Ruby Louise Bankhead was born September 23, 1945 on a Sunday. She was the 10th child of twelve, and the last child born at home and not in a hospital to Mary Alice Harrison Bankhead and Berry Custlier Bankhead. She grew up in a loving home down in the "hollow" on Broadway Street in Florence Alabama.
Ruby attended Pine Ridge Elementary School which was a two-room schoolhouse, first, second and third grade in one room and fourth, fifth and sixth in the second room. Ruby spoke fondly of those times. She moved to Tuskegee with her older Sister "Dover" (Mary Elizabeth) and graduated for Tuskegee Institute High School. She then accompanied her sister to Nashville where she attended and graduated from Tennessee State University.
Ruby loved cooking, going for walks, attending theater performances, and spending time with family and friends.
Ruby worked for The State of Tennessee, Department of Human Services for 30 years from which she retired. During this time, she was blessed with two wonderful sons who were good and steadfast. William Berry Bankhead, who preceded her in death, provided Ruby with two grandsons, Benjamin and Alexander and a daughter -in-law Carol. Her youngest son, Anthony A. Bankhead walked with her and took good care of her through the end of her journey on earth.
Ruby was preceded in death by her mother and father, her sisters and brothers: Ethel
Maude White (Henry), William O'brien (Rev. Buford) Buford (Eva), Mary Elizabeth Bankhead Smith, Charles Clifford Bankhead (Allene), Shirley Jean Bankhead Andrews (Sonny), Jr. B (died in infancy), Patricia Ann Bankhead Johnson (Clarence), Jimmy Oswald Bankhead (Josephine), William Thomas Bankhead (Theresa), Joyce Faye Bankhead Thompson (Leroy).
Ruby is survived by her youngest sister Beverly Lynn Bankhead Smith (Eddie), numerous cousins and in-laws. She was a happy woman and her life has been a gift to all she shared it with.
Ruby's Nieces & Nephews:
Peggy, Freda, Priscilla, William, Holly, Dexter, Lyndon, Karen, Dureatha, Sheila, Charles, Selina, Darryl, Kevin, Valeria, Gregory, Sharla, Adrian, Clarence, Deborah, Gerard, Lisa, Deborah, Mingnon, Turner, Renee, Cheryl, Torrey, Tyrone, Deshonda, Sharon, Darlene, Cristopher, Elizabeth, and numerous other grandnieces and grandnephews.
Viewing Friday August 19, 2022, 1:00p.m.-6:30p.m. at Funeral Home. Visitaiton Saturday, 11-12 with funeral to follow at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church 1700 Heiman St. Burial at later date in Alabama.