Ruby Dean Phillips – Obituary

by Lynn McMillen
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rubyRuby Dean Phillips

Whitley Parker

Wilson, N.C.

Ruby Parker, 91, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Friday, November 1, 2013.

Funeral will be Sunday, 5 p.m., November 3, 2013, at Tabernacle Baptist Church, Wilson, followed by visitation. Interment is Monday, 11 a.m. in Maplewood Cemetery, Wilson.

Ruby was a charter member of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Wilson. She and her first husband, Joseph Edward Whitley, were active in the church, holding many positions of leadership. She was an interpreter for the deaf at Tabernacle Baptist Church and Bill Rice Ranch. Following the death of her first husband, she married Dr. Monroe Parker, and spent many years traveling the world proclaiming Christ, while representing the Baptist World Mission. She was a frequent conference speaker at many churches, sharing her story of God’s faithfulness in her life. She was a past member of the Wilson Garden Club, serving as president. She was a lifelong supporter of missionaries world-wide, Bob Jones University, and Wilson Christian Academy.

Mrs. Parker was preceded in death by her parents W.H. and Ethel Phillips; two brothers; three sisters; husbands, Joseph Edward “Ed” Whitley and John Monroe Parker; son, Joseph Edward (Joe) Whitley Jr.; and grandson, Brent Campbell McAlister.

She is survived by daughters, Carol Whitley Cox (Larry), Dianne Whitley Barnes, Beth Whitley Glover (David) and Beverly Whitley Logan; grandchildren, Renee Cox Rencher, Stephanie Joy Cox, Larry V. Cox Jr., Trey Barnes, Dave Glover Jr. (Melissa), Will Glover (Emily), Brian Glover (Spencer), Taylor Leigh Whitley and Joseph Edward (Jed) Whitley III (Nikki); stepchildren, John Parker (Rebecca) and Penny Parker; great-grandchildren, Emma, Madison, Noah, Clara, Joe, Annabelle, Grace; sister, Grace Gardner of Virginia; several grand dogs and cats.

Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to Community Home Care and Hospice, 1201 Wayne Memorial Dr, Suite C, Goldsboro, NC 27534 or to Baptist World Mission, PO Box 2149, Decatur, AL 35602.

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