We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Ludlam Funeral Home
Ruby Lee Highland Walker Stanford Brown passed away peacefully at her home May 15, 2022. She attended Central School and retired from Genesco Shoe Company. Ruby was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She, along with her talented sisters were known for their ability to do alterations and sew any item of fabric from cheerleading outfits to formal wear, curtains, dresses and even men’s suits. She also loved sewing for her grandchildren when they were young. Ruby enjoyed gospel music and taught herself to play the Q-chord to accompany her singing. She and her sisters, known as the Highland Sisters, enjoyed singing at church and family gatherings. Ruby later entertained her family, hospice caregivers and visitors when they stopped by for a visit.
Ruby lived with a servant’s heart and was always eager to help her neighbors. Likewise, her neighbors in MS and AL returned her kindness on numerous occasions. She was committed to her Christian faith and shared her love of Christ throughout her life. One notable ministry she enjoyed was making weatherproof mats and pillows for the homeless. She, along with her special friends Joe and Charlotte Hayes spent many hours weaving plastic bags, then donating the fruits of their labor to various homeless shelters.
Ruby loved her grandchildren and spent their childhoods doting over them through handmade and yard sale items, trips, picnics and too many sleepovers to count. Other children were also drawn to her and have returned as adults to share their memories of visiting her farm and learning to milk cows, gather eggs, feed the animals, and even make butter.
She is survived by her son, William Walker (Debbie); grandchildren, Jesse Walker and Caroline Evans (Dailey); great grandchildren, Paige Walker and Beckett Walker; step children, Edna Workman (Charles), Faye McKissick (Billy), Kaye Lovelace, Linda Logan, and Jackie Balentine; step grandchildren, Charley Workman (Kim), Mac Lovelace, Jeremy Lovelace (Kristi), LeighAnn Rutledge, Nathan Balentine, and Ken Balentine; sisters, Betty Quillen and Ann Wiley; numerous nieces, nephews and step grandchildren and special friends Janet Cunningham, Lana Hayes, and Nancy Parker. She was preceded in death by her father, Saul Highland; mother, Lonie Highland Dickson; stepfather, Rube Dickson; husbands, Boyd Walker, Richard Stanford, Horace Brown; brothers, James Highland, Porter Highland, and William Highland; sisters, Pearl Barrett, Emer White, Christine Cooper, Mary Coggins; son, Jimmy Walker; stepdaughter, Mary Walker. Visitation will be Friday, May 20, 2022, at Ludlam Funeral Home, Iuka, MS beginning at 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Following will be a graveside service at Camp Ground Cemetery with Bro. Carl Cunningham officiating. Pallbearers include Ken Balentine, Nathan Balentine, and Jesse Walker. The family is forever grateful to Ruby’s Kindred Hospice Care team, especially Lindsey, Hannah, Laken, Roger, Karissa, Dr. Glynn, Angela and Kristen. Ludlam Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Ruby Lee Highland Walker Stanford Brown. You may leave online condolences to the family at www.ludlamfuneralhome.com