The funeral service will be held at 12:00 P.M., Monday, October 3, 2016 at the Magnolia Missionary Baptist Church, 415 Hosie Waters Street, Montezuma, Georgia. Pastor Hosie Waters will officiate. Burial will follow at the Mt. Pleasant Church Cemetery, Whiteline Street, Montezuma, Georgia.
Mary was born in Montezuma, Macon County, Georgia, on November 4, 1936 to the late Deacon J.D. Colbert Sr., and Nellie Mae Colbert- Jones. She was educated in the public school system of Macon County. At an early age, she confessed Christ as her personal Savior. She was a member Magnolia Missionary Baptist Church in Montezuma, Georgia where she served on the Missionary Ministry. In November 1956, Mary met and married the love of her life, the late J.L. Rucker. To this union, five children were born and reared. Mrs. Mary was a homemaker who enjoyed and devoted her life to caring for her family.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her five children Cornelia (Willie) Oliver - Fredericksburg, Virginia , Alexander Rucker, Estella Rucker, Charlotte Deniece Rucker all of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Ronald Lee Rucker (Palvelie) Rucker - Marshallville, Georgia; grandchildren Dwayne Maurice Bates, Jr. - Silver Spring, Maryland, Chantilly De ’Anne Oliver Cross (Antawan) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, Dominic Chavez Smith - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Leah Renee Oliver - Phenix City, Alabama, Chauncey Trey (Leslie) Smith - Matthews, North Carolina, Avisha Rucker - Albany, Georgia, Rontravious Rucker - Marshallville, Georgia; great-grandchildren Marion Harper - Bowie, Maryland, MiKaila Aleah Cross - Fredericksburg, Virginia, Sienna Michelle Smith - Matthews, North Carolina; Brothers: Ronald Green - Jacksonville, Florida, Robert (Meryl) Jones - Seattle, Washington, James D. (Larether) Colbert - College Park, Georgia, Gene P. (Shelia) Colbert - McDonough, Georgia, Robert(Marilyn) Howard - Augusta, Georgia, Jewel (Linda) Howard, Curtis (Alice)Howard, Pastor Marvin (Susie) Howard - Savannah, Georgia, Minister George (Elaine) Clayton - Americus, Georgia, Jimmy (Thelma ) Daniels, Larry (Janet) Daniels all of Oglethorpe, Georgia. Sisters: Mary Louise (Willie) Hampton - Albany, Georgia, Annie (Ronnie) Cohen, Delores (Leroy) Stokes all of Jacksonville, Florida, Evangelist Carolyn (Abraham) Cokley - Americus, Georgia, Denice Colbert, Elizabeth Colbert, Linda (Leon) Smith all of Reynolds, Georgia, and Emma Rumph - Fort Valley, Georgia; a host of nieces, nephews, other family members and friends including Mother Gussie Harris of Oglethorpe, Georgia and a devoted friendof 50+ years, Ms. Ethel Wicker of Warner Robins, Georgia and her children who were like Mrs. Mary’s second set of children. Namely Keith Wicker, Patricia Wicker, Marie Wicker and Mildred Wicker (deceased).