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Ruby C. Wagner, age 99, passed away Tuesday, December 9, 2014 in Ivy Hall Nursing Home in Elizabethton, TN. She was born June 9, 1915 in Old Butler to the late Walt and Etta Crosswhite Griffey. She was a native of Old Butler and attended The Watauga Academy. Ruby was the widow of Daniel Wilburn Wagner. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased in death by her son: Rondal “Bud” Wagner; daughter: Shirley Wagner Dugger; two grandchildren: Michael Dugger and Brenda Dugger Bell; her sisters: Ruth, Chastine and Georgia Lee; brother: Haskell Griffey; daughters-in-law: Gerldine Dugger Wagner and Christine Fletcher Wagner; and son-in-law: Bill Dugger.
Ruby was a member of Midway Baptist Church and loved to work outside in her flower garden. She had many friends and was loved by everyone. Ruby could always tell a good story and would have everyone laughing. She will be greatly missed by family and friends.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Jonathan Bremer and the staff of Ivy Hall Nursing Home.
Survivors include three sons: Bob Wagner and wife Carolyn of Bluffton, SC; Jess Wagner of Shady Valley, TN and Bill Wagner and wife Linda of Icard, NC; one daughter: Connie Wagner Sluder and husband Burl of Elizabethton, TN; twelve grandchildren: Robin Wagner Lunceford and husband Wayne, Sharon Dugger Paul and husband Phillip, Johnny Dugger, Jimmy Dugger, Todd Wagner and wife Jeannette, Tammy Wagner Mellott and husband Jim, Tracy Wagner Jones and husband Mark, Melissa Wagner McClain and husband Todd, Elizabeth Sluder, Teresa Sluder Singleton and husband Randy, DeAnna Wagner Kinney and husband Joe, and David Wagner and wife Robin; twenty-two great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren; special niece, Hazel Wagner Campbell and special nephew Edwin Sprawls. She is also survived by many friends including special friends Margaret Roberts, Lorene Tester and Charlene Laws.
Funeral services were conducted at 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 12, 2014 from the Charles B. Hux Memorial Chapel of Hux-Lipford Funeral Home with Pastor. Greg Thompson and Rev. Burl Sluder officiating. The family received friends from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. prior to the funeral service. Graveside service and interment were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 13, 2014 in Rock Springs Baptist Church Cemetery. Active pallbearers were grandsons and friends. Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Bradley, Larry Grindstaff, Steve Tester and Junior Potter.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Johnson County Rescue Squad, 203 Vandilla Street, Mountain City, TN 37683 or to the Johnson County Cancer Support Group, %Flo Bellamy, 3510 Hwy 421 N, Mountain City, TN 37683.
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Professional services for the Wagner family are in the care of Hux-Lipford Funeral Home.