Ruby Ellerbe

1921 ~ 2018 (age 97)

“I will lift up my eyes to the hills from whence comes my help?  My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” 

                                                                                                                                                                   Psalm 121:1-2

Mrs. Ruby Lee Ellerbe was born to the late Joe and the late Katie Bell Williams on October 4, 1921.


Mrs. Ruby Lee received her formal education from Dunbar High School in Bennettsville, South Carolina. 


Mrs. Ruby Lee accepted Christ at an early age and became a member of the Macedonia Baptist Church, Bennettsville, South Carolina.  She served faithfully on the United Voices Choir (Macedonia Baptist Church Senior Choir) and the Macedonia Missionary Ministry.


 Mrs. Ruby Lee was married to the late Julius Ellerbe.  She was preceded in death by her son Julius Ellerbe, Jr.  


Mrs. Ruby Lee was very active in her community.  She loved visiting the elderly and sharing her wisdom with the youth.  She especially enjoyed cooking home cooked meals for her family and friends, her specialty “The Jelly Cake.”


Mrs. Ruby Lee was an active member of the United Christian Sisterhood of Lake View, SC.  She was also a long time member of the St. Mark Chapter #57 Order of the Eastern Star


Mrs. Ruby Lee leaves to cherish fond memoriesFour devoted daughters Elouise Garrett and Mary Strickland both of Lake View, SC – Nettie Ellerbe of Bronx, NY and Hattie Mae Jones of Columbia, SC – Two loving sons Fred Ellerbe of Brooklyn, NY and Ronald (Corine) Wannamaker of Dillon, SC – (Mrs. Ruby Lee also mothered many children in her family and community.) One faithful sister Katie Faye McNeil of High Point, NC and One loyal sister-in-law Rufer “Duncan” Hickman Jones of Atlanta, GA.  – Four dedicated grandchildren Keshia (Billy Ray) Rogers, Janel (Antonio) Vaught, Julius Garrett, and Kim Bethea – And a host of great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, family, and friends. 

“I Miss You”

My mind knows that you are in a better place, where there is no pain.  You are at peace.  I understand that!   I just wish I could explain it to my heart. There is an empty space where nothing will ever fill. I grieve, but I know my tears are for me.  We will be together again.  Until then, my love will always be with you.

Your loving grand-daughter

                                                               Kim Bethea 

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