Ruby Simerly Harmon, 88, Elizabethton, went home to be with her Lord Tuesday, June 18, 2013, in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
A native of Carter County, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Nancy Arrowood Simerly. Ruby was involved in several local businesses during the years.
She was a member of the Sycamore Chapter # 163, Order of Eastern Star, The Gold Star Wives, a member of the D.A.V. Auxiliary. She was Foster Mother of the year having fostered more than 34 daughters. Ruby was a member of the Valley Forge Free Will Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband: Allen Harmon, in 1976; a grandson: Craig Lanthorn, in 1994; and brothers: Howard Simerly, Rady Simerly and Worley Simerly; and Sisters: Florence Smith, Grace Arnett and Ethel Jenkins.
Survivors include Two Daughters: Nancy Lanthorn, Johnson City, and Roma Cowan and husband, Tom, Elizabethton; A Grandson: Schuyler Cowan, Elizabethton; Her Granddaughters: Gabi Cowan and husband, Joe Saus, Annandale, Virginia, Heather Jones and husband, Shaw, Los Angeles, California; Great Granddaughter: Emmy Lanthorn, Johnson City; and Great Grandson: Win Jones, Los Angeles; Brother-in-Law: Bill Harmon and wife, Ann, Ravenna, Ohio; A Sister-In-Law; Louise “Bobbie” Simerly, Knoxville; A Brother-In-Law: Clay Atwood, Elizabethton; Several Nieces & Nephews; Her special friends: Herbie & Leona Ritchie, Sarah Turnbull, Carl & Linda Roberson, Ben Johnson, Sharon Story, Nancy Smith, Tina Smith, Pauline McKinney, Janice Honeycutt and Holly Wiseman, Linda Wiseman, Larry & Linda Abel and Sue Farthing, Troy Wagner and all her care givers.
Funeral Services will be conducted at 12 Noon Friday, June 21, 2013, in the Valley Forge Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. Randy Johnson and Rev. Mark Potter and Mr. Carl Roberson officiating.
Interment will follow in the Simerly Cemetery. Active Pallbearers will be Deacons of the Church. Music will be provided by Loren Harris and the Church Singers. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Merle and Geraldine Wagner, Leona & Herbie Rich, Mary Harrison, Bob & Coleen Bowling, Bendetta Widener & Bud, all of her church family.
The family would like to express a special “Thank You” to the Hermitage Health Care, Caris Hospice, Dr. David Fenner, Dr. Jeff Farrow, Dr. Charles Cole and Dr. Robert Walter.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 12 Noon Friday in the Valley Forge Free Will Baptist Church. Friends may also visit with the family and her residence.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge.