August 16, 1933 ~ May 5, 2019

Born in: Spartanburg, SC
Resided in: Candler, NC

Ruby Lee Cooper Williams, 85, of Candler, passed away Sunday, May 5, 2019.

Ruby was a daughter of the late L.J. “Levi” Cooper and Bessie H. Cooper. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Angela Lee Williams; brothers, Frank and James Cooper; and sister, Shirley Friel.

Ruby was a beautiful, precious person to all. She was a wonderful mother to her children, and a Girl Scout leader. She was a member of Montmorenci United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir and arranged the altar flowers. She was an expert quilter and canner.

Surviving are her husband of 69 years, Ebb C. Williams, Jr.; daughters, Yvonne Williams Kaplan (Bruce), of Easley, SC, and Donna Williams, of Candler, NC; three grandchildren, Richard Wilkey, Kimberly Owens (Dallas), and Sarah Alexander (Ron); four great-grandchildren, Wyatt Owens (Caroline), Matteo Perez, Marco Perez, and Levi Alexander; great-great grandchild, Hudson Owens; and a sister, Loree Browne.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, at Pisgah View Memorial Park, with the Rev. Karen Kurtz officiating.

Flowers are appreciated, or memorials may be made to Montmorenci United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 610, Candler, NC 28715.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is assisting the family.


Graveside Service: May 11, 2019 2:00 pm

Pisgah View Memorial Park
1529 Smoky Park Highway
Candler, NC 28715


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  1. Dear Yvonne and Donna,

    I was looking up another name in the Groce Funeral Home obituaries, and saw that your mother passed away today. I offer you both, as well as your father, my deepest sympathy. I have fond memories of your mother. She truly was a lovely lady. I pray for all of your family “the peace which passeth all understanding” as you mourn her loss.


    Janet Mallonee Baker

  2. Ruby was a loving Aunt. She will be dearly missed. Our deepest consolences. We love you all.

  3. Donna and family, so sorry for your loss. Will keep you in my heart and prayers. She was a beautiful sweet woman and I was blessed to have called her my friend….

  4. Papa, Mother and Aunt Donna, what a great ride it’s been! I’ll NEVER forget the summer’s and all the wonderful time’s I had with Nina growing up! I wouldn’t be half the man I am without each of you! God bless you during this difficult time, I love ALL of you very much!

  5. Donna, our deepest sympathy to you and the family in the loss of your precious mother. May God’s peace comfort and sustain you during this sad time.

  6. Yvonne, So sorry, I know you must be heart broken! You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you and your family!

  7. Dear Williams family, I was so sorry to hear that Ruby had passed away. She was one of the dearest and sweetest ladies I knew from my early years at Montmorenci Methodist Church! There was always a beautiful smile on her face. She is yet another one of the great ladies from Montmorenci who had such a profound effect on my life. May God Bless all of you during this sad time!

  8. Dear Williams Family, I was so saddened to hear that Ruby had passed away. She was one of the dearest and sweetest ladies I knew in my early years at Montmorenci Methodist Church. She always had a beautiful smile on her face. She is yet another one of the ladies from Montmorenci who had a profound effect on my life and she will be truly missed. God Bless your family during this sad time.

  9. Ebb, Donna, Yvonne,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Ruby was my other Mother while I was in high school. I love this women dearly.
    She always had a big beautiful smile. Such a kind heart and loving person. May God’s Grace surround you and hold you close in this time of loss. I love you all very much .

  10. I’m so sorry for your loss. It has been many years since I was in your home, but I always enjoyed those visits with my mother, Gertrude Calvert, and grandmother, Clara Strong. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  11. Yvonne, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. I will be keeping you and your family in my prayers.

  12. For many, many years Ruby was a great friend to my parents, Eleanor and Charles Rice. In later years she faithfully called to see how Eleanor was doing. Please know that we’re “holding the family in the Light” at this time.

  13. Aunt Ruby was always a very kind, selfless person. She will be missed sorely by her friends and family.

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