Rubye Turner, 99

Published 2:59 pm Tuesday, March 22, 2011

MARCH 22 – Rubye Hartwell Roberts Turner, 99, passed away on Friday, March 18, 2011. She was born on September 27, 1911 in Nelson County. She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, James Walker Turner Jr., who died in 1987.

Mrs. Turner spent most of her life in Arvonia in Buckingham County. She was a retired postmaster with 40 years of postal service. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Fork Union Chapter #111 for the past 65 years. She also belonged to the Association of Retired Postmasters. She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Bremo Bluff.

Mrs. Turner was a loving wife, wonderful mother and grandmother, who had a great capacity to love and always took care of her family. She was known for her warmth and her wit. She eagerly looked forward to her 100-year-old birthday. She lived six months of her 100th year.

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She is survived by a daughter, Patricia Gibbons and husband, Wayne of Spotsylvania; daughter, Brenda Brinkley of Sevierville, TN; three grandchildren, Stephanie Oldham and husband, Ken, who are currently stationed in Germany, Bradley Gibbons and wife, Lauren of Midlothian, and Kasey Watkins of Pigeon Forge, TN; five great-grandchildren, Connor Oldham, Ryan Oldham, Shannon Oldham, Destiny Watkins and Chelsey Watkins. Her sixth great-grandchild is due in May. Mrs. Turner is also survived by one sister, Lucille Phelps of Richmond; two sisters-in-law, Frances Roberts and Lillian Roberts both of Newport News; 13 nieces and nephews; 22 great-nieces and nephews; 10 great-great nieces and nephews, several cousins and many, many friends.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 22, (tonight) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Dunkum Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held Wednesday, March 23, at 11 a.m. at Grace Episcopal Church in Bremo Bluff with interment in the church cemetery. A reception will follow in the parish house.

Dunkum Funeral Home, Dillwyn, is serving the family.