Mary Della Lee Rucker

Mary Della Lee Rucker, better known as Bobbie of Copperhill, Tenn., passed away Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Ducktown, Tenn.

She was born June 9, 1921, in Springtown, Tenn., to the late Rev. Bill and Mattie Lee.

She is preceded in death by husband, the Rev. Arthur Rucker; and son, Bill Rucker.

She was saved and joined Springtown Baptist Church as a child and never forgot her Lord and Savior. She attended and was considered to be a member of McCaysville Gospel Tabernacle.

Bobbie was a member of the Joy Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church of McCaysville. Her life revolved around people, and she shared her love for people. She spent most of her life in radio broadcasting. She did not retire until she was 79 years old. She was known as the voice of the Copper Basin and north Georgia. She began her career at WLSB Radio in Copperhill, Tenn., and then at WPPL in Blue Ridge. She bought a second home in Jasper, after becoming the owner of WLJA Radio in Ellijay. She managed her son’s radio stations WYYZ in Jasper, and WKRP in Dallas, prior to his death.

She sang in a gospel quartet, “The Lee Family,” for several years. Bobbie was honored in Who’s Who of American Women in 1993/1994 by the Marquis Who’s Who Publications Board.

She is survived by daughter, Rita Rucker, of the home; grandson, Bill Rucker Jr.; granddaughters, Audrina Ward and Natalie Ashton; nine great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Patsy Barr; brother, J.W. Lee; sisters, Lennie Messmore and Essie Stanfil and caregivers, Jan Cook, Anita Green and Emma Lou Ledford.

Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, from Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge Chapel with the Rev. Ronnie Crisp, the Rev. Matthew McDaniel, the Rev. Scott Baugh and the Rev. Nathan Stuart officiating.

Music was by the McCaysville Gospel Tabernacle Choir.

Interment followed in the Campground Baptist Church Cemetery.

Great-grandsons and nephews served as pallbearers.

The Joy Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church of McCaysville, Pastor Denise Caldwell, Becca Simmons and deacons of McCaysville Gospel Tabernacle served as honorary pallbearers.

Condolences can be made at

Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge was in charge of arrangements.

Times Courier

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