Ruby Easley, Greeleyville

  • Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Ruby Easley, Greeleyville - Funeral services for Mrs. Ruby Pendergrass Easley, conducted by the Rev. Victor Scott, the Rev. Fred Addison, and the Rev. Richard Addison, were held Saturday, August 23, 2014, at Trinity Missionary Baptist Church of Greeleyville. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at Easley Family Cemetery of Greeleyville.

Mrs. Easley died Thursday, August 14, 2014. She was born January 16, 1922, in Clarendon County, the daughter of the late Rev. Benjamin and Mary Pendergrass. She attended the public schools in Clarendon County, and later in Greeleyville. She was married to the late David Easley. She was a church and community servant. In the early 1940s she was privileged to meet Mary McLeod Bethune and President Roosevelt in Wilmington, North Carolina. She took her youngest son to meet and listen to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speak in the 1960s. During the 1960s, she also met the Rev. Jesse Jackson in Columbia. She was a member of the Pride of Foreston Order of Eastern Star #131. She received a plaque for being a faithful member and a certificate of appreciation recognizing her 50 years of membership. She was a member of Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, where she served as Sunday School Teacher, Choir Member, and Missionary President. In recognition of her lifelong service contributions to the City of Greeleyville and the state of South Carolina, she received a plaque from the South Carolina House of Representatives, recognizing her service as a model citizen who is regarded with respect and reverence by everyone who knows and loves her. She received a South Carolina Flag with this recognition, which was flown over the State Capital Building in Columbia in her honor. A son, Marion David Easley, and a sister, Clara Pendergrass, preceded her in death.

Survivors are: two sons, George Easley of Sanford, Florida; and Jesse Easley of Atlanta, Georgia; eight daughters: Alice Easley of New York, New York; Barbara Mellix (Leroy) and Ruby Holmes, both of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Sarah Easley of Columbia; Ruth Green (Herman) of Tampa, Florida; Jerolyn Free of Kennesaw, Georgia; Jacquelyn Easley of Kingstree; and Sharon Williams (Leroy) of Winnsboro; 24 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren.

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