John A. Ruggles

John Allen Ruggles passed away peacefully Saturday, June 27, 2020, at FirstHealth Hospice House.

John was born Jan. 22, 1930, in Hope, Ark., but grew up in Chevy Chase, Md. He was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn A. and Cora Allen Ruggles; his older sister, Jane Ruggles Thomas, and her husband, Jack Thomas; and his older brother, the Rev. Glenn Albertson “Al” Ruggles.

He and his wife, Rosalie “Rosie” Varn Ruggles, met as students at UNC-Chapel Hill in the early 1950s. John graduated with a bachelor’s degree in geology, after which he enlisted in the Army and went through Officer’s Candidate School. He worked with the Army Corps of Engineers in Korea helping to rebuild roads and bridges and a school. After discharge from the Army, he went to work for Humble Oil and Refining Company (now a part of ExxonMobil), first in Florida and then in Louisiana and Texas. He eventually formed his own geological consulting company in Houston, Texas.

He and Rosie moved back to North Carolina in 1990 and to Pinehurst in 1995. An avid golfer, John enjoyed the friendships he made while on the links, and he was a member of the Tin Whistles.

He was a lifelong Presbyterian, serving as both Clerk of the Session and senior administrative officer at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Houston, where he and his wife also taught Sunday School. He was a longtime member of Community Presbyterian Church in Pinehurst and served several terms on its finance committee.

He is survived by his wife, Rosalie; his son, Glenn Allen Ruggles, of The Woodlands, Texas; his daughter, Clare Varn Ruggles, of Pinehurst; his sister-in-law, Joan Butler Ruggles, of Auburn, Ala.; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service at Community Presbyterian Church will be planned once it is safe for people to gather together.

Memorial contributions may be made to Northern Moore Family Resource Center, a nonprofit organization where his daughter, Clare, serves as the executive director. The mailing address is P.O. Box 190, Robbins, NC 27325. Donations may also be made through the organization’s website at

Online condolences may be left at

Services entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Pinehurst.