On Friday morning, February 20, 2015, God’s appointed time for Ruby to make her journey was at hand. Right before the break of the day a’ when you can truly feel God’s presence and when many of us are slumbering, God gently wiped away the tears, demonstrating that there would be no more mourning, crying or pain. With a soft touch, God gently closed Ruby’s eyes, and transitioned her into her new life of eternal rest.
Born on March 4, 1927 in Pontiac, South Carolina, Ruby Gibbs Knight was the oldest daughter of the late Johnny Gibbs and Mary Williams Gibbs. She was affectionately referred to as “Sis” and “Sister.”
Ruby received a formal education in the public schools of Kershaw County. Living through the depression and difficult economic times, Ruby was employed as a domestic worker. She lived on the premises, working during the week, and would return home on the weekend. Because she was the oldest daughter of fourteen, she valued cleaning her home; rearing obedient children; and preparing wonderful meals for her family and friends.
Ruby married Joshua Knight, Sr., and six wonderful children blessed this union. She joined Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church where her father-in-law, Reverend Willis Knight, was an Associate Minister. Ruby was a member of the Senior Choir and Women’s Missionary Society.
Ruby leaves to cherish fond memories five children: Bertha (Earl) Bynum of Camden, SC, Jacqueline (Herbert) Love of Snellville, GA, Curtis (Tina) Knight of Lugoff, SC, Carlos Knight and Sentha Knight Watkins of Columbia, SC; a daughter-in-law, Almeta Knight of Columbia, SC; three brothers: Isaiah (Mae Helen) Gibbs of Richmond, VA, Frank (Nancy) Gibbs and James (Ann) Gibbs of Columbia, SC; two sisters-in-law, Mary Ann Gibbs and Elizabeth Robinson; one brother-in-law, William Hayes; ten grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and other loving relatives.
Ruby was preceded in death by her husband, Joshua Knight, Sr.; a son, Joshua Knight, Jr.; three sisters: Mary Hayes, Maggie Ross and Martha Ellison; and three brothers: Willie Gibbs, Charles “Doc” Gibbs and Gene Gibbs.