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Ruby Jones King


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Ruby Jones King Obituary
Mrs. Ruby Jones King of Flat Rock died Monday, August 22nd, 2016 at her home. She was born March 7th, 1926 in Henderson County, the daughter of the late Ruth McCarson Jones and Carl L. Jones. She was married in 1944 to Joseph B. King, Sr. who preceded her in death in 1983. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Ira V. Jones, Ralph Jones; and her sister, Helen Jones King.
She lived her entire life in Henderson County except for a brief stay in Florida accompanying her husband, a U.S. Army soldier during WWII. She attended Balfour Elementary School and Mills River High School. She accrued countless hours of training classes in quilting, carving, basketry, canning and others and taught locally many hours of the same. At the age of 89 she enrolled in a pottery class at Blue Ridge Technical College, completing it with many examples of her artistry.
Reared to work, she had a special love for work whether it was in her yard or garden, in the kitchen preparing meals for friends and family or canning and freezing foods for later use. She rarely was idle.
During her very active life, Mrs. King was one of the earliest vendors at the Henderson County Curb Market, even still maintaining her booth where she variously sold cut flowers, floral arrangements, wreaths, corn-shuck angels, homemade breads, fresh vegetables, canned vegetables, fruits, jams and jellies. As a successful entrepreneur she will be remembered as the founder/owner of Country Village Crafts on McMurray Road until her semi-retirement. She was well-known as a charter member of the Upward Community Club (1953) where she served in all areas of leadership as an officer and volunteer until very recent time, more than 60 years. She and her husband were also founding members of the one-time Homestead Country Market once located between Hwy. 176 and Old Spartanburg Road.
She was named Henderson County Woman of the Year twice for outstanding leadership in her community and was twice nominated for State Woman of the Year. As a successful business woman for twenty years, she was selected as a Woman of Achievement by Business an Professional Women's Club. Always caring about good government, she worked for the Democratic Party serving as precinct chairman and worked many years as Chief Judge during elections. She served as a member of the Chaplain's Board at Pardee Hospital for twenty years with pride and dedication.
A member of Hope United Methodist Church in East Flat Rock and a former member of Upward United Methodist Church, she served in many leadership roles, sang in the choir, taught Sunday School, coordinated and served countless meals and was a leader in United Methodist Women.
Her family was of utmost importance to her and their needs always close to her heart.
She is survived by her two sons, Joseph B. King, Jr. and Douglas O. King and his wife, Angie; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and countless friends.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 27th, 2016 at the First Baptist Church of Hendersonville. A private interment will be held at a later date at Shepherd Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends beginning at 1:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers and at her request, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Ruby Jones King Scholarship for Excellence, with the Henderson County Educational Foundation, P.O. Box 1267, Hendersonville, NC 28793. This fund was established on the occasion of her 90th birthday in March 2016 to be awarded annually to a college-bound graduate of East Henderson High School.
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in The Times-News from Aug. 25 to Aug. 26, 2016
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