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Hatchet Rucker

Hatchet Emmitt Rucker

Friday, December 20th, 1929 - Friday, December 21st, 2018
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Mr. Hatchet E. Rucker (RUCK, as he was affectionately known) departed this earthly life on Friday, December 21, 2018. He was blessed with a long life and celebrated his 89th birthday on Thursday, December 20, 2018. He was born in Hartwell, Georgia, on December 20, 1929 and was the son of the late Jeffrey and Beatrice Mattox Rucker. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, BJ (Elizabeth) Rucker, who raised him, Hollis (Ruby) Rucker; two sisters, Geneva Moore, Delaney ( Joe) Holland.

Mr. Rucker was employed by the City of Statesville and Statesville Record and Landmark for several years. Hatchet’s memory will never be forgotten through his loving wife, Martha Ann Rucker of 52 years; two sisters, Ida (James) Martin, of Hartwell, Georgia; Minnie (James) Martin of Statesville; Five daughters, Martha (Luke) Simpson of Martin, Georgia, Jessie Martin of Hartwell, Georgia, Juanita Rucker and Phyllis Simpson both of Statesville, Lea Rucker of St. Louis, Missouri; three sons, Michael Rucker of the home, James Rucker of Charlotte, and Alfred Rucker of Statesville; one step daughter,Virginia Baker of the home; sixteen grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren, 9 great great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends and a host of others who helped ensure a comfortable life.

A celebration of life will be conducted on Sunday, December 30, 2018, at First Baptist Church at 2:00 p.m.. The family will receive friends 1:30- 2 pm at the church. Visit the book of memories for Mr. Hatchet E. Rucker at Rutledge and Bigham is serving the family of Mr. Hatchet E. Rucker.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, December 30th, 2018 | 1:30pm - 2:00pm
    Sunday, December 30th, 2018 1:30pm - 2:00pm
    First Baptist Church Statesville
    464 Garfield Street
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  • Service

    Sunday, December 30th, 2018 | 2:00pm
    Sunday, December 30th, 2018 2:00pm
    First Baptist Church-Statesville
    464 Garfield Street
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  • Interment

    Belmont Cemetery
    Greenbriar Road
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Sarah P. LeCroy

Posted at 02:01pm
We are so sorry for your loss, but rejoicing in his new home! Barnes Academy Family
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Tinney and Judy Rucker Family

Posted at 07:04am
We the Silas and Vinnie Mattox Family Reunion Committee, wishes too extend our most heartfelt and deepest sympathy to the family of Hatchet (Hassie) Rucker. We know that God never makes a mistake and it is in him that we believe and trust that one day we shall see his face. Hassie was one that loved his family and enjoyed every visit from each of them, especially those from Georgia. To his wife, Martha Ann, sisters Ida Ruth and Minnie Lee, children and grandchildren know that we mourn with you during this time and our hearts are broken konwing that Hassie has gone from this walk of life but we know that he's is with the Heavenly father and he is doing just fine. It is our prayers that God will continue to be you each and every pasisng day. The Silas and Vinnie Mattox Reunion Committee Robert A. Mattox, President

Tinney and Judy Rucker Family

Posted at 06:57am
We the descendants of Tinney and Judy (Highsmith) Rucker, are sadden too hear of the passing of cousin Hatchet (Hassie) Rucker. Our hearts are heavy and filled with sorrow knowing that his address has been moved from Statesville, NC but we rejoice in knowing that his new address is somewhere around God's throne. To his wife, sisters, children and grandchildren continue to hold God's unchanging hands. The days will seem long and hard but through Christ you will make, weeping may endure for a night but joy will come in the morning.

Sheila McIntosh

Posted at 09:03pm
To James Rucker and the Rucker family, with deepest sympathy. Sheila McIntosh (Ga.)

ESC Family and Friends

Posted at 09:27am
To Juanita, With deepest sympathy
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