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Ruth Ray Howell of Blountstown passed away Sunday, December 25, 2011, at the age of 95. Ruth was a lifelong resident of Blountstown and was a member of Blountstown First Baptist Church. She was founder of Calhoun-Liberty Abstract Company which she operated for seventy years. She was a graduate of Columbia County High School. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas C. and Mary (Peacock) Ray; her husband, Charlie Hix Howell; and a brother, Bill Ray. Survivors include her son, Charles Ray Howell, of Blountstown; daughter, Nancy Mauldin; five grandchildren, Josh Mauldin, Lynn Walquist, Renee Jeppson, Sherri Shuler, and Ray Howell; and 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, December 31, in the Chapel at Adams Funeral Home with Reverend David Throckmorton officiating. Interment will follow in Boggs Cemetery. The family will receive friends 4:00- 6:00 p.m., Friday, December 30, at the funeral home. Adams Funeral Home in Blountstown is in charge of the arrangements (phone 674-5449). Online condolences may be made at

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