Ruby Gauger


Ruby Smith Gauger, 70, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. She attended the Lonewood Baptist Church of Christ. Ruby was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved to work in her garden and plant flowers. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thelman D. Gauger; brother, Arnold Smith; and her parents, Rhodes and Elizabeth Smith. Left behind to cherish her memory are her children, Betty (Lester) Riggs, Spencer, Tenn., and Stanley (Millie) Fortenberry, Dalton, Ga.; brothers, Donald L. Smith, Roy W. (Carolyn) Smith, Alvie B. Smith, and Douglas E. (Lois) Smith, all of Pikeville, Cecil E. Smith, Crossville, Tenn., Thomas (Mary) Smith, Sparta, TN., and Rex A. Smith, of North Carolina, sisters, Louise (Harold) Swafford, Crossville, Tenn., Katherine (Jeff) Woodburn, Chattanooga, Tenn., and Frances King, of North Carolina; grandchildren, Shane Riggs, Shawn Riggs, Melanie (Chris) Gibson, Tabitha (Ryan) Newton, and Tara Fortenberry; 7 great-grandchildren; and a dear friend, William Nipper of North Carolina. A Celebration of Ruby's Life will be held Friday Jan. 31, at 2 p.m. at the Lonewood Baptist Church of Christ. Services will be officiated by Bro. Cecil Vanwinkle. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. today and again on Friday, from 10 a.m. until service time at the church. Ruby will be laid to rest in the Ben Smith Cemetery in Pikeville. The pallbearers will be Rip Vanwinkle, Benny Evans, Russell Woodard, Randall Blaylock, Perry Simmons, Scott Vanwinkle and Rick Smith. Please share your thoughts and condolences with the family online at Pikeville Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

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