OBITUARY

Doyal Ruff

June 24, 1935September 10, 2018
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Doyal Ruff, age 83, of Skyview Circle, Cartersville, Georgia, passed away Monday evening, September 10, 2018 at Cartersville Medical Center. Mr. Ruff was born June 24, 1935 in Dallas, Georgia, son of the late Elgie Campbell Ruff and Louise Ruff. He was a retired locksmith at the State of Georgia Capital, was of the Christian Faith and was a member of Emerson Masonic Lodge #738 F. & A.M.. He played and sang bluegrass music for many years as Doyal Ruff and the Melody Boys. For 20 years he played and sang gospel music as Doyal Ruff and the Melody Makers. He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Sidney M. Ruff; sisters, Maxine Eberly and Glenora; brother-in-law, Bill Gaines. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Mary Jo Williams Ruff of Cartersville; a daughter, Vicky Ballard of Pine Log; a son, Donny (Darlene) Ruff of Pine Log; grandchildren, Devin Ruff, Dustin Ruff, Taylor Ballard, Stephani Neal; great-grandchildren, Jordan Ballard and Sophia Ballard; a sister, Myra Gaines of Cartersville; a number of nieces and nephews also survive. A Celebration of Life service will be conducted Thursday afternoon, September 13, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the Owen Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Nathan Pannell and Rev. Charles Moore officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Owen Funeral Home. Pallbearers include Jimmy Tibbitts, William Gaines, Billy Thomason, Joe Tilley, Gary Nichols, Michael Brock. Please visit www.owenfunerals.com to leave condolences for the family. Owen Funeral Home, 12 Collins Dr., Cartersville, Ga., is honored to serve the family of Doyal Ruff.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, September 12, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Thursday, September 13, 2018
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Sonny and Mable Lusk

September 16, 2018

Donnie, sorry to hear of the loss of your father.
I enjoyed singing with you for about 26 years.
I , myself, was in the hospital for 21 days, when I learned of his passing.
Prayers for comfort .

Judy Lusk Campbell

September 16, 2018

My deepest sympathy to the family. Prayers for the difficult days ahead. Find comfort through the prayers and love of family and friends.

Kimberly Mcentyre

September 13, 2018

I am so sorry to hear of “Uncle Doyal’s” passing...this is what us girls called him that worked at the Fruit Jar Cafe. My day wasn’t complete unless Doyal & Mary Jo came into the restaurant. He always made us all laugh and smile with his jokes and singing! And those eyebrows!! You will be greatly missed by many!! Prayers for Mary Jo and your family

Pastor Lamar Long Canaanland Christian Church

September 13, 2018

Brother Donny and Family,

Your brother's and sister's in Christ at Canaanland Christian Church wish to express our sincere condolences in the passing of your dad. We want you all to know that we love you and your family very much and if we can help in any way please let us know. We pray that God's hand be upon each of you during this sad time.
Sincerely,
Pastor Lamar & Pam Long
Canaanland Christian Church Members

Janice Scott

September 12, 2018

I am sorry to hear about the passing of your loved one. Will be praying for all the family.

Ann Hicks

September 12, 2018

I am so sad to hear about the passing of my good friend, Mr. Doyal. When I went to work at the Capital in 1977, he was one of the first people I met. I was only 18 years old, and scared to death, but Mr. Doyal assured me I would be fine, and he was right, 34 years later I retired from the State, and I am just fine. He was always such a great friend, and was always full of fun and laughter. I pray God will bring peace, and comfort to all of his family in the days to come.

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Biography

Doyal Ruff, age 83, of Skyview Circle, Cartersville, Georgia, passed away Monday evening, September 10, 2018 at Cartersville Medical Center.
Mr. Ruff was born June 24, 1935 in Dallas, Georgia, son of the late Elgie Campbell Ruff and Louise Ruff. He was a retired locksmith at the State of Georgia Capital, was of the Christian Faith and was a member of Emerson Masonic Lodge #738 F. & A.M.. He played and sang bluegrass music for many years as Doyal Ruff and the Melody Boys. For 20 years he played and sang gospel music as Doyal Ruff and the Melody Makers. He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Sidney M. Ruff; sisters, Maxine Eberly and Glenora; brother-in-law, Bill Gaines.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Mary Jo Williams Ruff of Cartersville; a daughter, Vicky Ballard of Pine Log; a son, Donny (Darlene) Ruff of Pine Log; grandchildren, Devin Ruff, Dustin Ruff, Taylor Ballard, Stephani Neal; great-grandchildren, Jordan Ballard and Sophia Ballard; a sister, Myra Gaines of Cartersville; a number of nieces and nephews also survive.
A Celebration of Life service will be conducted Thursday afternoon, September 13, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the Owen Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Nathan Pannell and Rev. Charles Moore officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Owen Funeral Home.
Pallbearers include Jimmy Tibbitts, William Gaines, Billy Thomason, Joe Tilley, Gary Nichols, Michael Brock.
Please visit www.owenfunerals.com to leave condolences for the family.
Owen Funeral Home, 12 Collins Dr., Cartersville, Ga., is honored to serve the family of Doyal Ruff.