Honor to Whom Honor
The Plymouth Church of Christ recently recognized Ruth Starling for her years of teaching children. She began at 16 in the Ocoee Church of Christ. She taught in the Plymouth church after she, her husband, and their three children began driving from Mt. Dora to attend the, then new, Plymouth church in 1952. In 1962 Philip and Ruth moved to Plymouth where they live in sight of the church.
She resigned 15 days before her 92nd birthday. Most of the time she had the older elementary school class - grades 4 - 6.
She cannot remember how many future preachers she taught. One of these, Theo Elam minister for the Deltona Church of Christ, remembers her as a no-nonsense disciplinarian - who genuinely loved the children she taught.
Philip, served the church too, many years as one of the elders. Ruth
said when he taught a 3 month class on giving the church
contributions doubled. He also taught the teen class for a short
time. His forte, though, was building. He was primary builder for
the church meeting house. After retiring from Scotty's Home
Builder's Supply, he did many jobs for church members and the
Central Florida Bible Camp.
The Plymouth Church of Christ salutes Ruth & Philip for their works' sake.
rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her....
- Proverbs 31:28