Ruby Craig Tipton, age 92, life-long resident of Blowing Rock, passed away Sunday morning, January 5, 2020 at the home of her granddaughter.

Born September 25, 1927 to Will and Cora Estes Craig, Ruby was the last sibling of thirteen children. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by the father of her children, Homer Tipton, daughter, Eva Tipton Hunter, son, Larry Tipton, five brothers, Butler, Hazen, Bill, Frank and Lank Craig; and two sisters, Lee Craig Holder and Mary Craig Ford.

Mrs. Tipton was a member of Sandy Flat Baptist Church. She was a full time mother, homemaker, as well as a retired employee of IRC TRW. According to her children, Mom was undoubtedly the best mother any child could ever have. Her home was always filled with love and with an open door policy – all visitors were welcome and expected to join the family at the table during mealtime. Mrs. Tipton worked all her adult life to raise her children, grandchildren and extended family.

She is survived by her daughters, Frankie Tipton and Nora Tipton, both of Blowing Rock, and her son, Ray Tipton of Swansea, SC; grandchildren, Amy Whitfield of Blowing Rock, Kristy Clawson (Mark) of Poga, TN, Robin Tedder (Chris) of North Wilkesboro, Christopher Hunter of West Jefferson, Stormy Tipton of Burlington, Washington, and Destiny Holbrook of Swansea, SC; great-grandchildren, Matthew Tedder, Castiel Tipton, Braison Holbrook, Rahne and Briana Avant and J.W. Tester (Laurel); great-great-grandchild, Gabe Tester; and son-in-law, Don Hunter. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services for Ruby Craig Tipton will be conducted Sunday afternoon, January 12, 2020, at 2 o'clock, at the Austin & Barnes Funeral Home Chapel, officiated by Rev. Burl Greer. The family will receive friends Sunday from 1 until o'clock, prior to services, at Austin & Barnes. Graveside services in the Craig Cemetery will be private.

Flowers are appreciated or donations may be made to the Austin & Barnes Funeral Home to assist the family with expenses.

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