Ms. Ruby Lee Rackley Black Owens


Ms. Ruby Lee Rackley Black Owens, age 82, of Chatsworth, Georgia, departed this life Wednesday evening, September 1, 2021, at her home. Momma, (Mamaw Ruby, Miss Ruby, Ruby Lee, The little lady with a hat.) She grew up at Ridgeway Boat Ramp, where dirt meets the pavement. She would wake up with snow on her blanket with 5 other kids in bed. She had newspaper on the walls to keep the cold out, but she was always loved. She grew up to raise 4 children by herself, after becoming a widow. She was a strong, opinionated and loving momma. She was an independent woman before her time. She drove hysters in the 1970’s. She sold her biscuits at work so we would have lunch and spending money. We will miss her biscuits, chicken and dumplings. She loved jokes, laughing and being happy. Momma loved to talk to anyone. She never missed a birthday call to sing happy birthday to us, because each of our “Birth Day” was her happiest days. Our Angel Momma is gone from earth but she left a lot here in happy memories and love for all. We love you Momma. P.S. We’ll watch out for bears and snakes. 

She was born December 14, 1938 in Ellijay, Ga., a daughter of the late John William Rackley and Clomie Vilinda Townsend. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Troy Black; stepsons, Houston Owens, Leroy Black; daughters, Mary Walker, Mildred Black, Shelby Sullivan, Barbara Black; stepmother, Elsie Rackley.   

She is survived by her children, Boyd and Deb Black, Bryan and Lisa Black of Chatsworth, Ga.; Maranda Clayborn and her daughter Peyton Clayborn with her father Michael of Ringgold, Ga.; Sandra and Vince Silvers of Chatsworth; stepsons, Mark and Angie Owens, Anthony Owens of Dalton, Ga.; brothers, JD Burchfield, Ronald Rackley of Dalton, Ga.; Michael Rackley of Arizona; sister, Rhonda Davis, Rita Maeger of Dalton, Ga.; grandchildren, John, Joe, Marissa, Heath, Jason, Nathan, Tiffany, Jerome, Wesley, Rebecca, Damon, Trista, Joseph, Memorie, Zach, Justin, Shasta, and Haley; 24 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild; several nieces and nephews.

Service to celebrate the life of Ms. Ruby Lee was held on Saturday September 4, 2021, at 11 a.m. from the Ponders Melrose Chapel with William Silvers and Curtis Silvers officiating. Interment followed in the Ponders Colonial Hills Memorial Park Cemetery with Jason Silvers, Nathan Silvers, Wesley Davis, Joseph Locke, John Amyx, and Damon Postell serving as pallbearers.   

Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Arrangements by Ponders Melrose Chapel, 138 Melrose Drive, Dalton, GA 30721, (706) 226-4002.


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