Ruby Holbert Hayes

Published 3:15 pm Monday, July 12, 2010

Ruby Holbert Hayes, 88, of Saluda died Friday, July 9, 2010 at her home.

Born in Polk County, she was the daughter of the late J. S. and Roxie Johnson Holbert. She now joins her family: her late husband of 68 years, O. T. Hayes and her brothers, Russell Holbert, Rev. Joe S. Holbert and Malcomb Holbert, as well as a sister, Lula Mae Holbert Wrightson, who preceded her in death.

Ruby was a quiet and loving mother and grandmother. She was a devout Christian, and her church, Friendship Baptist, was especially dear to her heart.

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She is survived by two sons, Rev. Tom Hayes and Jeff Hayes (Jill) both of Saluda; two daughters, Elizabeth Hayes Bradley (Wayne) of Saluda and Cecilia Hayes of Hendersonville. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, Dillon Hayes, Jennifer Hayes, Angela Hayes, Akaisha Hayes, Alethea Hayes Capps, Andolyn Herndon, Sheremy Finley, Clarenda Lindsey, Milland Bradley, Laradon Pilot and Kerry Jones.&bsp; Other survivors include her sister, Ann Stewart, her brother, Willis L. Holbert and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, July 11, 2010 in Friendship Baptist Church, Saluda.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday evening, July 10, 2010 in the McFarland Funeral Chapel.

Memorials may be made to Friendship Baptist Church, P.O. Box 505, Saluda, N.C. 28773.

An on-line guest register may be signed at

McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon.