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Ruth Hodges Gravely
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Obituary for Ruth Hodges Gravely

Ruth Hodges Gravely, 89, formerly of Collinsville, VA went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at Carilion Franklin Memorial after a brief illness. She was born on September 9, 1928 to the late John D. Hodges and Martha Ann Hodges. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Andrew Lee Gravely, Sr.; her son, Stephen Gravely; and brothers, John Milton, Lonnie, James, and Beamon Hodges.

Ruth was a devoted wife and loving mother. She cared for, and was always there for her family members. She enjoyed reading, cooking, sharing recipes, and spending Friday mornings with her friend and hairdresser, Mickey Buck. Ruth also worked on family genealogy with special family friend, Desmond Kendrick. She worked at DuPont a number of years and then at John Redd-Smith School, and was of the Christian faith. Ruth and her husband Andrew spent their winters in Florida after retiring. They fished, walked on the beach, and made many new friends.

The last years of her life, Ruth resided at Fork Mountain Rest Home where she kept the staff entertained.

She is survived by her daughter, Nancy G. Gusler and husband Dean; sons, A.L. Gravely, Jr. and wife Georgia and Thomas Gravely; brother, Claude Hodges; and grandchildren, Michael Gravely and wife Monica, Douglas Gravely and wife Cindy, Katie Gravely, Matthew Gravely, Stephanie Mason, and Steve “Bubba” Mason. Also surviving are seven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Norris Funeral Services, Martinsville Chapel with Reverend David Williams officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018 at Norris Funeral Services, Martinsville Chapel and other times at the home of Ruth’s son, A.L. Gravely, Jr. Burial will be at Roselawn Burial Park.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the staff at Fork Mountain Adult Rest Home and Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Norris Funeral Services, Inc. and Crematory of Martinsville, VA is serving the Gravely family. Online condolences may be made at

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5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Norris Funeral Services & Crematory - Martinsville Chapel

1500 Kings Mountain Road
P.O. Box 5501
Martinsville, Virginia 24115

Other times at the home of Ruth's son, A.L. Gravely, Jr.





11:00 AM
Norris Funeral Services & Crematory - Martinsville Chapel

1500 Kings Mountain Road
P.O. Box 5501
Martinsville, Virginia 24115

Cemetery Details


Roselawn Burial Park

103 Clearview Dr.
Martinsville, VA 24112


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