Ruth Stapleton (Carter) (1929 - 1983)

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Birthplace: Plains, Georgia, United States
Death: Died in Georgia, United States
Cause of death: pancreatic cancer
Occupation: Christian evangelist
Managed by: Myron McGahan
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About Ruth Stapleton (Carter)

Ruth Stapleton is Dorothy Wiullard's 8th cousin.

Dorothy Willard (Duncan)→John Henry Duncan, Dorothy’s father→Emma Jane Duncan (Whitman), John’s mother→Mary Jane Whitman (Stodghill), Emma’s mother→Joel Stodghill, Mary Jane’s father→Durette Stodghill, Joel’s father→Joel Stodghill, Durette’s father→James Stodghill, Joel’s father→Ann Stodghill (Madison), James mother→John Madison, Ann’s father→Catherine Gaines (Madison), John’s daughter and Ann’s sister→Richard Gaines, Catherine’s son→Mildred Brown (Gaines), Richard’s daughter→Hollinger Brown, Mildred’s son→Mary Marcus Dawson (Brown), Hollinger’s daughter→Mary Elizabeth Nicholson (Dawson), Mary Marcus Dawson’s daughter→Mary Ida Gordy(Nicholson), Mary Nicholson’s daughter→Bessie Lillian Carter (Gordy), Mary Ida’s daughter→Ruth Stapleton, Bessie Lillian’s daughter and Dorothy Willard’s 8th cousin.

Ruth Stapleton is Clifford Willard's 8th cousin five times removed.

Clifford Willard→Leon Willard, his father→Joseph Maybrey Willard, his father→Josephine Melissa Willard, his mother→Isaac Prickett, her father→Jane Prickett, his mother→ Nancy Ventioner, her mother→Sarah Thaxton, her mother→Yancey Bailey, her father→Roger Cocke Bailey, his father→Temperance Bailey, his mother→Sarah Cocke, her mother→ Katherine Perrin, her mother→ Katherine Royall, her mother→ Anne Eppes, her daughter and Katherine Royall's sister→ Elizabeth Randolph, Anne's daughter→Sarah Barksdale, her daughter→Lucy Burnley, her daughter→Elizabeth Seals, her daughter→William Archibald Seals, her son→Mary Ann Carter, his daughter→William Archibald Carter, her son→James Earl Carter, his son→Ruth Stapleton, his daughter.

The sister of Jimmy Carter and was known in her own right as a Christian evangelist.

In 1977, she became friends with pornographer Larry Flynt and managed to briefly convert him to Christianity. She was portrayed during this portion of Flynt's life by Donna Hanover in the film The People vs. Larry Flynt. In the film Times of Harvey Milk, it is mentioned that Stapleton offered to try to convert Harvey Milk, the first openly-gay elected public official, to heterosexuality if he accepted Jesus as his savior (Milk was Jewish).

Stapleton was also known for her involvement in the healing ministry, especially in healing of memories. Her books, The Gift of Inner Healing, The Experience of Inner Healing and In His Footsteps: The Healing Ministry of Jesus, Then and Now, illustrate her beliefs on inner healing, which involved healing of memories, in which a person would go over their memories and bring Jesus into the memory to help them forgive, or be comforted as required by Jesus. Not all people were in favour of her ministry, regarding it as akin to witchcraft. For many years though, she spoke at many churches over her experiences and led inner healing workshops.


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Ruth Stapleton's Timeline

August 7, 1929
Plains, Georgia, United States
September 26, 1983
Age 54
Georgia, United States
September 28, 1983
Age 54
Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States