruit trees, blackberry and strawberry plants that produce bountifully. Ruth enjoyed teaching her children and grand children how to can these fruits, and Ansley, the daughter of Lisa and David Hancock, was was so excited about how she had helped her grandmother make blackberry jam. She wanted me to have a jar that she had helped her grandmother to can. Ruth knew how to create a loving relationship with her grandchildren and they loved to come to their farm and home out in the country. Ruth imparted the love for God and a life of joyful victory and holiness. She knew how to build character.
Ruth was a marvelous cook. He culinary arts were well known. Melvine and I have enjoyed many a dinner meal or a luncheon in their home.
Ruth was active in the Women's Ministries of the Church as well as the Tuesday morning ladies Bible and prayer meeting. She was a prayer warrior and you could always depend on Ruth to pray for your needs. I remember with fondness the prayer meeting that our new pastor, Brad Cooper, called for a Friday evening shortly after he began his ministry with us. Our pastor encouraged each person present to pray sentence prayers, and Ruth prayed with a passion for those members of our church who had left our church for one or more reasons that God would bring them back in His timing. It is my belief that Ruth's prayer that evening will be answered in days, weeks, and months to come. In the Book of Revelation, those prayers are described like this: "golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints" (Revelation 5:8, NIV).
George is an elected member of our church council. He was a deacon when I was pastor. Both George and Ruth were faithful members of our Sunday school class. George dearly loved Ruth and loved her to the end. He took good care of her, and each Sunday he would get her a cup of coffee and bring it to her at the table where we sat in chairs in our classroom.
Words are inadequate to describe our love and admiration for Ruth and George Chassevent. They earnestly prayed for others, especially their children and grandchildren, and great grandchildren. They had a heart of love for the people of God and for those who needed to come to Jesus for salvation.
In her dying hours she would pray in the Spirit, i. e., in tongues, and in English. Normally Ruth would refer to our Lord as Jesus. However that changed as she seemed to be seeing beyond the veil of this life and shouted the Name, Messiah. What a beautiful thing to behold. Apparently she was seeing Him, Jesus Who is the long awaited Messiah the Jews were looking to see. Ruth saw Him.
Although I cannot prove it, but I believe that those who have gone before like her father and mother, her sister who died in a car accident in her youth, Lozell Cape, Stephanie Morgan, Aunt Sue Vinson, Cleo Moser, Patty Patch, Connie Barrett and Esther Masson, and other ladies of our church who have preceded Ruth in death, were on the welcoming committee in heaven to welcome Ruth Richardson Chassevent to heaven. Most of all, she was welcomed by Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Ruth has reached the destination we all want to achieve when we die. May God bless the life and legacy of Ruth Richardson Chassevent. We thank God for the example she has given all of us to love and serve Jesus, the church, and the Kingdom of God.