Ruby Lee Hamilton-Reynolds was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on December 7, 1955—the fourth of five children to the late Bessie Davis Hamilton and the late Nezzie Hamilton. Ruby triumphantly laid down her cross for a crown of eternal life, as she transitioned from labour to reward on Thursday, February 4, 2021. Ruby, at an early age, accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and was baptized at the Woodland Park Church of Christ, in Birmingham, Alabama. She remained faithful until her transition while hospitalized fighting COVID-19. At church, Ruby served in the Health ministry and as theCoordinator of Food Services for church functions. When the church built its current edifice, Ruby was instrumental in the design of the kitchen facilities and served as the lead food services consultant for the church’s newly established Day Care Center.
Ruby was an outstanding student and graduated from Washington Elementary School and went on to attend and graduate from A.H. Parker High School in May of 1974. She was well-liked by her teachers; respected by her peers and involved in various school activities. Ruby, with her radiant smile and friendly, outgoing personality, never met a stranger and always reached out to help someone else in need. She had a love for cooking and baking for her family and friends. She loved people, especially children and worked as a daycare center teacher for many years. Ruby used her many talents and passion for youth to have a very successful 25+ year career in food service, including management roles, in the Birmingham Public School System, until she retired due to her 2015 diagnosis with breast cancer. Ruby was a breast cancer survivor and actively raised money to support cancer research.
Ruby met and fell in love with her high school sweetheart the late Charles Edwards Reynolds. They were later married in 1974 and shared over 15 years together. Ruby and Charles Reynolds were the proud parents of three amazing children:Corey Reynolds, LeTonya Reynolds and Tracey Reynolds; and their adoptive daughter Dominiqueca Dubose—all of whom Ruby absolutely adored.
Ruby is survived by her wonderful, supportive and loving children: Corey Reynolds, LeTonya Reynolds, Tracey Reynoldsand adoptive daughter Dominiqueca Dubose; five grandchildren:Tikerya Reynolds, Emmanuel Reynolds, Mya Reynolds, Tatyana Reynolds, Krissa Kelly and a godson for whom she cherished, Aleissendo Jordan, all of Birmingham, Alabama; four sisters: Sadie H. Steele and Anne C. Thompson of Birmingham, Alabama; Annie Margaret Hamilton of Cleveland, Ohio; Virginia H. Moore of Bowie, Maryland; one aunt, Yvonne Augustus of New York, New York; one sister-in-law, Nancy George; four nephews: Anthony Steele, John Steele and Chris Steele all of Birmingham, Alabama; five nieces: Kathy Henderson of Birmingham, Alabama, Natasha Holiday (Aaron) of New York, New York, Rebecca Hamilton of Cleveland, Ohio, and Jasmine Moore and Antoinette Moore of Bowie, Maryland; several great nephews and great nieces; dear friends: BrendaWalker, Massetta Jordan and Antionette Hill all of Birmingham, Alabama; special daughters-in-love Robin Reynolds and Shandi Woodard; a host of church friends whom she loved and adored,neighbors and her A. H. Parker High School class of 1974 friends.
Ruby was preceded in death by her loving and caring mother Bessie Hamilton Tolbert.
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