Ruby Syx Ansley

January 26, 1917January 3, 2012

Ruby Syx Ansley, age 94, of Mountain Brook, Al died on January 3, 2012. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 56 years, John Peters Ansley. She was also preceded in death by her parents, W.J. Syx and Agnes Lee Robertson; sisters, Gladys (Glenn) Washington, Edith (Bob) Joyce and brothers, Bill Syx and Ed Syx. Survivors include nephew, John Fosters Ansley of Atlanta,GA, Eugene Baldwin Ansley (Lillian) of Atlanta, GA; nieces, Charlotte Bell of Madison, WI and Edwina Syx of Dallas, TX. Other survivors include her loyal friend and business associate, Sallie Aman, who came to work with her the day after she graduated from the University of Alabama and will continue to operate the business and long time employee for 22 years, Craig Bitnell. She attended Ensley High School and was the first girl elected president of the student body. She received a scholarship to attend a special session of summer school at Northwestern University. She attended Birmingham Southern College her freshman year. She graduated from the University of Alabama. She was a member of Chi Omega Sorority. In 1936, she was selected one of the campus favorites in the University of Alabama year book, the Corrolla. She worked with Dean Agnes Ellen Harris and Henrietta Thompson in establishing the University of Alabama, School of Interior Design. In 1954, she was selected to the “Best Dressed Career Women in Jefferson County” by the Alabama Federation of Women’s Clubs. In May 1960, she was asked to join interior designers and magazine editors for a week in Nice, France to view the new line of French fabrics. In 1963, she founded her business, Ruby Ansley Interiors, Inc. in Mountain Brook Village where she designed homes in 14 states. She was a founding member of the Alabama Chapter of the American Design Institute of Decorators. She was registered in the Professional Who’s Who and received an award for 40 years of professional service. She and her husband were golf enthusiast and had homes on the Lakewood golf course at Point Clear, Al, the Shoal Creek golf course and at Highlands Falls in North Carolina. She and her husband were strong supporters of Birmingham Southern College. They established the Ruby and John Ansley Foundation and the Ruby and John Ansley Foundation for the Greater Birmingham Community. She was awarded, in 2003, the Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by Birmingham Southern College. She was a member of Canterbury United Methodist Church, The Club, Shoal Creek Country Club, Lakewood Country Club and Highlands Fall Country Club. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Graveside services will be held 2:00 on Friday January 6, 2012 in Elmwood Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Ridout’s Valley Chapel (879-3401).


  • Graveside Service Friday, January 6, 2012

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Charlotte Bell

January 6, 2012

Going back to Birmingham for visits will never be the same. Ruby was a generous and beautiful aunt-- the last of my dad's siblings. She was always welcoming, a gracious hostess, and forever encouraging. I will miss her. C

Joyce Joiner Lawler

January 5, 2012

My grandparents were her Uncle Bob and Aunt Louise. My grandfather was Agnes's brother Robert T. Robertson. That made my mother, Evelyn Louise (Robertson) Joiner her first cousin. My mother spoke fondly of Ruby. In November the last of my mother's siblings died. On her death bed my Aunt Loulie (Robertson) Houlditch asked if Ruby Syx was still living. They will have fun being together in heaven.

January 4, 2012

My heart goes out to the friends and close family members of Ruby. My Dad, Roy Syx was her first cousin and told me stories of playing with her and two nieces,Sarah and Evelyn Page, in the Birmingham area when they were all very young. She was so gracious to meet with me when we were working on the Syx family tree in about 2001. May she rest in peace.

Jinny Hawkins

January 4, 2012

My mother Barbara Hawkins and Ruby have been friends since the 1940's. Ruby was a fixture in my young life often helping my mother with finding solutions for decorating clients at her shop The Carriage House in Homewood.
She was always a warm wonderful addition to the colorful cast of characters in that shop, and a true mentor to me always encouraging my talents and eccentricities.
I am thrilled to have had the pleasure to know her.