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Mrs. Ruby (Plair) Oglesby

March 13, 1928 ~ October 6, 2021 (age 93)


Adams announces the passing of Mrs. Ruby Plair Oglesby, 93, who transitioned on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at St. Joseph's Hospital.

Adams announces the Funeral Services for Mrs. Ruby Plair Ogelsby, 11:00 A.M., Friday, October 15, 2021 in the Adams Chapel.

Viewing: 4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M., Thursday, October 14, 2021 at the Funeral Home.

Interment: Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery in Millen, GA.


Mrs. Ruby Lee Oglesby was the epitome of the Proverbs 31 woman. The Bible describes such a woman as being more precious than jewels. Perhaps that’s why in his infinite wisdom, God saw to it that she shared her name with an exquisite gemstone that is rarer and more durable than diamonds. 


Born March 13, 1928 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas to the late John Wesley Plair and Irene (Blanchard) Plair, she was the youngest of 17 siblings. Her mother passed away when Ruby was just a toddler, so her older siblings stepped up to help her father raise her.


In the early 1940s, she moved to Millen, Georgia where she met and married the love of her life, James Oglesby, Sr. They had six children, one girl then “all those boys!” (Henry passed away as a baby and two others, Raymond and Tommy, also preceded her in death.) She and James were married for 68 years until death parted them in 2017. 

A natural storyteller, Ruby once recalled a time when she was a newlywed and tried to find the farm where her husband was working so she could bring him breakfast. “I didn’t know where I was going and I didn’t see anybody on the road to even ask. I didn’t even see dust,” she joked. So she went back home, figuring that if her husband got hungry enough, he’d come home, too. And that’s exactly what he did. Huffing and puffing, but he left full and never asked her to bring him breakfast again. 


She and James moved to West Savannah in the early 1950s where Ruby enrolled in vocational school, earned her CNA certificate and worked as a nursing assistant and in private home healthcare until she retired. 


While she earned a living caring for others, her heart was fully focused on loving and taking care of her family. Cooking was one of her love languages. She’d get up in the morning and cook enough grits in that double broiler to feed an army. And you couldn’t touch her collards, cabbage or cornbread! 


As much as she loved being a mother, perhaps her favorite role was grandmother. She knew and loved all of her grandkids, never forgetting a name, birthday or voice. “Grandma’s hands” were often found rocking or playing with one of her grandchildren, and you can be certain she was going to sing them a song — real or made up. 


She also sang in the choir and served on the usher board at Jerusalem Baptist Church in West Savannah, where she was a faithful and dedicated member. You’d often find her in the pews dressed to the nines, hat perched ever so perfectly.  


Mrs. Oglesby leaves to cherish her memories her three loving children, Irene Wright, James Oglesby (Mardella) and Rufus Oglesby; 17 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, 19 great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.


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 Service Program


October 14, 2021

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Adams Funeral Services, Inc.
510 Stephenson Avenue
Savannah, GA 31405

Funeral Service
October 15, 2021

11:00 AM
The Adams Chapel
510 Stephenson Ave.
Savannah, GA 31405

Interment following funeral service
October 15, 2021

Mt Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery MILLEN, GA
4328 Mt Carmel Rd
Millen, GA 30442

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