Ruby  White
Ruby White was a loving daughter, wife, mother, and grandma who was born in Winston County, Mississippi, to Atha Mae Chandler Files and James Monroe Files on June 27, 1924. She spent most of her life in Winston and Oktibbeha counties in Mississippi prior to moving to Athens, Alabama, in 2009. In her early years, she attended Gum Branch Community School in Winston County, Mississippi. She was part of a generation that survived the Great Depression, picked cotton by hand, killed hogs each fall, and slept on feather beds. On Feb. 21, 1941, at the age of 16, she left home wearing her best dress and married John Thomas White, her husband of 50 years. She loved serving others and did so by praying for us, cooking wonderful southern food, and sewing beautiful quilts. She passed from this earthly life on Sept. 28, 2019. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, stepmother Louise Jones (Mutt), husband John Thomas White, daughter Frances Bergeron (Don), son-in-law Jack Ivy, sister Sue Jones (Ervin), sister Helen Ansley (Collins) and brother James Files.
She is survived by her grandson Bob Ivy (Traci) Nashville, TN, grandson Jimmy Ivy Louisville, MS, son David White (Lisa) Athens, AL, , grandson Matthew White Birmingham, AL, grandson Austin White (Rachel) Auburn, AL, grandchildren SaraBeth, Nathan, Nicholas, Jennifer, and Samantha White, all of Athens, AL, and sister-in-law Florence Files Branson, MO. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews Mickey Jones New Orleans, LA, Rodney Jones (Marilyn) Perdido Key, FL, Judy Johnston (Buddy) Sturgis, MS, Barbara Shurden (Hugh) Kosciusko, MS, Cathy White (Bernie) Starkville, MS, Deborah Ansley Addis, LA, Glenda Wyatt Brookhaven, MS, Gerry Cook (Roy) Germantown, TN, and Barbara Rohmann Woodstock, GA.
Funeral will be held Thursday, Oct. 3, at Welch's Funeral Home in Starkville, MS. Visitation will begin at noon followed by a 2 p.m. service. A brief graveside ceremony will be held immediately following the service at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Winston County, MS.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
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Published on October 1, 2019


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Dawn Rudd
Oct 03, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I helped take care of Ms. Ruby at Athens Rehab she was so sweet, & always knew how to make us laugh. She will be missed.
Brenda Cole
Oct 02, 2019
Ruby was a very special friend of mine..So sorry to hear of her passing..My deepest Sympathy to all her family..
Carol Malone
Oct 02, 2019
I was so blessed to have known Ruby after she moved to Athens, AL and attended West Highland Baptist Church. One of God's saints who we immediately loved.