Ruby Best Dunn was called home on August 21st at Wilson Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. She was born January 20,1943 in Edgecombe County to Hugh Elroy Best Jr. and Emma Sue Harrell Best.
Ruby, or as she was known, Miss Ruby, Aunt Ruby, Grandma or my favorite, Mama was first and foremost a people person. She could find the good in any person and any situation no matter what and was a constant inspiration to all who knew her. She loved her family fiercely and was constantly taking care of and protecting them. She had a love of the outdoors, was a definite sun worshiper and loved to work in her yard. She will be forever remembered as a sympathetic ear for anyone who had troubles as well as an enthusiastic cheerleader for anyone who needed a boost in tough times. In short, Ruby was a bright shining light on this Earth that attracted everyone to her, she was one of a kind and was the best mother and friend my sister and I could have hoped for. If you had the pleasure of being a guest in her home, you would always feel welcome and be offered a cup of coffee and you definitely would not leave hungry.
Ruby was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters, Pattie Jo Best and Glanor Best Harrell; her brother Hugh Elroy (Butch) Best III; her grand-nephew Brandon Murphy; and her husband Ronald Leon (Wiggie) Dunn.
She leaves to cherish the wonderful memory of her life her daughter, Marion Sue (Susie) Blackburn, son Raymond Scott Braddy, son-in-law Jimmy Ray Blackburn, daughter-in-law Melinda Heafner Braddy, and her 3 grandchildren that she loved so dearly, Megan Braddy Wooten (Chris), Tyler Scott Braddy (Christopher) and Miranda Rae Blackburn Brown (Eric), nieces Paula Harrell Murphy and Emmy Jo Harrell, grand-nephew Stuart Murphy and Jaden Harrell, as well as her precious great-grandson Carter Ray Brown, and her special friend Billy (Fuzzy) Holland.
Ruby had a special affinity for her canine companions and she had 2 that stood apart from the rest. Sentry was a family member just like we were and I am certain he was standing by Wiggie's side to meet her when she crossed over, just as I am certain that Sailor, her companion after she lost Wiggie and Sentry, was right there with them and they are all happily rejoicing now.
A celebration of Ruby's life will be held at 3:00pm Sunday, August 25th at First Baptist Church in Tarboro NC, with visitation with the family from 2-3 pm at the church.
The family will also receive friends and relatives on Saturday August 24th from 12:00pm to 5:00pm at Ruby's home in Tarboro NC.