Ruby Irene Wilborn of South Boston passed away Feb. 4, 2020.

She was born in Halifax County on Nov. 29, 1937 and was 82 years of age. She was the daughter of the late Robert Harris Wilborn and the late Gaynell Lloyd Wilborn.

She was a member of Buffalo Baptist Church and attended Revelation Baptist Church. She was a strong independent woman with a heart of gold and was loved by all.

Ruby is survived by her Godson, Mark Barksdale, and wife Tammie of South Boston; Goddaughter Donna Short and husband Mark of Nathalie; sisters Margaret W. Barksdale of South Boston and Mildred Wilborn Probst of Virgilina; five special nephews David Barksdale, Mike Barksdale, Brandon Barksdale, J.E. Pulliam and Eric Short; and great nieces and nephew Brook Short, Cherokee Short and Cam Short.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond Edward Wilborn, and Harry Douglas Wilborn, her loving friend of 44 years, Robert T. Briggs, and her brother-in-law, Joe Barksdale, also preceded Ruby in death.

A funeral service will be held Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, at 2 p.m. at Powell Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Todd McClure officiating.

Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, one hour prior to the service at Powell Funeral Home.

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Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Services, South Boston.