Born: January 21, 1922
Died: February 06, 2014
“Miss Ruby”, Ruby Frey (Carley) Thompson, a lifelong resident of Amite, died at 1:15 a.m. on Thursday morning at North Oaks Medical Center after suffering a stroke at her home on Duncan Avenue. She was 92. She was preceded in death by her parents, Eva Doughty Frey and Samuel Douglas Frey, her husband, Robert Y. (Bobby) Thompson, Jr., and two brothers, Robert Lee Frey and Samuel Douglas Frey, Jr. She is survived by a sister, Eva Mae Frey Morris of Hillsdale; four sons and daughters-in-law, Gerald G. and Brenda Carley of Fairhope, AL, John Robert and Karen Thompson of Ponchatoula, Samuel James and Nancy Thompson of Tickfaw, and Robert Young Thompson III of Amite; eight grandchildren, David W. Carley of Baton Rouge, Kevin W. Carley of Mobile, AL, Kristen Elizabeth Taylor Murray of Ponchatoula, James Michael Thompson of Golden Valley, AZ, Robert Brandon Thompson of Sanford, NC, John Carl Thompson of Amite, Bradley Young Thompson of Amite, and Kevin Paul Thompson of Amite; eight great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren, and hundreds of former students and piano students she has taught over the past 70 years. Miss Ruby was a graduate of Amite High School, Southeastern Louisiana University, and Louisiana State University. She taught school in Kentwood, Spring Creek, Chesbrough, Amite and at Oak Forest Academy, where she also served as principal. She served as Choir Director or Organist first at the Amite Methodist Church and later at the Amite Southern Methodist Church for over 60 years, continuing into her 90’s, including last Sunday. She was a longtime member of the UDC, and the DAR (over 50 years), and a member of the Southern Methodist Church of Amite. An accomplished pianist, “Miss Ruby” has performed in many local events, accompanying local talent in a wide variety of events for years. Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Sunday and continuing at First Southern Methodist Church, Amite, from 9 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. on Monday, February 10, 2014. Services conducted by Rev. Darwin Brecheen. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.