Mr. Jimmy Thompson “Tom” Rucker

May 7, 2014


Mr. Jimmy Thompson “Tom” Rucker, 85, of Elberton, Georgia passed away Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at AthensRegionalMedicalCenter.

Tom was the son of the late James W. “Jim” and Reba Yeargin Rucker.  He was widowed after 55 years of marriage to the late Aletha Carlton Rucker.  Tom worked in the trucking industry all his life, having owned and operated Rucker Auto & Truck Repair.  He was a faithful member of DewyRoseBaptistChurch.

Tom is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Robin and Tony Hover;  two grandchildren:  Lauren Hover of Savannah, and LeeAnn Hover of Statesboro;  two sisters: Phyllis Brooks (Steve) of Elberton, and Frances Guest (Herman) of Carlton;  and three brothers: Bobby Rucker (Foye), Billy Rucker (Betty Sue), and Richard Rucker (Bridgett) all of Elberton.  He also leaves behind a long-time friend, Gwen Turner of Elberton; a brother-in-law, Ray Harris (Ogretta) of Bowman; a sister-in-law, Betty Carlton (George) of Elberton;  and several nieces and nephews.

A service to celebrate Tom’s life will be Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. at DewyRoseBaptistChurch, with Rev. Kenny Martin and Rev. Gary Purvis officiating.  A time of visitation will be at 3:30 p.m. just prior to the service.  Interment will follow at ElmhurstCemetery, Elberton.  Tom’s nephews will be serving as pallbearers.

Flowers will be graciously accepted, or memorials may be made to DewyRoseBaptistChurch, P.O. Box 149, Dewy Rose, GA 30634.

Hicks Funeral Home of Elberton is honored to be serving the family of Mr. Jimmy Thompson “Tom” Rucker. .