November 22, 1931 ~ June 6, 2019

Born in: Madison Co., NC
Resided in: Catawba, SC

Ruth Wood Ownbey, 87, formerly of Asheville, died on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at the Piedmont Medical Center, in Rock Hill, SC.

A native of Madison Co., Ruth was a daughter of the late Henry Clinton and Nellie Mae Long Wood. She was also preceded in death by her husband, William Roy Ownbey; son, George Ownbey, Sr.; and great-granddaughter, Emily.

First and foremost, Ruth was a Christian. Her favorite scripture was Psalm 23. She enjoyed her life, spending time with friends and family. She enjoyed traveling, but also loved spending time at her home in the North Carolina mountains. In her spare time, Ruth loved watching “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy,” drinking her coffee, and making her way through a good puzzle book.

Mrs. Ownbey is survived by her granddaughters, Annie Ownbey Brakefield and Heather Ownbey; grandson, Wayne Ownbey; eight great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

The funeral service for will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday at the Groce Funeral Home chapel on Patton Ave. The Rev. Randy Wood will officiate. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Her family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.


Visitation: June 11, 2019 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Funeral Service: June 11, 2019 11:00 am

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Burial: June 11, 2019 12:00 pm

Forest Lawn Memorial Park
1498 Sand Hill Road
Candler, NC 28715


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  1. Our deepest sympathy to the family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. The salvation provided by our Lord Jesus Christ will provide peace during this time knowing that Ruth is with our savior.
    Love always, Don and Kathy

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. May God comfort your mourning hearts. I pray that you find comfort in Revelation 21:3-5. This scripture paints a picture of a world that is very different from what we see today. A world with no more sickness, pain or death…and it is not a dream, it is a promise from God. He promises to reverse the effects of death and resurrect your precious Ruth. You will never have to say a painful goodbye ever again!

  3. I will always be grateful for Grandma Ruth. When my wife and I were newly married, we won tickets to the 96 Olympics in Atlanta to see the Dream Team play. Times were tough and we really needed the getaway but the only transportation we had was our old jalopy. Sure enough, it broke down in Atlanta leaving us stranded and penniless hundreds of miles from home. Grandma Ruth (my brother-in-law’s grandmother) made arrangements for us to spend the night at her friend’s house and then drove from NC to Atlanta to pick us up and bring us back to Waxhaw where we lived. She was a kind, selfless and generous person with a great sense of humor and we laughed most of the way home.

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