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Ruby Ellis Sweeney was born September 5, 1916 in McNairy County, Tennessee the daughter of the late Richard Henry and Mary Viola Sanders Ellis. She was united in marriage to Byrd Sweeney who preceded her in death on July 13, 1983. Mrs. Sweeney was a member of Bethel Springs Presbyterian Church. She worked at the Milan Arsenal from 1950 until 1957. She later worked as a waitress for various restaurants and retired as a clerk with Jaggars Kiddy Shop in Selmer. She was a member of the Selmer Pilot Club. Mrs. Sweeney departed this life on Sunday, July 24, 2011 in Selmer, Tennessee at the age of 94 Years, 10 Months, 19 Days. She is survived by a daughter, Linda Brisentine and husband Clarence of Selmer, TN; two sons, David Sweeney of Cordova, TN, Gerald Sweeney and wife Sue of Cabot, AR; five grandchildren, Angela Simmons and husband Jason, James Sweeney, Jason Sweeney, Dawn Johnson and husband Kevin, Dina McAweeney and husband Joe; six great grandchildren, Haylea Simmons, Ashlea Simmons, Ryan Johnson, Christopher Johnson, Mikayla McAweeney, Sean McAweeney; a sister, Frankie Crabtree of Gurdon, AR. A host of extended family and friends. In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Sweeney was preceded in death by a sister, Altie Hines; four brothers, Parker Ellis, Hubert Ellis, Dewey Ellis, Howard Ellis.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 11:00 AM at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer, Tennessee, with Robert Henry officiating. Burial followed in the Mt. Vinson Cemetery at Stantonville, Tennessee. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.
Pallbearers were John Nichols, Dennis Ellis, James Ellis, Sonny Ross, Steve Mitchell, Sam Summers.
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