Ruby Diane Hedgepeth

Ruby Diane Hedgepeth, 72, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 4, 2024, at Sentara Careplex in Hampton, VA.  Ruby was born June 20, 1951, in Fayetteville, NC.  She was the daughter of the late Teofilo Delacruz and Hurley Hathcock Delacruz.  Ruby was a faithful member of Liberty Baptist Church in Hampton, VA. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, James T. Hedgepeth, Sr. of Hampton, VA; one sister, Emma Mae Covar of Fayetteville, NC; three brothers, Dominador Delacruz of Warren, MI, Teofilo Delacruz, Jr. and Pering Delacruz, both of Fayetteville, NC. 

Ruby is survived by her son, James T. Hedgepeth, Jr. (Tony); three sisters, Rosine Dexter of Woodbridge, VA, JoAnn Canell of Garner, NC, and Evelyn Faye Lee of Fayetteville, NC; and several nieces and nephews. 

A visitation at Peninsula Funeral Home will be held Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The Celebration of Life will follow at 11:00 a.m.

She was very special to our family and will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter in Newport News, VA.


  1. Deborah Lynn Wilson

    May you be at Peace, your smile and great humor will be missed. I am grateful i had the opportunity to meet you and share some time.

  2. Donna Vaughn

    Aunt Diane,
    You will be sorely missed, but it brings much peace and joy to our hearts to know that you are now in the arms of Jesus…no more pain…no more suffering…feeling the Love of your Savior and Lord.✝️

    What a wonderful example you are to all of us…. of a life lived in devotion to God…🤗💕
    Matthew 24:21
    Her Lord said unto her, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord”.

  3. Renee Skupny (DelaCruz)

    Aunt Diane I am so sorry of your passing I am happy that you are not suffering you were one of the sweetest people I know. You always took care of others. I really wish I would of came and visited. I love you, you will be truly missed.

  4. Mandie

    Aunt Diane you were one of my role models growing up. You where a amazing aunt I will miss you terribly. I love Aunt Diane forever will cherish our memories.

    • Jerry and Cheryl Cagle

      Diane was a special friend and we will miss her. Although we did not see each other often we kept in touch at Christmas and through facebook

  5. Shelly Belair

    Mimi…..what a wonderful and kind person you were. Emery and Murphy loved you so much, thank you for loving them back and taking such good care of them. I will miss seeing you and our talks.

  6. Juanita Jones

    Tony..I know your heart is heavy right now. Your mother and my friend is at peace now. I pray that GOD and family will watch over you now as you enter this chapter of your life without your best caregiver and friend. She is truly missed..I love you both.

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