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Ruby Aline (Hickox) Rhodes

August 5, 1930 ~ March 14, 2023 (age 92) 92 Years Old

Ruby Rhodes Obituary

Ruby Hickox Rhodes, 92, passed away peacefully at her new home in South Carolina on March 14, 2023.  Originally from Blackshear, GA, she later moved to Florida, as an adult, where she raised four children and later became a grandmother and eventually a great-grandmother.

Ruby was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She led the family with her strong faith and love for Jesus which was evident in her daily life.  She was kind, caring and compassionate and would help any person or animal in need.  She enjoyed music, dancing, gardening, movies and doing puzzles; but, her favorite activity definitely was spending time and making memories with her grandchildren.  We will miss her kind spirit; her positive, happy personality; her comforting and encouraging hugs; her fabulous sense of humor and wonderful belly laughs; and so much more!

Ruby Aline Hickox was born on August 5, 1930, to William Walter & Ida Belle Altman Hickox.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Milton O. Rhodes; her daughter, Donna Lissie Shanks; and her eight siblings: Mollie Elizabeth Hickox, Macy Colisty Hickox, William Hyson Hickox, Wilma M. O’Quin, Leroy Eugene Hickox, Lissie Belle Carley, Arnie Wilson Hickox, and Wilbur Vernon Hickox.

She is survived by two daughters, one son and one daughter-in-law, Deborah C. Shanks of Little River, SC; Renae M. Dowling of Little River, SC; and Ed Klein III & Patsy Klein of Crawfordville, FL; six grandchildren, Lauren Alene, Collin Reid, Brooke Lynnae, Ashton Riley, Nicole Kathleen and Eddie Klein IV; four great-grandchildren, Tyler, Jayla, Brody and Lucious; a sister-in-law, Lenora Rath of Jacksonville Beach, FL; nephews, Darrell Merculieff (wife-Shirley) of Ocala, FL and Roy Hickox of Hortense, GA ; nieces Sharon Cellemme of Powder Springs, GA and Freida Jacobs of Waynesboro, GA ; and numerous cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning, March 22, 2023, at 10:00am at Ocean Park Baptist Church, 402 16th Ave. South, Jacksonville Beach, FL.  Pastor Chris Partyka will be officiating.  Following the service, the family will travel to the Pearson Dial Funeral Home, located at 659 Main Street in Blackshear, GA, to hold a Visitation/Viewing from 3:00pm-4:00pm on Wednesday, March 22, 2023, for our family and friends that live in Georgia.  Interment will be at High Bluff Cemetery.

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Funeral Service
March 22, 2023

10:00 AM
Ocean Park Baptist Church
402 16th Ave. S
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

March 22, 2023

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home
659 Main Street
Blackshear, GA 31516


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