Carlene M. Ruth Grissom


Carlene M. Ruth Grissom, 51, a lifelong resident of Cleveland, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, in a Chattanooga hospital.

She was born on Sept. 29, 1971, a daughter of the late Carl “Puggy” and Janice Ruth. She was a member of Turning Point Community Church. Carlene enjoyed traveling and cheering on her Tennessee Vols but most of all, enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Jacob Grissom; one brother, Marvin Ruth; aunt and uncles, Gail Fulp, Odie Bartlett, Margie Jacks and James “Bo” Woodward, as well as many others; and grandparents, Helen “Granny Cross” Lawson, Jewel and Marvin Barlett and Willie Ruth.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, three children, Jessica Gee, Aaron Gee and Caleb Grissom (Darlene Skinner); three grandchildren, Antonio Vargas, Alyssa Gee and Alora Grissom; loving companion, Charles “Tony” Melton; one brother, Freddy Ruth; special cousins, Mary Johnson, Teresa “Pint” Pierce, Rhonda Baker, Lonnie Johnson, Sherri Moore, Tonya Martin and Becky Brown; special friends, Christopher and Josh Webster, Michael Bean, Jaclyn Willis, Ashley Ivey, Suzanne Baskette, Linda Gregory, Mike Melton and Billie Nichols, Tracy Melton; nieces and nephews, Tanner Ruth Dixon, Kameryon Bean and Elijah Appleberry, as well as many others; aunts and uncles, Teresa “Nana” Creasman, Charmine Fulp, Tammy Pell, Billie Ruth Moore Jr. Cross, Danny Bartlett and Kenneth Bartlett; and many other family and friends.

A Celebration of Life service is planned at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, at Turning Point Community Church, 201 Durkee Road NE in Cleveland, with the Rev. Teresa Miller and Dr. H.E. Cardin officiating.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday at the church from noon until the 3 p.m. service time.

The interment will follow in the Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery with Aaron Gee, Caleb Grissom, Antonio Vargas, Lonnie Johnson, Freddy Ruth and Tanner Ruth Dixon serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Tony Melton, Michael Bean and James “Bus” Grissom.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the American Liver Foundation in Carlene’s memory.

You are encouraged to share a memory of Carlene and/or your personal condolences with her family by visiting her memorial webpage and guestbook at

Companion Funeral Home of Cleveland is in charge of arrangements.



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