VANCEBURG -- Mr. Aubrey L. Ruggles, Age 78, of Tollesboro, passed away Friday Jan. 5, 2018, at the V.A. Medical Center in Lexington, after an extended illness.

Aubrey was born in Ribolt on June 28, 1939, to the late George Thomas and Mildred May Ruggles.

Aubrey was a lifelong farmer and was manager for the Maysville Independent Warehouse and the Eastern Kentucky Tobacco Warehouse in Morehead.

His hobbies included raising a garden and playing dominoes, cornhole and rook. Aubrey was the last surviving member of the Gospel group the Bethel Trio. He was a member of the Bethel Community Church. He was a United States Army Veteran which he so proudly served. Aubrey loved his grandchildren and adored his great grandchildren.

Surviving Aubrey is his wife of 39 years, whom he married in 1978, Thelma Moore Ruggles of Tollesboro; three daughters, Tammy Lynn Ruggles of Tollesboro, Malena Ruggles of Maysville and Angela Howard and her husband, Jeff of Mount Sterling; four sons, Rex Ruggles and his wife, Paula, Gordon Ruggles and his companion, Tracy Applegate, Marty Ruggles and his wife, Connie and Aubrey Ray (Bub) Ruggles, all of Tollesboro; step-son, Charles Butler and his wife, Patty of Vanceburg; step-daughter, Karen Ammiott of Mount Orab, Ohio; brother, Donald Ruggles of Tollesboro; sister, Bonnie Walters and her husband, Ben of Sharpsburg; half-brother, George Thomas Ruggles Jr. of Danville. Several grandchildren and great-grandchildren also survive who will mourn his passing.

Preceding him in death besides his parents, were two sons, Darren Joe Ruggles and a son in infancy, Gene Lee Ruggles; one sister, Carol Doyle; and a brother, Larry Ruggles.

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Services will be Monday Jan. 8, 2018, at 1 p.m. at the Gaydos Funeral Home 159 2nd street Vanceburg, Ky. 41179 with Brother Kevin Applegate officiating. Military graveside rites will be accorded by the V.F.W. Post 5438 Monte Lewis Stamm, Vanceburg, Ky.

Burial will follow in the Bethel Cemetery Ribolt. Pallbearers for Aubrey L. Ruggles will be Jeff Howard, Austin Ferrell, Jonathon Ruggles, Dylan Ruggles, Todd Wisecup and Mike Ruggles. Honorary pallbearers will be Zane and Zach Ruggles.

Visitation will be Monday from 11 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.

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