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Mrs. Ruby (Rivers) Doctor Cooper

May 17, 1934 ~ November 30, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old

Mrs. Ruby Doctor Cooper Obituary

Sister Ruby (Rivers) Doctor Cooper was born May 17, 1934, to the late Thomas and Carrie Mae Wright Rivers in Walterboro, South Carolina, the youngest of six children. The family were proud farmers and lived off the land.  The stories and adventures of the Rivers farm was passed down from generation to generation.

Ruby began her Christian walk early in life, was baptized and became a lifelong member of Cypress Creek Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Walterboro, South Carolina.  She was a very dedicated and active member of the church.  During her adult life she diligently served as the Church Secretary and Treasurer for many years.  She also was a faithful member of the Usher Board and the Missionary Society.

Ruby began her education in the public schools of Colleton County.  She was a graduate of Colleton High School.  She was employed by the Colleton County School District working in food service and as a bus driver.  She graciously retired after thirty-two years.

In 1951, Ruby Rivers was united in Holy Matrimony to Bill Monroe Doctor. From this union two children were born, Linda Doctor and Bill Monroe Doctor, Jr.  Ruby loved her children and instilled work ethics and the importance of a good education.  She was also a wonderful grandmother who supported her grandchildren throughout their college years.  Following the death of her first husband, Ruby was later remarried to the late Harold Cooper.  

Ruby’s number one hobby was fishing!  She also enjoyed gardening and growing fruit trees.  Ruby raised farm animals and kept plenty of meat in the smoke house. She loved cooking and was known for her cornbread stuffing. 

In addition to her parents and former spouses, she was preceded in death by her siblings:  Alice Brown, Oleitha Williams, Nehemiah Rivers, Grace North, and Emilie Wade.

Her memory will be cherished by her daughter, Linda P. (Kenneth) Singleton and son, Bill Monroe (Karen) Doctor, Jr. of Walterboro, SC; sister-in-law, Amanda Rivers of Somerville, NJ, Mildred Yates of Ruffin, SC, Josephine Boatwright and Jeanette Wright of Walterboro, SC; brother-in-law, James Doctor of Walterboro, SC.  Grandchildren, Michelle Denise Pinckney and Shawn Bernard Pinckney of Walterboro, SC, Brian Lamont (Vinsy) Pinckney of Charlotte, NC, Jermaine Stephens of Philadelphia, PA, Darren Beaufort of Summerville, SC.  Great Grandchildren, Bria Pinckney and Reese Pinckney of Charlotte, NC.  A host of nieces, grand nieces, nephews, grand nephews and other relatives and friends

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Public Viewing
December 4, 2023

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Stephens Funeral Home
1767 Jefferies Hwy.
Walterboro, SC 29488

Celebration of Life
December 5, 2023

11:00 AM
Cypress Creek Christian Church
7 Cypress Pond Road
Walterboro, SC 29488

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