Ruby Ellen Autry Childers
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Mrs. Ruby Ellen Autry Childers of Ashland, MS died June 27, 2022. Ruby was born March 15, 1933 to Will and Molly Autry. She was the wife of James Rubel Childers. She served in support of her husband for almost 30 years in the United States Air Force. As a young wife and mother, Ruby started her own Beauty Salon in the Western Hills Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas. After retiring from the Air Force, they returned to their home in Ashland. Ruby then enrolled at Blue Mountain College and achieved an education degree. She taught Special Education in Benton County Schools for many years.
Ruby loved to cook large dinners for her family and loved decorating her home. She was a wonderful sister, wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, and friend to everyone in her life.
Her Service was on Saturday, July 2, 2022 at McBride Funeral Home in Ripley, MS. Interment was at the Liberty Methodist Church Cemetery in Benton County, MS.
Survivors include daughter Karen Hardin of Ripley, MS.; son Kevin Childers (Melody) of Ashland, MS; granddaughters Shannon Goolsby of Ripley, MS: Mollie Smith of Ripley, MS; Kristin Pollard of Grove City, OH, Kelly Costanzo of Temecula, CA and grandson Nathaniel Childers of Ashland, MS: She is also survived by six great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband James Rubel Childers and son Craig Childers; and by five sisters Nannie Mae Coleman; Mary Liles; Pauline Smith; Mary Nan Thompson and Betty Graves; and 5 brothers Authur McMullen; Arnold McMullen; Gene McMullen; Billy McMullen; and James Autry.
Bro. Tommy Mitchell officiated. The pallbearers were: Chris McMullen, Michael Autry, John Autry, Jared Bryant, Tommy McMullen, Theodore Hardin. Honorary Pallbearer: Arnie McMullen.
Arrangements by: McBride Funeral Home, Inc., Ripley, MS