Hylton, Ruby Clarkson
Ruby Clarkson Hylton, of Pearisburg, passed away on Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at the age of 94. She was the daughter of the late Oliver Marshall Clarkson and Pearl Hoke Clarkson and was born in Laurel Branch, Monroe County, W.Va. on July 19, 1914. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph G. Hylton; her twin brother, Talbert N. Clarkson, her brother, F. Vernon Clarkson, and her sister, Orean Clarkson Lipes. She was educated in Monroe County public schools and attended Marshall College, Huntington W.Va. and Concord College, Athens, W.Va. Before moving to Giles County she taught school in Monroe County, West Virginia and Allegheny and Craig County, Virginia. Her last 20 years as an educator were spent teaching English, Social Studies, and World Geography at Giles High School in Pearisburg. She was a faithful member of the Pearisburg First United Methodist Church and former president of the United Methodist Women of the Church. She was a member of the Pearisburg Woman’s Club, having served as president for two terms, a charter member of Alpha Delta Kappa, a Teacher Sorority, and a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. She is survived by two sons and five grandchildren: Dr. Joseph Gordon Hylton and wife, Monica, of Charlottesville, and Miles Talbert Hylton, an attorney in Roanoke; grandchildren, Jessica Hylton, of Salem, and Veronica, Elizabeth, Caroline and Joseph Gordon Hylton III, of Charlottesville. She is also survived by five nieces and nephews: Jeanne Guthrie and Rosemary Stamper, of New Castle, Caroline Carpenter and Schuyler Clarkson, of Staunton, and Donna Odom, of Richmond. The funeral will be held at First United Methodist Church in Pearisburg, at 2 p.m., on Friday, May 29, 2009. The service will be conducted by the Rev. Ronnie Mutter and the Rev. Brad Scott. Visitation will be held at Givens Funeral Home in Pearisburg from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday. The family will also meet with friends at the church one hour prior to the services. Burial will follow in Birchlawn Burial Park in Pearisburg. Online condolences can be sent to the family at givensfuneralhome.com.