May 9, 1926 ~ September 14, 2020

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Ruby Lee Baldwin Whitaker, 94, of Asheville, passed away Monday, September 14, 2020.

A native of Buncombe County, she was a daughter of the late George and Dessie Hare Baldwin. She was also preceded in death by her loving husband, Roland Edgar Whitaker, who passed away in 2016; one son, David E. Whitaker and two brothers, Richard Baldwin and George H. Baldwin Jr.

Ruby worked in the accounting department at Gerber for more than 20 years. She was a member of Yellow Hill Baptist Church in Cherokee, where her husband Roland served as Pastor for 23 years. She will be forever cherished and remembered as a loving mother and Mamaw to her family.

Ruby is survived by two daughters, Wanda Penland and Teresa Hudson; four grandchildren, Seth Whitaker, Rebecca Penland, Kevin Hudson and Courtney Hudson Smith; five great-grandchildren and one sister, Genell Ertzberger.

A Graveside Service will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at Calvary Churchyard with Chaplain Wilson Bishop officiating.

Flowers are appreciated, but for those who choose, memorial donations may be made in Ruby’s name to Gideons International ( or 866-382-4253.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.


Graveside Service: September 19, 2020 10:00 am

Calvary Episcopal Churchyard
Hendersonville Road
Fletcher, NC 28732


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Ruby Baldwin Whitaker's name.

Gideons International


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  1. So sorry to hear of Ruby’s passing. Some of the best time of my youth was spent with Roland and Ruby, Wanda, David, and Teresa Ann. There has always been a special place in my heart for them. Praying for comfort for her family.


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