April 4, 2002
(2/11/05 - 3/31/2002)
Ruby Juanita Dunlap Black, a lifelong resident of Scotland County, MO, passed away on March 31, 2002, at the Scotland County Care Center at the age of 97 years. She had been in deteriorating health for several weeks prior to being called to heaven by her Lord.
Ruby was born on February 11, 1905, in Scotland County, MO, the second oldest daughter of Isom Thorpe Dunlap and Clarenda Theodocia Williams Dunlap.
She graduated from Memphis High School, attended Hannibal LaGrange College and taught in the public schools of the county before marriage and starting a family.
She married Adrian Crawford Black on May 15, 1926, and they established and maintained a farming enterprise in the Old Miller School community until moving to Memphis in 1971.
Baptized into the Christian Church at an early age she was an active member of the McAdow Presbyterian Church and the First Presbyterian Church of Memphis until her health curtailed her activities. She worked diligently to help with community projects and to aid friends and family in need. She spent many hours crocheting afghans for family and friends. Her family was her pride and joy in life and she responded faithfully to the roles of mother, grandmother, and great-grand-mother.
She is survived by her son, Chester Dunlap Black and daughter-in-law, Lucy Black of Raleigh, NC; her daughter, Adrianna Jean Briggs and son-in-law, Gary Briggs of Memphis, MO; six grandchildren, Linda Kay Black of Raleigh, NC, Kevin Lee Black and Betty of Los Alamitos, CA, Ronald Bruce Black and Tammy of Winston Salem, NC, Deborah Jo Abbot and Von of Kirksville, MO, Susan Rae Briggs of Houston, TX, and Gary David Briggs of Kirksville, MO; seven great-grandchildren, Stephen Abbott, Justin Abbott, James Black, Victoria Black, William Vaughn, Thomas Black and Adrian Black; and one sister, Ica Mae Fulk of Memphis, MO.
Ruby was preceded in death by her husband, Adrian; her parents; and two sisters, Edna Frances Marsh and Imogene Peterson.
The family has suggested memorials be made to The First Presbyterian Church or the Scotland County Care Center.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at 2:00 p.m. at The First Presbyterian Church, Memphis, MO, with the Rev. Charles McCracken officiating. Musicians will be Harlo Donelson, soloist, and Vera Monroe, organist. Body bearers will be Joe Tom Walker, Richard Briggs, Roy Monroe, Franklin Reed, Norris Gaffney, and Larry Fulk. Interment will be in the Memphis Cemetery, Memphis, MO. Arrangements were handled by the Payne Funeral Chapel, Memphis, MO.