Longtime businessman, grocer Herbert Ramey dies at 81

August 06, 2022


July 7, 1941-Aug. 5, 2022

Funeral services for Herbert E. Ramey, 81, of Waynesboro, will be at 2

p.m. on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022 from First Baptist Church of Waynesboro,

with Dr. Steve Smith officiating. Visitation will be from 12-2 p.m. on

Monday, Aug. 8, 2022 from First Baptist Church of Waynesboro.

Following the funeral services, interment will take place at Serenity

Gardens Cemetery in Waynesboro.

Born on Monday, July 7, 1941 to the late Herbert E. Ramey, Sr., and Ruth

Clanton Ramey, he was a lifelong resident of Waynesboro, where he was a

member of First Baptist Church of Waynesboro and an integral part of the

local business community.

Beginning as a teenager, he worked with his father and brother in

Waynesboro to establish and then expand Ramey's Grocery Store locations

across southern Mississippi and Alabama. Throughout his life, he

dedicated himself to the grocery business and was proud to have his son

and son-in-law continue the tradition of serving the grocery needs of

local communities.

Loved by all of those who knew him, he had a passion of life and enjoyed

spending his days at the grocery store, farming, hunting, fishing,

visiting the beach, cheering on Alabama football, watching the markets,

having a nice glass of wine and sharing quality with his ever-expanding


He died on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022 at Wayne General Hospital, surrounded by

his family.

He is survived by his three children and their spouses, Kimberly Ramey

and Mike Ford of Waynesboro, Herbert Bradford and Charlene Ramey of

Purvis and Heather Ramey, M.D. and Chris Haley of Fairhope, Ala.; his

sister, Ouida Draughn of Waynesboro; nine grandchildren and their

respective spouses, Nathan and Kristen Ford of Brandon, Holly and Alex

Bishop of Franklin, Tenn, Maggie Ford of Nashville, Tenn., Taylor and

Kristen Ramey, Ford and Laken Ramey and Lily Ramey, all of Purvis, and

Patrick Haley, Sam Haley and Ramey Haley, all of Fairhope; and three

great-grandchildren, Charlie Kate Ramey, Mary Ford Ramey and Parker

Ramey, all of Purvis.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Gilbert Ramey; his father,

Herbert E. Ramey, Sr.; his mother, Ruth Clanton Ramey; his son, Gilbert

Brian Ramey; and his brother, James Franklin "Jimmy" Ramey.

In lieu of usual remembrances, donations may be made to the University

of Alabama, Herbert Ramey Endowed Scholarship, Box 870101, Tuscaloosa,

AL 35486 to fund a scholarship awarded to University of Alabama sudents

form Mississippi, with preference given to those from Wayne County.

Donations can be mailed, made online at

https://give.ua.edu/?d=0CD27EF7-E4B5-445A-8281-C04A52D8094D or by

scanning the code above with your smartphone.

Roll Tide!

An online guestbook can be signed at www.freemanfh.com.

Freeman Funeral Home of Waynesboro is in charge of arrangements.