May 18, 1927 - April 19, 2021

Ruby Pauline Butler, age 93, of Florence, went to her heavenly home on April 19, 2021.  The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 22, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home.  The funeral will be Friday, April 23, at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home chapel, with Pastor Jeremy Goss officiating.  Burial will follow at Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens.

Ruby was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Butler; parents, Walter and Covell Phillips; brothers, Howard, Vernon and Ellie Phillips; sister, Joyce Jaynes; daughters, Dorothy Butler, Doris Boatwright and Wanda Swader; grandchildren, Kenneth Butler, Jr., Tim Horner and Paula Horner.

Survivors include her children, Kenneth Butler (Barbara), Ricky Butler (Debbie), Joyce Horner (Juble), Barbara Smallwood (Billy) and Debra Shook; sister, Betty Jaynes; 14 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers

Ruby loved her brothers and sisters and always felt blessed to have been able to live near all but one of them her whole life.  She married when she was 13 years old and became a mother when she was 15 years old, raising 7 children.  Other than picking cotton, she never worked outside the home until her youngest child started school, at which point she went to work in the linen room of the Holiday Inn with her beloved sisters.  They became known as the “linen sisters”.  She finally retired at the age of 83.

Ruby was a wonderful cook.  In her later years, she started cooking lunch every Tuesday for her boys and anyone else that may be there.  She loved her flowers and working in her flower beds when she was able.  She was a wonderful mother-in-law who was a perfect example of how a mother-in-law should be.

Momma was a Godly woman who taught her children about Jesus.  She loved to read her Bible and pray.  She loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren with her whole heart. Our mother was a simple woman and we would like to request that you feel free to dress casual for her services.

We would like to thank Shoals Hospice for their loving care.  Condolences may be left at

Our sweet momma, our Gift from God!


April 22, 2021
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Williams Funeral Home


Spry Williams Funeral Home, 1950 Helton Drive, Florence, AL, USA

April 22, 2021 6:00 pm

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April 23, 2021
11:00 am

Williams Funeral Home, Burial to follow at Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens

6 Comments on “Ruby Butler”

  1. Praying for you all during this time asking Jesus to wrap you all in his presence and minister to each one of you. She was a amazing woman of God, always living out her life of faith before all. She will be greatly missed by all. But know that she lived the life of Faith and has left behind a GREAT LEGACY of that to be carried out with the ones she loved dearly. I can see her now REJOICING with her Jesus forever and ever and her loved ones that went on before her.
    Love you all, Lisa May
    PS.. it is her ,Aunt Betty ,Aunt Joyce’s fought that I am addicted to yard sales, they were the ones that introduced me to them when I was 15 😊

  2. I never saw Miss Ruby without a smile. It was contagious. She was such a Godly woman and prayed for me on multiple occasions. It is an honor to work for her son, Ricky, and his two sons, Chad and Chris. Her daughter, Barbara, is one of the most important people in my life. Miss Ruby raised some amazing children. I pray that God gives you peace and comfort during this trying time. She will be missed, but she is, now, in the arms of her Savior. I love you guys more than you’ll ever know!

  3. She was the best aunt i could ever have,i love her dearly,i am going to miss her a lot,i also worked with her at the hotel,helped in the laundry room when she worked there for many years,anytime i needed anything she was there,she was a good friend to my mother,her sister-in-law,my mother loved her a lot,now she is in heaven with my mother and i bet they are singing all those songs they used to sing in church all those years ago.To all my cousins i am so sorry for your loss,i love all of you dearly,my she rest in peace.

  4. I love my Aunt Ruby with all my heart. I sure wish I could have seen her more often, but when I did see her it was like we had always seen each other. She was one of the best Aunt’s anyone could have ask for. I love you Aunt Ruby and you will be missed. Rest in peace My loving Aunt Ruby. We will keep all the family in our prayers.

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