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Alma A. Fuquay

October 29, 1926 ~ May 22, 2020

Services will be held: May 25, 2020

Delores Irene Caskey

July 1, 1939 ~ May 21, 2020

Services will be held:

Lyman Danziel Gregory

January 1, 1931 ~ May 21, 2020

Services will be held: May 27, 2020

Linda Grice Byrd

July 7, 1938 ~ May 20, 2020

Services will be held:

Ted Darrell Austin

February 17, 1930 ~ May 19, 2020

Services will be held: May 23, 2020

Allen Max Matthews

January 1, 1934 ~ May 18, 2020

Services will be held: May 23, 2020

Wandra A. Raynor

October 29, 1942 ~ May 17, 2020

Services will be held:

Larry W. James

March 28, 1948 ~ May 18, 2020

Services will be held:

Joseph Bennett Rucker

October 26, 1954 ~ June 11, 2019

GARNER – Joe Rucker, 64, went to his heavenly home on Tuesday. Born in Charlotte, he was the son of the late Dana Henry Rucker, III and Mary Ruth Bennett Rucker.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 15th at 4:00 pm at Highland Baptist Church, Raleigh. The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 pm at the church prior to the service.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Judy B. Rucker; sons, Joseph Bennett Rucker, Jr. and wife, Jenny of Garner, Brandon “Summy” Rucker of Surf City and Aaron “A.T.” Rucker and wife, Sarah of Holly Springs; a granddaughter, Lauren Rebecca Rucker of Garner; sister, Donna Rucker Holcombe of Huntersville; brother, Robert Dana Rucker and wife, Debbie of Weddington.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Share the Table of Surf City, www.sharethetablenc.com or GiGi’s Playhouse of Raleigh, gigisplayhouse.org/raleigh in Joe’s memory.


June 15, 2019

2:00-4:00 PM

Highland Baptist Church
8524 Crowder Rd. Raleigh, NC 27603


June 15, 2019

4:00 PM

Highland Baptist Church
8524 Crowder Rd. Raleigh, NC 27603


  1. Dana Rucker

    Oh Brother, I miss you dearly. You left us too early. Dana

  2. Debbie Rucker

    Joe was such a fine husband, devoted father and grandfather, but he was also a good son, brother and uncle. <3 My mind has been stuck contemplating on whether Mom and Dad met Joe at the Gate or if he surprised them in their mansion. A Godly woman settled it for me. It was instantanious for all three. While I'm glad they were there to great him, it's extremely sad to have him gone from our lives and gone from your lives most of all.
    Judy, Joseph, Jenny, Lauren, Summy, AT, Sarah, and Catherine , may God heal your hearts, may He give you strength for each new day and may He fill your minds with the best memories every moment of each day.
    God bless you,

  3. Beth & Jay Bennett

    The community has lost a good man. Our prayers are with the family at this difficult time. Joe will be remembered fondly by his Civitan family.

  4. AnnMarie Kaiser

    Judy, my heart is broken for you. Joe was such a sweet man. May our Savior wrap his arms around you and your family. I will be in NJ and won’t be able to attend his service at Highland Church. I know Pastor Greene will take good care of you.

  5. Kathy Grey

    Uncle Joe, you left us way to soon, though I know you are reunited with Granddad and Grandmother. I miss you terribly! Love you, Kathy

  6. Brookie Wood

    Sending our sympathy and prayers.

    Kenny and Brookie Wood and family

  7. Darla Baker

    Judy, thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I will always remember fondly our times together as Tupperware and Civitan family.

  8. Steve Blume

    I can’t believe I’m reading this. I’m in shock. The only solice is knowing you’re in Heaven with the rest of your family. Lots of good memories growing up together. Prayers for Judy, family and friends. A reminder how short and precious life is. God speed.

  9. Timmy Evans

    Thinking of you and your family.

  10. Bill Gugino

    May God Bless

  11. Lori Fultz Schmitt

    Our condolences to all the family and friends. We are so sorry for your loss. We are praying for comfort in the days ahead. We know you will miss Joe tremendously. Much love!

    The Fultz & Schmitt Family ❤️

  12. Denise Cavenaugh

    We are so sorry for your loss. We will keep you and your family in our prayers..
    Gary and Denise Cavenaugh

  13. Cindy Quinn

    R I P Joe
    So sorry to hear of this news
    Prayers for comfort at this time
    (((Hugs))) to you all
    ~Cindy & Jamie Quinn~

  14. Lila Wilcox

    Summy, May God put your dad in a special place from where he will be watching you and the people who loved and cherished him. And may our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Please accept our sincere condolences. Lila & David Wilcox

  15. Amy Helm

    Summy I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Many prayers going up for you and your family. Amy Helm

  16. Jim Campbell

    My heart broke this morning when I saw this.
    Joe has been a friend for forty years. A friend I did not
    see all the time, but each time was as if we saw each other everyday.
    Our times working together at Belk Stores Services are some of my best memories
    May your Faith in Our Lord carry you through this time.
    Love to you and your sons!

  17. Terri and TJ Pierce

    Summy and family,
    TJ and I can not begin to express our sincerest condolences. We will continue to pray for all of you for strength and comfort during these trying times. Love and prayers.
    Terri and TJ Pierce

  18. Sandy Born

    Summy and family,
    Billy and I send our heartfelt condolences. No words can express such a loss but please know you are being thought of with love and prayers.

  19. Judyann Peralta Williamson

    Judy and family,
    So very sorry to hear the news. Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel about Joe’s shortened life. We are thinking of you and praying for peace and comfort during this difficult time. May God sustain you with strength now and always. We love you and are here for you.
    Judy, Matthew and Michael Williamson

  20. Laurie kemper

    Judy and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My family, Jennifer Evan’s Nicol, Josh Evan’s, and Elijah and I, (Laurie Kemper , formally Evans) send condolences. Great memories of Pop Warner football together back a few years ago. Also , Judy, you were my Tupperware lady. Hugs

  21. Robert and Terri Pennington

    Joe was not just one of the good guys. He was the best. God Speed, Joe.

    Robert and Terri Pennington

  22. Vann Powell

    Judy and Family. Cathy and I are so sorry to hear about Joe. That was quite a shock. We spent many hours on the ball field with Joe during our Gamer baseball years. In recent years it was always great seeing you guys at Angie’s Restaurant. We are so sorry for your loss and we will be Praying for you and your family.

  23. Anthony & LuAnne Smith

    Joe, you will be missed. We enjoyed all those years at Garner Baseball and LuAnne really enjoyed teaching your sons at East Garner. We pray your family will find comfort and strength knowing you are now with God.

  24. Chip Monroe

    I was so sorry to hear about Joe. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

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