Ruby Irene Priddy Tuggle

Published 6:44 pm Sunday, February 9, 2020

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Mrs. Ruby Irene Priddy Tuggle, 89, formerly of NC 801 S., Mocksville, died on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020 at Mocksville Senior Living, where she had been a resident for 12 years.

She was born on Feb. 7, 1930 in Stokes County to the late William Cornelius and Vinny Elizabeth Mabe Priddy. She was saved in Clearview Baptist Church in Mayodan and had a testimony made famous by her late husband having said as a young girl, that if he couldn’t go to church with her, he couldn’t go anywhere else with her. He attended the next service and surrendered his life to Jesus Christ. He would go on to pastor three Baptist churches for nearly 60 years. By taking the stand she took, many many souls have been reached for the cause of Jesus Christ. She was a loving pastor’s wife of Level Cross Baptist Church, Lakeview Baptist Church in Davidson County and Dutchman Creek Baptist Church in Mocksville, where she was a member. She was the oldest of 12 children and sacrificed often to make sure that her brothers and sisters were taken care of. Having dealt with sickness for most of her life, she was always the life of the party and loved to laugh and have a good time. Despite her health, she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. While able, she loved to hear preaching and singing and will be remembered for shouting and praising God in church services. Her last 14 years have been trying, with Alzheimer’s disease, but a day has not gone by without the love of her family, friends and caregivers giving her special love and care. Her sweet smile and singing will be missed.

She was also preceded in death by: her husband of 64 years, the Rev. Thomas E. Tuggle; and 2 brothers, Elmer and Garland Priddy.

Survivors: a daughter, Dixie Tuggle Miller (Mike) of Mocksville; a son, the Rev. Thomas Ted Tuggle (Glenda) of Asheboro; 5 grandchildren, Michael Miller (Julia), Brad Miller, Nicholas Miller (Kipperly), Justin Tuggle (Kelly) and Megan Tuggle; 11 great-grandchildren, Chasity Miller, Nicole Miller, Tanner Miller, Trevor Miller, Tucker Miller, Krista Sheron (Corey), Logan Tuggle, Scarlett Tuggle, Jordan Shoffner, Haley Davis and Hunter Doby; 9 brothers and sisters, Clarice Belton (James) of Mayoden and Margie Shelton of Mayodan, Doris Bunker of Mt. Airy, Bill Priddy of Sandy Ridge, Maxine Hylton (Wesley) of Sandy Ridge, Talmadge Priddy (Gail) of Eden, Dianne Collins of Madison, Glenda Shelton of Madison and Lana Gail Priddy of Mayodan; many nieces and nephews and many friends.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10 at Dutchman Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Ted Tuggle officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9 at the church.  Friends may also pay their respects by signing the register at Eaton Funeral Home.

Memorials: missionary fund of Dutchman Creek Baptist Church, PO Box 416, Mocksvill.