ruby faye (smitherman) cox

Ruby Faye Smitherman Cox, 87, of Jonesboro, Arkansas, passed from this life on Monday, June 7, 2021, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born in Joaquin, Texas, Ruby grew up in Louisiana and was a graduate of Logansport, Louisiana High School. Ruby moved with her family to Ozark, Arkansas, in 1966, and then to Charleston where she lived most of her life before moving to Clarksville, Tennessee, and then to Jonesboro 4 years ago.

Ruby was a graduate of Arkansas Tech University in Russellville where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Accounting. She worked in public, private and manufacturing accounting before her retirement. Ruby was a member of First Baptist Church of Clarksville, Tennessee, and enjoyed working in her vegetable garden, flower gardens and maintaining a beautiful yard.

Ruby was preceded in death by her husband, Sammie Joe Cox; parents Roscoe, Sr. and Effie Mae Wyatt Smitherman; sister Anna Stanley; and brothers Roscoe Smitherman, Jr. and Sisrow Smitherman.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law: Deborah and Dr. Edwin Glassell of Memphis; son and daughter-in-law: Stephen E. and Virginia Cox of Jonesboro; 5 grandchildren and their spouses: Stephen E. and Madeline Cox, Samuel Weston Cox, Bradley C. Glassell, Dr. Brenton E. and Gail Glassell and Dr. Andrew T. and Mackenzie Glassell; and 4 great grandchildren.

A graveside funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 19, 2021, in Greenwood Cemetery at Clarksville, Tennessee, with Rev. Roger Freeman officiating with Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. There will be no visitation.
The family wishes to express deepest and most sincere Thanks to Gale Maxwell of Jonesboro who gave Ruby the greatest personal care possible in the last four years of her life. During the dark and challenging days of Covid-19, Gale was Ruby's constant friend and protector and that is genuinely appreciated by the family.

For lasting memorials, the family asks that consideration be given to the American Cancer Society, 901 N. University, Little Rock, AR 72207.

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Published by Charleston Express from Jun. 11 to Jun. 16, 2021.