Burdie E Rucker


Burdie E. Rucker, age 91, has completed her earthly assignment and was called home to be with the Lord on March 5, 2021. She passed away peacefully in the presence of her family at home, in Columbus, Ohio.

Burdie was born on April 17, 1929 to Charles and Carrie Wright Gillespie in Banks County Georgia. She was one of eight children born to their union. She spent her childhood in Commerce Georgia, attending Franklin County schools.

She was baptized early in life at Neal’s Grove Baptist Church in Georgia and re-baptized in 1999 at God’s House of Prayer in Columbus, Ohio.

Burdie married Timothy Rucker at an early age, and they were blessed with four daughters, Annie, Cora, Elizabeth, Lorine, and two sons, Timothy Jr, and Samuel. She was affectionately called “Big Momma” by her family.

Burdie worked for many years on the family farm and a chicken processing plant before moving to Ohio. After starting her family, she was a devoted mother and housewife, who loved the Lord.

Burdie adored the color pink. She was a stylish woman, known for her fashionable hats and jewelry. She enjoyed ordering Avon, gardening, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. Big Momma will truly be missed by all.

Burdie is preceded in death by her parents and siblings, husband Timothy Rucker, daughters, Annie Jones and Elizabeth Bland, grandchildren, Gerald, Thomas and Loretta Hagwood, and Tommy Christopher David.

She leaves to cherish her memory, daughters Lorine Montigue, Cora David, sons Samuel D. (Alberta), Timothy Jr. (Carol); a host of grandchildren, great grand-children, other relatives and friends.

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Private Visitation 10:00 AM and Private Funeral Service 11:00 AM Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST 5456 E. Livingston Ave. (one block east of Noe Bixby, turn north on Lonsdale Rd.). Mask and Social Distancing are required. Interment at Glen Rest.


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Condolence Messages

  1. Wilbur & Rosalyn Green

    With deepest sympathy to the Rucker Family during this time of loss. You loved her but God loved her more. May God comfort and keep you, knowing that Ms. Burdie is in a better place with God; No suffering and no pain.

  2. Shwana Garner

    Sending my prayers and condolences to the Rucker family on the loss of a wonderful woman.

  3. Our prayers are with you Pam Rucker and Family during this tome of your Loss Mother.

    Traylon and Crystal Smith

  4. Condolences to PM Rucker and Family from the Russell W.Pace Sr Past Master Club

    Traylon Smith and the Past Master Club

  5. Sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you during these times. Our condolences to the Rucker family. PM W Dan and Renessa Coleman.

  6. Ronald & Joyce Sidney

    With Sincere Sympathies to Dave on the loss of your Mother and the Rucker Families on the loss of your loved one. Ms. Burdie was always so kind and pleasant and truly loved her family and friends, she will be missed. May you find peace as you grieve and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. Rommey and Lori Stepney Jr

    My deepest condolences to the Rucker family and friends.

  8. Rosita & Rosie Lee McDonald

    My deepest condolences to the Rucker family for the loss of Mother Rucker. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  9. You are in my thoughts and prayers with sympathy
    Thinking of the family in these difficult times and sending love.

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