Ruby Constance Rice Jones, 94, was born September 15, 1926 in Asheville, NC to the late Louis and Esther Haynes Rice and departed this life March 20, 2021 in Mission Hospital.
Sister Ruby was a life member of the Church of God in Christ and the last active member of the original founding members of the Asheville District. She was a former member of Holy Tabernacle COGIC and a member of Moore Memorial COGIC at the time of death. Sister Ruby held several positions on the local, district and state levels such as deaconess, trustee, chairlady of Young People Willing Workers, president of Christian Women's Council, District Financial Secretary to Superintendents C.W. Johnson, Sr., Samuel Payne, Sr. and C.W. Johnson, Jr. Sister Ruby was a songstress and a member of the Sunbeams, Star Lights and Yes Lord groups. She often sung duets with brother Louis Rice, Jr. You could often find her playing the piano and singing praises unto the Lord. She's remembered for singing songs such as "It Is Well, If I Can Help Somebody, My God is Real and May the Work I've Done Speak for Me". She was a true Christian soldier that never compromised or waivered in her belief of holiness.
Sister Ruby was just as active in the community as a member of the Stephens-Lee Alumni Association-Class of 1945 and Southside Reunion. Every Thursday for 68 years she volunteered at the Charles George V A Medical Center accumulating 7,882 hours of service to hospitalized veterans. She was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by the Governor of North Carolina. It is awarded to persons for exemplary service to the State of North Carolina and their communities that is above and beyond the call of duty. Sister Ruby was trained as a beautician and continued to serve a few clients after retirement. She and her brother Louis operated a candy store and acquired the name "Candy Lady" along with serving icee cups. She could be seen walking throughout the city attending to personal business, but rarely accepted a ride from anyone. Sister Ruby enjoyed reading, crocheting, sewing, arts and crafts and working in the yard and planting flowers.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, Harold Jones; son, Harold (Papoose) Jones; brother, Kenneth Rice, Sr.; sisters, Betty Baxter, Emma Hardy, Lillian Roberta Jones; niece, Esther Hardy; brother-in-law, Henry Hardy.
She leaves to cherish her life and memories, brother, Louis Rice, Jr.; grandson, Devin Jones; granddaughters, Mariam Peoples and Tawana Johnson; great-grandson, Malachi Johnson; a host of nieces and nephews; special friend, Randy Chambers; other relatives and friends.
" Ruby Rice Jones: "Your work truly speaks for you. Take that walk on those beautiful streets of gold".
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