Ruby Mae Wedgeworth “Nannie”
Ruby Mae Wedgeworth passed away on Monday, August 14, at Merit Health Hospital in Vicksburg, MS. She was in the presence of her loving family. Ruby was 78 years old.
Ruby was born April 1, 1945, at her childhood home in Smith County. She was the oldest child of Willie Ray and Cora Mae Goodson. Ruby had 6 younger siblings that filled her childhood with fond memories of teasing, laughter and lots of stories to share. Being the oldest, Ruby was
always in charge of caring and cooking for her siblings. She always had a nurturing and loving spirit starting at a young age. Ruby attended Burns school where she caught the eye of her future husband , John Wedgeworth who was currently driving the school bus. They began their 4 ½ year courtship where John had to walk 6 -9 miles to court Ruby. On May 1, 1962 she and John eloped along with her sister Virginia and her future husband Bennie, where they were all united in marriage. Ruby and John spent 61 loving years together as husband and wife and as best friends. Their love for each other was strong and evident by all in their presence. They enjoyed attending church at Trenton Pentecostal . She accepted the lord as her savior on April 5, 1982 and was Baptized shortly after. She loved her pastor and her church family tremendously. After church , she and John would be seen holding hands as they enjoyed their Sunday lunch dates.
Ruby dearly loved everyone but especially her own children. After raising her daughter Tammy, son Dewayne and grandson Josh, she and John were delighted to add 2 more grandsons, Zach and Derek, and 5 great grandchildren who continually added to her joy over the years as their “Nannie”, She loved spoiling her family especially with delicious home cooked meals
Everyone had their favorite dish but her fried chicken was requested by all.
Other hobbies included sewing, quilting, canning vegetables, reading her bible, playing dominos and phase 10 cards. She enjoyed sharing adventures with John and her family as they traveled to the Smoky Mountains, beach and to the states out west together. Also, her girl trips that included her mother, sisters and daughter held a special place in her heart .
Ruby was preceded in death by her mother Cora Mae Goodson, her father Willie Ray Goodson, grandson Zachary Baldwin and brother Johnny Goodson. She was survived by her husband John Wedgewoth, daughter Tammy Baldwin (Kevin), son Dewayne Wedgeworth (Larecia), grandson Josh Wedgeworth (Ashley), Derek Wedgeworth (Bailey) and 5 great grandchildren Bentlee, Braxlee, Brantlee, Sawyer and Landri. Two step grandchildren, Kayla Sullivan (Matthew), Hunter Dupree (Ashleigh) and 3 step great grandchildren , R.C., Stella and Sophia. Three sisters, Virginia Batte (Bennie), Joyce Beatty (David), Bonita McGriff (James) and two brothers James Goodson and David Goodson (Linda). Plus many special nieces, nephews, friends and one little spoiled pug named Bandit.
Ruby will be deeply missed by her friends, family, and all who knew her.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 17th, from 5:00-8:00 pm & Friday, August 18th from 12:00-2:30 pm, at Christian Life Fellowship. The funeral service is scheduled for Friday, August 18th, at 2:30 followed by a graveside service at Carr Methodist Church.
OTT & LEE Funeral Home of Forest is honored to serve the Wedgeworth family