Ruby (Kilby) Melton

Born: Tue., Feb. 29, 1916
Died: Thu., Jul. 31, 2014


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sat., Aug. 02, 2014
Location: Washburn & Dorsey Funeral and Cremation Service

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sun., Aug. 03, 2014
Location: Golden Valley United Methodist Church

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Mrs. Ruby Kilby Melton, 98, of Bostic, passed away peacefully Thursday morning, July 31, 2014 at Henderson Care Center in Forest City.
Ruby was born February 29, 1916 in North Wilkesboro to Grace Jones Kilby and Thomas Gaither Kilby, the third of seven children. She graduated from North Wilkesboro High School in 1934 and worked thereafter in retail, including J.C. Penney, for a number of years. While there, she met her future husband, Frank Melton, through an arrangement with a mutual friend. She and Frank spent their married life on his family farm in Golden Valley After Frank's death in 2000, Ruby continued living on the farm for a short time before making her home with Joyce and Floyd Jones in Bostic, who lovingly cared for her until the last few months of her life, when she moved to Henderson Care Center. Though her time there was short, she enjoyed many new friendships.
In addition to her her husband Frank, and her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings Conrad Kilby, Gwyn Kilby, Sr., Tommy Kilby, Mabel "Bit" Atkins, Fannie Ruth "Specs" Foster, and nephews Tommy Melton and Steve Newton.
She is survived by her sister, Thelma Redman of Eden, NC; nieces Martha Simpson of Winston-Salem, NC, Penny Rose of Ahoskie,NC, Chris Wilson of Clover, SC; and nephews Michael Redman of Eden, Gwyn Kilby, Jr., of North Wilkesboro, Keith Kilby and Steve Kilby, both of Asheboro, NC, Don Melton of Bostic, and Mike Melton of Terrell, NC. Survivors also include sisters-in-law Dorothy Newton of Bostic and Ruth Brownlow Kilby of Asheboro, and very special friends Joyce and Floyd Jones, and their children of Bostic.
Ruby lived a long and happy  life, adapting and embracing farm life eagerly after early life in the city. She treasured her countless friends and was very active in the in the community as well as Golden Valley United Methodist Church until her last days.
Celebrations of Ruby's life will include Visitation from 5pm until 7 pm Saturday, August 2, 2014  at Washburn & Dorsey Funeral and Cremation Service in Bostic, and the Funeral Service will be conducted at 2:00 pm Sunday, August 3, 2014 at Golden Valley United Methodist Church, led by Rev. Linda Stack-Morgan, Pastor of Golden Valley United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers are Johnny McCurry, Mike Melton, Don Melton, Ron Hudson, Charlie Simpson, and Matthew McCurry.
The family wishes to honor and extend deep gratitude to Joyce and Floyd Jones and their family, Ruby's adopted family, for many years of love and devotion to Ruby.
Flowers are appreciated, however memorials to her beloved church are preferred, directed to Golden Valley United Methodist Church, PO Box 460, Bostic, NC 28018.
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Emily & Don Sisk
   Posted Thu July 31, 2014
To Don and Mike Melton and family: You all are in our thoughts and prayers. "Aunt Ruby" was such a special lady and will be missed. We know she is doing much better now at the feet of Jesus! We love you all...

Gloria Stroud Petros
   Posted Sun August 03, 2014
My sincere condolences to the family. Ruby was a very special cousin of my mother. I remember seeing her often at JC Penney and when we would visit Aunt Grace. In deepest sympathy, Gloria Stroud Petros

Cathy Hollifield
   Posted Mon August 04, 2014
Ruby was one of the kindness and sweetest ladies I have ever met. She
was my Sunday School teacher for many years at Golden Valley UMC. She
was an inspiration to all of us at Golden Valley. My sympathy to all of the family.

Deb Toney
   Posted Mon August 04, 2014
I have many wonderful memories of Ruby, growing up at Golden Valley UMC. She always greeting me with smiles and hugs of love! I remember her Christmas gifts of canned goodies to our family. Her life was a blessing to me!

Roxanne Downey
   Posted Thu August 07, 2014
Mrs. Ruby you will be much missed. Through the months that you were at Henderson Care I had the opportunity to get to know you and so loved being around you. I hated that I had to leave the facility. Seeing your smiling face always made my day go much smoother. I will keep your family in my prayers as I know that God received a special angel when he called you home.

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