RUTH THORNE HOCKADAY was born in Halifax County, North Carolina, on October 14, 1928, to the late Walter Thorne and Susie Bellamy Thorne. She transitioned from this earthly life to her Heavenly home on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at her home in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.
Ruth accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior, was baptized, and joined the Springfield Baptist Church in Littleton, North Carolina, and later moved her membership to the Holy Light Holiness Church in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, and remained a faithful servant until ill health prevailed.
Her formal education was received from the former Piney Grove School in Halifax, North Carolina. She became employed as a Personal Care Aide for many years. She enjoyed farming, gardening, taking care of mother, fishing, and rearing her grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Jefferson Hockaday; her son, Issac Edmonds; two sisters, Mammie Helen and Dorothy Mae; three brothers, James Henry, Jimmie Lee, and her twin, Rufus; two stepsons, Calvin and Jefferson Hockaday; three brothers-in-law, Tennyson Hockaday, Jeremiah Lynch, and Clifton Stallings; and one sister-in-law, Susie Edmonds.
Those left to forever treasure the precious memory of her life and love are her daughter, Josephine Harris (Johnnie) of Roanoke Rapids, NC; her two sons, Rufus Edmonds (Diane) and Calvin Edmonds (Sarah) all of Roanoke Rapids, NC; two stepdaughters, Glendora Hockaday and Louise Fobbs; a grandson she reared, Antwaine Moody; twenty-five other grandchildren; seventy great-grandchildren; thirty-five great-great-grandchildren; her daughter-in-law, Rebecca Edmonds; her sister-in-law, Jennie Mae Jones; her brother-in-law, Ralph Hockaday; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, saints, and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. at the New Jerusalem Holiness Church in Garysburg, NC. Elder Alice Jones-Brown will eulogize, and burial will follow in the Holy Light Holiness Church Cemetery, Hawkins Chapel Road, Roanoke Rapids, NC. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at the funeral home from 7:00 – 8:00 P.M.