Ruby Burton Jennings
Ruby Burton Jennings, 93, of Gladys, passed away on Thursday, April 29, 2021, at Centra Lynchburg General Hospital. She was the wife of the late William Gerald Jennings Sr.
Ruby was born in Halifax County, on March 30, 1928, a daughter of the late Robert Lee Burton and Mary Gold Rudder Burton. She was a life-long member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, where she served as a choir member, Sunday school teacher, pianist, and was a member of the Hazel Moon Circle. Ruby owned and operated Burton-Jennings Florist and Gifts for 55 years. She was also a member of numerous organizations; past president of Brookneal Woman's Club, former vice regent for the Red Hill Chapter of the DAR, Brookneal Lions Club, receiving the 2009 Citizen of the Year award, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, past member of the Brookneal Rebekah Lodge, past secretary for the Brookneal Chamber of Commerce, and was the Grand Marshall in the 2003 Brookneal Christmas parade.
She is survived by a son, William Gerald "Jerry" Jennings Jr. (Suzanne) of Gladys; a daughter, Antha J. Elder (Mac) of Brookneal; grandchildren, Peyton Lee Elder, Zane Matthew Elder (Emily), Ellie M. Jennings, Steven L. Jennings, and Annie G. Jennings; and a great-granddaughter, Quinley A. Powers.
She was preceded in death by a son, David Lee Jennings; two infant daughters, one infant son; a granddaughter, Kara Elizabeth Elder; four brothers, Robert, Frank, Roy, and Ray Burton; four sisters, Irene B. Woodall, Edith B. Gilliland, Sue B. Scott, and Beryl B. Camden; and six half-brothers, Morrell, Lemuel, Abrie, Hubert, John, and Joe Burton.
A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at Ebenezer Baptist Church by the Rev. Jamie Adams and the Rev. Johnny Roberts. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at her home other times.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Brookneal Volunteer Fire Department, the Gladys Volunteer Fire Department, or Patrick Henry's Red Hill Memorial Foundation.
Following the CDC guidelines for COVID 19 those attending the service will be required to wear a mask.
Henderson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Brookneal is assisting the family.
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Published by The News & Advance on May 2, 2021.