Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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September 8, 2012

Ruby Davidson Earls

BLUEFIELD — Ruby Davidson Earls, 68, was a direct descendant of the Davidson's that once owned all the land that the city of Bluefield was built on, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at Bluefield Regional Medical Center. Born May 12, 1944, in Bluefield, she was the daughter of Joe P. Davidson and the late Virginia Wagner Davidson.

Ruby graduated from Bluefield High School class of ‘62 and a graduate of WV Business College. She first worked at Bluefield Supply Co. & Dixie Appliance. She was CO-owner of Castle Hobby & Video with her husband Fred Earls for several years. She then worked for Engine Machinery, Andy Clark Ford, and DS Parts. Her last place of employment was Cole Chevrolet from where she retired. After retirement she became an avid E-Bayer-yardsaler, and frequent auction attendee.  

She was a designer/seamstress and loved anything to do with arts & crafts, working with wood, building dollhouses etc. She never knew a stranger, had a great sense of humor, and always had the right words to say to someone who needed a little encouragement in their lives. She loved her family dearly, and always enjoyed helping her father tend to his garden and managing his beehives. She supported everything that her two sons were involved in, from helping John hold a wrench while repairing a car to being a roadie at one of Joe's concerts. She also enjoyed immensely being a part of her two granddaughters lives.

She was preceded in death by her husband Fred Earls, her mother Virginia Wagner Davidson, her grandparents Floyd E. and Thelma Wagner of Pocahontas, Va., her paternal grandparents Joseph P. Davidson and Ruby Suiter Davidson, Uncles Floyd and Rand Wagner, and Uncle Suiter Davidson.

 She was survived by two sons John Joseph (Joe) Earls and John Frederick Earls III, her best friend and father Joe P. Davidson, two granddaughters Sidney and Kendra Earls and her uncle J.B. Wagner of Wytheville, Va., honorary family member Isaac (Ike) Dillard and several cousins. Last but not least, her two little beloved dachshund dogs Deuce and Punkin.

Visitation will be held Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. at Mercer Funeral Home with a Graveside service following at 3:00 p.m. at the Mausoleum Chapel of Roselawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Princeton with the former pastor of First United Methodist Church, Dr. Don Scott, minister of pastoral care and Dr. Brad Scott pastor of First United Methodist Church which Ruby had been a member of for many years. Serving as pallbearers, Scott Adkins, Steve Cooke, Anthony Graham, Ron Hooker, Bruce Miller, Mark Miller, Doug McDaniel, David Watson, honorary pallbearer and lifetime childhood friend Harry Wright.

Those attending services are asked to meet at Mercer Funeral Home by 2:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made in her memory to: ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association, Inc., P.O. Box 1545, New York, NY 10159-1545. Toll- free: 877-588-7904.  or The First United Methodist Church, 200 College Ave., Bluefield, VA 24605.

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Mercer Funeral Home & Crematory of Bluefield is serving the family of Ruby Earls.

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