Ruby Lee Jones Gholson, 76, resident of Dinwiddie, Va., passed away, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in her home.
On 10/25/1937, Frank Jones Sr. and Beatrice Miles Jones was blessed with their fourth-born, a baby girl whom they named Ruby Lee Jones. Once she was of age, Ruby attended grade school at Peabody in Petersburg Va. On Nov. 24th, 1954, she married Joseph Greenhill Gholson Sr. After marriage, they moved to Dinwiddie, where she became a member of Mt. Level Baptist Church. Together, Joe and Ruby raised nine children (five girls and four boys). At that point on she determined to devote her life, energy, and time to Jesus and family.
She spent her working career at Southside Virginia Training Center, giving care to all she encountered, residents as well as her co-workers. She retired from Southside Virginia Training Center in 1995. Upon retirement, she decided to become a personal caregiver, providing one-on-one care in the homes of ones in need. Her many years of missionary work, goes without saying, provided blessings to all she touched. As a devoted member to Mount Level Baptist Church she held many positions and wore many hats. While they were all of importance to her ushering and hospitality was her passion. Ruby also took on many hobbies over the years to keep busy, gardening, sewing and cooking. However, it was the time she spent supporting her children and grandchildren that top them all.
She was survived by three brothers, Clarence Jones (Helen) and Deacon Herman Jones (Carolyn) of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Deacon Edward Jones (Brenda) of Petersburg, Va.; two sisters, Arnita Jones (Willie) and Janet Brown (Sherman), both from Petersburg, Va.; four sisters-in-law, Margurite Jones, Joan Gholson, both of Petersburg, Va., Beatrice Taylor and Evelyn Mitchel, both of Dinwiddie Va.; eight children, Carylon Demps (Ernest), Gail Gholson, Sharon Gholson, Claudette Gholson (Sheldon), Robin Jordan (Frances), Keith Gholson (Lisa), Ken Gholson, Wyane Gholson (Yolonda); foster son, George Boose Jr. (Carol); 25 grandchildren, Ernest Demps, Enrique Demps (Jennifer), Marriell Gholson, Fola-Sade Henderson, Shavon McNeil (LaMonte), Joseph Greenhill Gholson III, Keith Gholson Jr. (Kim), LaMonte Jordan, Dontae Gholson (Kelley), Rondell Gholson, TyQuisha Chavis, Brandon Green, Rayshawn Clanton (Lucy), Sheldon Gholson, KeJuan Knight, DeJuan Knight, Brittany Jordan, Terrell Clayton, Jaquawn Hargrove, Shawn Gholson, Jakaela Gholson, Shamon Gholson, Marla Coleman, Sabrina Mason and Aliah Stephens; 24 great-grandchildren that she loved dearly; and a host of nieces and nephews; last, but certainly not least, her devoted friend, cousin, and ace, Flossie Jordan aka Nanny.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at the Mt. Level Baptist Church, with the pastor, the Rev. Bernard Coleman, officiating, and the Rev. Carlos Jordan eulogizing. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. The family will assemble at the residence at 1 p.m. on the day of the service.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Joseph M. Johnson & Son Funeral Home, 530 S. Sycamore St., Petersburg, 804-863-4411.