SHELBY - Mrs. Ruby Lanier Smith, a wonderful, caring, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, 81, of 424 Suttle Street, Shelby, answered God's call from this earthly house to her heavenly home on Wednesday Nov. 28, 2012 at Cleveland Regional Medical Center in Shelby.
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The amazing Ruby was born on Oct.12, 1931, along with her identical twin Ruth, to the late John Henry and Essie Huskey Lanier in Blacksburg, SC. Ruby was a homemaker in the highest degree and an employee at Walmart Super Center in Shelby where she was loved and admired by many.
She loved and cared for her family, friends and community. Ruby was a member of Ellis Chapel Baptist Church where she attended faithfully as her health allowed her.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Smith;her grandchildren, Ed Thompson, Ivan Thompson, Tracy Kee, Shawn Kee, Sandra Kee and Sonya Thompson; her great-grandchildren, India Moon, Brookie Kee and Frederick Lamont Hartgrove; two brothers, Clyde Lanier and Walter Ray Lanier and a sister, Mary Degree.
Left to cherish her memory are her six children, Ed Thompson Jr. (Gwen) and Katherine Kee, both of the home, Richard Thompson (Judy), Audrey Thompson and Franzie Lockhart, all of Shelby, and Pearl Thompson, Beckley, W.Va.; two sisters, Ruth Morgan, Hickory and Annie Pearl Epps (George), Shelby; a great-grandchild that she reared, Ashley Kee of Greensboro; a great-great-grandchild, Treshawn Coleman of the home; 17 grandchildren; 66 additional great-grandchildren; 29 additional great-great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 1 – 2p.m. today at the church
Funeral Service: 2 p.m. today at Ellis Chapel Baptist Church
Officiated By: The Rev. Ray Lockhart Jr.
Burial: Church cemetery
Funeral Home: Enloe Mortuary is serving the family
Online Condolences: www.enloes.net.
Published in Shelby Star from Dec. 2 to Dec. 3, 2012