Ruby Stancil Creech of Smithfield went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, June 6th 2018. The daughter of the late Mamie Ann Hocutt Stancil and James Oscar Stancil, she was born in Johnston County on December 17th, 1926.
She attended Stancil’s Chapel Elementary School and graduated from Glendale High School in 1944. In 1948, Ruby married her childhood sweetheart Willard Grover Creech.
After graduating from Hardbarger Business School in Raleigh, she worked several years for Wachovia Bank before going to work for the Dean of the UNC School of Dentistry while Grover was in Pharmacy School.
While in Chapel Hill, she assisted in organizing and served as first President of the UNC Pharmacy Student Wives Organization. She assisted in fundraising events for the Institute of Pharmacy Building in Chapel Hill. She received the Life Membership in Student Wives Organization in 1978.
She remained a True Blue Tar Heel!
After moving with Grover to Selma in 1954, Ruby became involved in the following community activities: Chair of Heart Fund and March of Dimes, Cub Scout Den Mother, Girl Scout Leader, Charter member and President of Selma Garden Club and Executive Board of the PTA.
As a member of Selma Baptist Church, she served as Director of Missions Groups, Sunday School Teacher, and was involved in Youth Activities.
When the couple moved to Smithfield and Grover started J and C Homes Company, Ruby supported her husband again by using her bookkeeper and interior design skills for the company.
One of her hobbies was planning and decorating for special occasions. She enjoyed her work as a Wedding Coordinator and decorating for weddings and receptions.
Ruby assisted in organizing Keep Johnston County Beautiful and served on the Constitution and Bylaws Committee. She served as Vice-Chairman of the Better Homes Advisory Council for Johnston County and assisted in organizing Johnston County’s first Parade of Homes.
She served as President of the Woman’s Auxiliary on the NC Pharmaceutical association in 1970 with “Happiness is Helping” as the theme for the year. She assisted in designing and quilting a special wall hanging commemorating the 100th anniversary of the N.C. Pharmaceutical Association. She received Life Membership in the Woman’s Auxiliary in 1978. “Happiness is Helping” became her motto for life. That was evident by all the volunteer work Ruby was involved in.
One of her many passions was cancer prevention. Ruby served as a volunteer with the Johnston County Unit of the American Cancer Society for many years, serving as President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Board of Directors. She was the recipient of the President’s Award in 1985, Sword of Hope Award in 1985 and Distinguished Service Award in 1987. One of her favorite things to do was to be sure the wigs and hats were available to those who needed them.
Using her talent for organization and making things beautiful, she assisted in organizing West Smithfield Community Development Organization and served as Beautification Chairman. She also coordinated design, planting and dedication of Bicentennial Memorial Garden on NC Highway 70 West in Smithfield. She also assisted in Smithfield’s Bicentennial Celebration.
Ruby Loved Flowers! She assisted in organizing Rose Manor Garden Club and served at President, Secretary, Program Chairman, Anti-liter and Beautification Chairman. As a lover of flowers, she did many programs and conducted many workshops for other clubs. She received many Tri-color awards and awards of distinction for her flower arrangements in flower shows. Some of her flower designs were chosen to be used in the North Carolina Garden Club Calendar during the Bicentennial year – 1976. She prepared many flower baskets and arrangements that were used to decorate different facilities and for patients to enjoy.
As a member of Sharon Baptist Church, she served in many ways, including Director of Baptist Women, Sunday School Teacher, Church Council, Church Historian, flower and decorating committee and Baptismal Committee. She also served as Mission Action Chairman. She served on the UMW Executive Board of the Johnston Baptist Association. and served on the committee to revise the Constitution and Bylaws.
In 2002, Ruby and Grover together were the first to be awarded the M Keith Fearing Award for lifelong community pharmacy service as a couple. The Campbell University School of Pharmacy presented the award. This award recognizes outstanding pharmacists for their patient dedication, community engagement and professional involvement. They were very humbled to receive this honor.
She loved to work with flowers both in the yard and in arranging and decorating. She also had a talent for art work. She has painted and shared many pieces of her art work with others. She possessed unlimited energy, talent and ability. But, most of all she loved her family, supporting her children and grandchildren in whatever they were involved with. She loved other people and served where needed. That is what made her the happiest. She desired to make the world a better place for others.
She was preceded in death by brothers, James Orville Stancil, Rudolph (Doc) Stancil, George Guy Stancil and Jack Stancil: sisters, Gurnie Crabtree and Ruth Januik.
She is survived by her Husband 0f 70 years – Willard Grover Creech
Sons – Philip Haywood Creech and wife Rebekah Pennington, Byron Grover Creech and wife Tammy Tyson
Daughters – Marcia Creech Parks and husband Gary Howard, Lucia Creech Washam and husband William Russell, Jr
Grandchildren – Wayne Lewis Colley, Christopher Sean Colley and wife Pamela Dawn Newlin, Jennifer Parks Haiducek and husband Dale Patrick, Justin Howard Parks, Christopher Graham Creech and wife Katy Millberg, Matthew Cameron Creech, William Russell Washam, III and wife Caroline Westray, Kevin Joseph Washam and fiancee Jessica Connell
Great Grandchildren Christopher Colley, Jr, Sharon Nicole Colley
Many Loved Nieces and Nephews
Funeral Services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 10, 2018 in Sharon Baptist Church with Rev. Benjamin Wines officiating. Burial will follow in Selma Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Saturday evening at Parrish Funeral Home in Selma.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be sent Sharon Baptist Church, 116 Britt Street, Smithfield, NC 27577, or, American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.