Ruby R. Kinard


Ruby R. Kinard

Brice Herndon Funeral Homes

Mrs. Ruby R. Kinard, 87, of Rum Gully, entered into eternal rest, Friday, August 12, 2022, at her residence.

Born April 30, 1935 in Varnville, SC, Ruby was a daughter of the late Hammie and Maggie Rahn of Islandton.

She was a member of Peniel Baptist Church in Islandton, where in her younger years, she was dedicated to all activities of

the church, especially the music ministry. She had a wonderful God-given gift for signing, playing the piano and guitar playing.

During the years of raising her family, that she loved so deeply, she worked tirelessly on the family farm and outside the home as an LPN at the Walterboro Hospital and also at Young Wear Manufacturing in Smoaks. Ruby instilled a strong work ethic in her children, but she also taught them that taking the time to have fun in life was just as important as working hard.  She spent many days with her family fishing from the banks of the Barns Lake, Rice Landings and the outlets of the Little Salkehatchie River, followed by great fish fries with many of the kin folks and neighbors joining in. She was also called “Granny” and was known for her delicious southern cooking, quick wit, love and compassion for her family.

The greatest legacy Ruby leaves for us all is her unwavering witness for her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It was her greatest desire to make sure those she came in contact with knew about the love Jesus has for everyone through the message of his shed blood on the cross that leads to salvations and eternal life.  For many years, when her children were young, she would load them up in the station wagon to go to local churches to sing praises to God and proclaim his love to the lost. They became known as the “Martin Quartet”. She was a mighty prayer warrior and the daily prayers she prayed for her family and friends will be so greatly missed.

Years after Ruby was widowed by Jack Martin, her husband and father of her children, whom she was so devoted to for nearly forty years, she met and fell in love with her “Dawlin Willis”. They were married for sixteen years. They hosted many Sunday dinners, holiday gathering and back porch visits for family and friends. They spent their golden years together, happy and so much in love, until sickness came and he passed on to Heaven in September, 2021.

Ruby is survived by sons, Jack (Ernie Hughes) and Robert Martin of Rum Gully; daughters, Debbie Martin Jones of Islandton, and Alice Martin (Mark) Givens of Ruffin; son-in-law, Homer Murdaugh of Islandton, twelve grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, several step grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren. Many cousins, nieces and nephews; step children, Dean (Judy) and Beth Kinard and their families. There are two surviving sisters; Rachel Bryan of Ruffin and Vivian Padgett of Islandton, brother-in-law, Ted (Becky) Kinard and sister-in-law, Joyce Breland all of Walterboro.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willis; daughter, Carolyn Murdaugh, one brother, Lynell Rhan. She also leaves behind her god sent fur baby, River who stayed by her side and gave her much joy and laughter.

Memorials may be made to Peniel Baptist Church, 37 Forks Road Islandton, South Carolina 29929.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon, August 14, 2022, from Peniel Baptist Church, 37 Forks Road, Islandton. The Reverend Mark Givens and Pastor Gerald Mabry officiating. Interment to follow in the churchyard.  The family will receive friends prior to the funeral ceremony beginning at 2 o’clock that afternoon in the sanctuary.

Arrangements by:   THE BRICE W. HERNDON AND SONS FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATORY, WALTERBORO CHAPEL, 1193 Bells Hwy, Walterboro, SC, 29488. Visit the guestbook online at: