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Ruth Birchem

Mrs. Ruth Margaret Tilley Birchem, age 86, of Martin died Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, at VanAyer Healthcare & Rehab in Martin. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. today (Tuesday) at Murphy Funeral Home in Martin with Rev. Wayne Perkins officiating. Burial will follow at East Side Cemetery in Martin.  Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time. Mrs. Birchem attended Sharon High School, was a homemaker and a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church. She is survived by two sons, Thomas (Sandy) Birchem of Dresden and Greg Lynn Birchem; two grandchildren, James Austin (Laura) Birchem and Shannon Thomas (Tonya) Birchem; several great-grandchildren; a sister, Reba (Ronnie) Wade of Martin; and a brother, Eric (Linda) Tilley of Trenton. Mrs. Birchem was preceded in death by a son, James Waymon Birchem; and her parents, John Buford and Willie Ruth Todd Tilley. Online tributes may be left at

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