Ruby Hazel Childress, 97, passed away Jan. 25 at Morrison Woods in Muncie, Ind. Ruby is formally from LaFollette, where she lived until Nov. 2007 and moved to Muncie, Ind., to live with her daughter.
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Ruby was born in Claiborne County on May 25, 1915, to Ed and Hettie Yoakum.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold G. Childress, who passed away in March, 1966; her parents, Ed and Hettie Yoakum; three sisters; two brothers.
She leaves to cherish her memory, daughter, Alice M. Littell, husband, David, of Muncie, Ind.; granddaughters, Lee Ann Brown, and husband, Brad, of Pendleton, Ind.; Lisa Fullman of Muncie, Ind.; great-granddaughters, Devan Crabtree, Brett Fullman, and step-granddaughter, Kelsey Brown; great-great granddaughter, Lyllian Kay Crabtree, and Kenzie Brown; sister-in-law, Imojean Childress Morris, of Dandridge; several nieces and nephews, a special niece, Helen Ann McCarron in Sacramento, Cali.
Ruby retired from Imperial Reading Mfg. Company in LaFollette after 41 years of employment along with help maintaining the family farm. She was a faithful member of the Well Spring Methodist Church, Methodist Women, and sang in the church choir. She belonged to the Tennessee Association for Family and Community Education, (UT/Extension) and one year was voted Woman of the Year. She served a three-year term as 1st alternate on the Community Committee of the USDA Farm Service Agency of Campbell County. She served many years as a Salvation Army volunteer, and nursing facility visitation.
Ruby was dearly loved and a joy to all who knew her. She was also known for her famous peanut butter roll candy, peanut butter fudge, and old fashion stack cakes. She loved raising a garden and summer canning.
Visitation is Feb. 1 at 10 a.m. at Walters Funeral Home followed by the service at noon. Interment will follow at the Yoakum Cemetery in Claiborne County. In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to the Well Springs Methodist Church, 168 Well Road, LaFollette, 37766.
Walters Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Published in LaFollette Press on Jan. 31, 2013