Betty Ruth Coble was born on October 15, 1932 to the late Ruby Geater Golden and transitioned on December 21, 2021. Betty Ruth grew up in Julian, NC with her adoptive parents, the late Jim and Mable Geater Hopkins.
At the age of 14, Betty Ruth met her future husband, Clarence Coble. She was not allowed to date until she reached the age of 15. Clarence asked her to wait. And she did. They were married on September 1, 1950 and joined Oak Grove Baptist Church the next day. They celebrated their 70th anniversary this past Labor Day. Betty Ruth and Clarence used the church as their foundation for raising their children.
Betty Ruth attended Sedalia Public School. During her later years of attendance, she drove a school bus. Imagine that!
Betty Ruth worked for Gilbarco as a board repairer until she retired in 1998. She and her husband frequently worked at the same factory. Money was ‘tight’ in those days, so they shared one RC Cola and a pack of peanuts on break.
Betty Ruth enjoyed traveling with her kids and family. She was an excellent cook and housekeeper and felt it was her duty to teach her daughters and their husbands are grateful.
Over the past three years, Betty Ruth’s health began to decline. During this time her eldest granddaughter, Stefanie Coble Mabry, provided at home care for mom around the clock. We truly appreciate Stephanie for being so dedicated and for providing such great care with impeccable compassion. Because of her dedication we were able to fulfill our goal as a family to keep Mom at home. For that we are truly grateful.
Betty Ruth was preceded in death by four brothers, Richard, Paul, Roy, and Wayne Golden; and two sisters, Brenda Golden Smith and Ann Golden Smith. Those who remain to cherish her loving memory are her devoted husband, Clarence Coble; two sons, Larry Coble, and Howard Coble (Shirley); three daughters, Judy Williams (Eddie), Vanessa Williams (Terry) and Kim Henderson (Patrick); 10 grandchildren, Stefanie Coble Mabry, Brian Coble, Jason and Jared Augustus, Tonya Sample, Tony Williams, Casey Gray, John Coble, Hallie and Dylan Henderson; 9 great grandchildren, Ryan and Aaron Coble, Adrianna Williams, Jordan and AJ Sample, Josh and Peter Augustus, and Rae and Jaelen Augustus; two great-great grandchildren, Sean and Emery Coble. Other survivors include one sister, Hazel Golden; sisters-in-law, Wilma Coble, Charlotte Golden, and Alease Golden; brothers-in-law, Guy Coble and Jack Smith. She will also be missed by a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial trees be planted through www.kimesfuneralservices.com or make contributions to the American Cancer Society, or to the Women’s Fellowship at Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church.