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January 20, 1940 ~ February 17, 2018 (age 78)

Barbara Jean Baker Rucker

Age 78

Of Athens

Passed away Saturday, February 17, 2018  

At NHC Healthcare of Athens


A native of Sevierville and longtime resident of McMinn County, she was the daughter of the late James and Ella Allen Baker and was preceded in death by her husband, W.C. Rucker; son, Tim Rucker; two brothers, Mayford Baker and Carlos Baker; two sisters, Ruth Galyon and Katherine Reed. She was a member of Pope Ave. Baptist Church.


Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law,

   Kim and Robert Freeman of Athens

One son and daughter-in-law,

   Ronnie and Donzella Couch of Athens

Grandchildren: Brad and Priscilla Couch, April and Scott Wallace, Angie Couch, Lacey and Marco McKeehan, Jennie and Jacob Million, Travis Rucker, and Leeza Mullins.

 12 great grandchildren: Alex, Ben, Braden, Brooklyn, Londyn, Memphis, Kylie, Ty, Taylor, Gavyn, Aubrey, and Hunter.

One sister and brother-in-law,

   Trudy and Keith Cable of Maryville

One brother and sister-in-law,

   Kenneth and Carol Baker of Seymour

Sister-in-law and her husband,

   Ruth and Lynn Humphreys


Special care givers: Kim Moses, Kallee Moses, Amanda Raper, Ashley Stafford and Diane Shelton.

Special thanks for their care to Athens Dialysis Clinic, Staff of NHC Healthcare of Athens and Hospice of Chattanooga.


Funeral services will be 7 pm Monday in the chapel of Ziegler Funeral Home with the Rev. Van Elkins and Rev. Michael Smith officiating. Burial will be 11 am Tuesday in Edgemon Cemetery in Ten Mile, TN.


Pallbearers will be Brad Couch, Scott Wallace, Jacob Million, Kenny Baker, Danny Ray Baker, and Jamie Moses.


The family will receive friends 5-7 pm Monday at the funeral home.


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Ziegler Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care of Barbara Jean Baker Rucker.

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