RINGGOLD - Ruby Madaris Nichols, 85, of Pensacola, Florida passed away Friday, February 19, 2021. A resident of the Pensacola area for the past 31 years. Ruby was born and raised in Ringgold, Georgia and graduated from Ringgold High School Class of '53. Ruby travelled the world with her husband Gilbert with the US Army until he retired after 20 years of service. Ruby worked as an Optical Technician for Heineman Optical in Junction City, Kansas. Ruby also worked in the Customer Service Department at Salem Carpets in Ringgold, Georgia. Ruby was a former member of Pine Grove Baptist Church in Ringgold, Georgia and was currently attending Corry Station Naval Chapel in Pensacola, Florida. Ruby is preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert G. Nichols Sr.; father, Robert Boyce Madaris Sr.; mother, Freida Walker Madaris; sister, Robbie Mae Elder; and brother, Robert Maurice Madaris.
She is survived by her three sons, Gilbert G. Nichols Jr. (Angelina), of Central, South Carolina, Carlton L. Nichols, of Ringgold, Georgia, and Dennis L. Nichols (Gail), of Pensacola, Florida; Her brother, Robert B. Madaris Jr., of Southside, Alabama; 8 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; several cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, February 24, 2021 in the funeral home chapel with Bro. Dewayne Madaris officiating. Interment will follow at Anderson Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 5-8 P.M. Tuesday and 9 A.M. until funeral time at the funeral home. Arrangements are by Wilson Funeral Home Wallis-Stewart Chapel Ringgold, Georgia. An online register book may be signed at ww.wilsonfuneralhome.com