Ruby L. Sullivan. "Absent from the Body and Present with the Lord". Ruby was born April 27,1929 in Cloverdale, Alabama and was carried to her heavenly home on Thursday, October 14, 2021 from Wellbridge in Fenton,with her son by her bedside. Ruby was loved by all who had the pleasure of knowing her, she never met a stranger. She was a true "Southern Belle." She was an active member of Center Star Baptist Church in Killen, Alabama until moving back to Michigan where she attended First Baptist Church of Fenton. Ruby is survived by her son, Danny (Georgina) Bates of Fenton; five grandchildren, Jeffrey Bates of Flint, Danny (Suzanne) Bates Jr. of Royal Oak, Jason (Danielle) Bates of Rochester Hills, Clifton (Crystal) Bates of Killen, AL, and John (Alyssa) Bates of Rogersville, AL. She is also survived by twelve great-grandchildren; two great-great- grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews. Ruby was predeceased by her parents, Johnny Frank and Eleanor Butler; daughter, Priscilla Bates; son, Clifton Bates; three sisters, Shelby Smith, Evelyn Murphy, Dorothy Stowe; brother, Johnny Harold Butler; and granddaughter, Leann Bates. Cremation has taken place and her remains will be taken back to Alabama to join her deceased husband Hank and her son Clifton on the Tennessee River. Special thanks to the caregivers at Wellbridge in Fenton and also Julie from Compassus Hospice. Arrangements are being handled by Sharp Funeral Homes, Fenton Chapel, 1000 Silver Lake Rd., Fenton. Those desiring may make contributions to Compassus Hospice. I will miss her buttermilk biscuits and sausage gravy as well as her southern fried chicken and chicken and dumplings and homemade chocolate pies. But most of all, I will miss her telling me how much she loved me. Mom's favorite scripture was Romans 8:28 "And we know that all things work together for good to them that know God, to them who are called according to his purpose." Gone, but not forgotten. We shall meet again. Love, your son. www.sharpfuneralhomes.com.