Doyal Ruff


Doyal Ruff, age 83, of Skyview Circle, Cartersville, Georgia, passed away Monday evening, September 10, 2018, at Cartersville Medical Center.

Mr. Ruff was born June 24, 1935 in Dallas, Georgia, son of the late Elgie Campbell Ruff and Louise Ruff. He was a retired locksmith at the State of Georgia Capital, was of the Christian Faith and was a member of Emerson Masonic Lodge #738 F. & A.M. He played and sang bluegrass music for many years as Doyal Ruff and the Melody Boys. For 20 years he played and sang gospel music as Doyal Ruff and the Melody Makers. He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Sidney M. Ruff; sisters, Maxine Eberly and Glenora; brother-in-law, Bill Gaines.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Mary Jo Williams Ruff of Cartersville; a daughter, Vicky Ballard of Pine Log; a son, Donny (Darlene) Ruff of Pine Log; grandchildren, Devin Ruff, Dustin Ruff, Taylor Ballard, Stephani Neal; great-grandchildren, Jordan Ballard and Sophia Ballard; a sister, Myra Gaines of Cartersville; a number of nieces and nephews also survive. 

A Celebration of Life service will be conducted Thursday afternoon, September 13, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in the Owen Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Nathan Pannell and Rev. Charles Moore officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Owen Funeral Home.

Pallbearers include Jimmy Tibbitts, William Gaines, Billy Thomason, Joe Tilley, Gary Nichols, Michael Brock.

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Owen Funeral Home, 12 Collins Dr., Cartersville, Ga., is honored to serve the family of Doyal Ruff.