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Mrs. Ruby Tullis-Ball, daughter of the late Zenith and Estella Jackson was born on May 12, 1935 in Highpoint, North Carolina. She was the third of eight children.   Ruby quietly departed this life on Monday, July 24th 2017. 

At an early age, she gave her life to Christ. Ruby understood the priceless value of her relationship with God. It was instilled in her as a child and reflected in her life as an adult. In her late teens, she moved to Buffalo, NY. Shortly thereafter, she married Benjamin Tullis and they had one child DaJuan. 

She found herself to be gifted with hair, went on to become a licensed beautician. In many ways, Ruby was a pioneer in the late 1950s. At a time, when most women her age were raising children and taking care of their husbands, she became one of a very few successful black woman entrepreneurs in the Buffalo area. Over her 60-year career, she owned three hair salons, a convenience store, restaurant/nightclub owner, and a real estate investor/landlord. With her second husband, Alvin Ball they enjoyed traveling, dining out and new experiences together. 

She was also a great lover of education and prided herself in taking classes at the local community college, as well as, the adult learning center. Ruby loved to cook and was excellent at it. Her other hobbies included playing the piano, shopping and horticulture. For more than 15 years, she won 1st place for the Historic District of Hamlin Park Neighborhood Beautification Award. The beauty of her home reflected her personality and personal style. In fact, Ruby Bell as she was playfully called by her sisters and closest friends, prided herself in being surrounded by beauty and touching others in a beautiful way. 

She was an active member and tither at Greater Hope Baptist Church, for over 30 years under the leadership of the late Reverend John H. Monroe, who was proceeded by Reverend Dr. James C. Blackburn Jr. 
It is our goal as Christians to be as Christ-like as possible and Ruby lived her life on that principle. She did mortuary cosmetology free of charge to all her clients who proceeded her in death. As a result of her generous spirit and pleasant personality, she was loved by many, and considered the matriarch of the family. Her Christian life was as beautiful as the flowers that she loved so well, and her influence will remain in the lives of all who knew her. 

She was preceded in death by her husband Alvin Ball and her siblings Elwood Jackson, Vergie Sehested, Margaret Tullis, Joshua Jackson, Otha “Jack” Jackson and Zenith “Lonnie” Jackson Jr. 

She leaves to mourn her only child Minister DaJuan Tullis-Williams, her granddaughters, Danielle Williams and Darrielle Duplessis, her son-in-law Chris Duplessis and great-grand son, Colston Michael Duplessis; her brother, Donnell Jackson; one whom she loved as a daughter, Loretta Lucas-Cathy, and family friend Michael D. Peoples. She will be greatly missed by a host of devoted nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 

Funeral Arrangement

Costner Funeral Home Chapel

Saturday, August 5, 2017 @ 1:00 P.M.

The family will receive friends for thirty minutes prior to service.
(12:30 until 1:00 P.M.)

Westview Cemetery
Bessemer City, N.C.


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  • Wednesday, August 02, 2017
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  • Thursday, August 03, 2017
    So very sorry for your loss. I did not know her, but it seems that she really enjoyed life. The bible is such a great source of comfort in times such as these. Revelation 21:4 says that God will wipe every tear from our eyes and death and pain will be no more. When we realize that this has to be referring to the earth, it gives us so much comfort and hope.
    ~ Lisa L
  • Thursday, August 10, 2017
    Ithe has come to our knowledge the loss of Ruby. It is a very difficult time; but I hope you can find some comfort in the words of Nahum 1:7 which reads: "Jehovah is good, a stronghold in the day of distress. He is mindful of those seeking refuge in him." Yes, we can totally rely on our Loving God. He also has made the sure promise of a resurrection right here on earth when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Acts 24:15; Psalms 37:9-11, 29, Isaiah 55:11). Then death will be gone forever (Isaiah 25:8; Revelation 21:3,4) Find out more about this resurrection online at JW.ORG
    ~ Rose L