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Ruby Arlean Reid-Gilliard

July 2, 1941 ~ May 18, 2021 (age 79)


On May 18, 2021, Ruby Arlean Reid-Gilliard, peacefully departed this life in her home at Christian City Retirement Community located in Union City, Georgia to be with our Lord. She was married for over twenty years to the late PVT. James Earl Gilliard, who served in the USMC receiving an honorable discharge and National Defense Service Medal. 

Ruby Arlean was born the first of four on July 2, 1941, in Eldora, Georgia to the late Sgt. Enoch Reid, Jr and Mrs. Corine Williams-Reid.  Ruby Arlean was the eldest grandchild of the late Mrs. Melissa Grant Richmond. To her siblings and cousins, Ruby was admired and looked upon for guidance as the big sister, baby sitter, good friend, and advisor. She was educated in the Effingham County and Lawton, Oklahoma Public School Systems. She furthered her education at Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, FL.


Ruby Arlean, grew up in a Christian home. The family place of worship, Miles Branch Baptist Church located in Bryan County, Georgia. Being a trail blazer and always seeking opportunities, Ruby was the first African American to be employed by the Office of Social Services in Springfield, Georgia. With her integrating the system, the county was able to receive funds to rebuild the center and expand service offerings to the community. Later in her career, she was employed by the Savannah Police Department and the United States Postal Service.  Following her passion to serve, after receiving her college education as a nursing assistant and medical technician, Ruby exemplified the title of servant leader. She helped others with their illnesses and focused on the elderly. For over fifteen she made a difference until retirement from Moosehaven Retirement Community in Orange Park, FL. Her service did not end in retirement, as a resident in Christian City Retirement Community, Ruby was a volunteer fire marshal and resident representative for Gene Miller Manor.  Her passion was extended to caring for residents and assisting with recreational activities. Ruby was a servant on earth, until she was called home to serve as an angel in heaven. 


In addition to her husband, parents and maternal grandmother, she was proceeded in death by her brothers, Mr. Enoch Reid, III and Mr. Samuel Roger Reid; fraternal grandparents, Mr. Enoch Reid, Sr. and Mrs. Nancy Fuller Reid; her name sake, Mrs. Ruby Reid Brown; a number of aunts, uncles, and cousins.


Her loving and serving spirit will be missed. Cherishing her memories forever; her daughter, Dr. Michelle Rhodes (Stuart), Fayetteville, GA; her son Sgt. (RET) Joseph R. Reid, Savannah, GA.; her sister, Mrs. Nancy Burgess (Jack), Eden, GA; her grandchildren, Magan A. Rhodes, Jaylon H. Rhodes, Rachel D. Reid, Ty B. Reid, and Joseph R. Parler; Reid-Fuller and Williams-Richmond families, and many other nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.

A Memorial service will be held Saturday, May 29, 2021 in the chapel of Campbell and Sons Funeral Home, 124 W. Park Ave. Savannah Ga 31401

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Memorial Service
May 29, 2021

11:00 AM
Campbell & Sons Funeral Home Chapel
124 W. Park Ave.
Savannah, GA 31401

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