Brother Rufus Arnold Tackett, age 92, of Olive Hill, went home to be with the Lord, Thursday morning, Feb. 2, 2017, at his residence.
He was born April 11, 1924, in Lawton, and was a son of James Leslie and Florence Cline Tackett.
Rufus proudly served his country in the United States Army during WWII. He was a retired school bus driver for the Carter County School System, and was also owner and operator of his own trucking company, hauling limestone and coal all over Eastern Kentucky. Rufus gave his heart to the Lord, June 1983, and was a member of the Brinegar Church of God where he served as a deacon for many years and was later made an honorary deacon for life. He was a very kind-hearted man who never met a stranger. If you ever asked him a question, he would always answer back with, "Are you writing a book? If you are, tear that page out."
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by the love of his life, Maxine Jones Tackett, Nov. 19, 2005, they were blessed with 59 years together; three brothers, Ivan Tackett, James Tackett Jr., and Ora Estill Tackett; two sisters, Opal Fannin and Zella Davis; one daughter-in-law, Fredia Rae Justice Tackett; seven brothers-in-law, James Jones, Burnell Jones, Marlin Jones, Richard Stevens, Kenneth Abrams, Frank Evans, and Billy Wayne Porter; and three sisters-in-law, Ottie Abrams, Louise Evans, and Velma Lee Jones.
Rufus is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Donnie R. and Janet Tackett and Eddie A. Tackett, all of Olive Hill; one daughter, Rita L. Tackett of Olive Hill; eight grandchildren, Carmen Hall and Ronald Fleming, Cherie and Scott Greisheimer, Marsha and Tony Shelton, Christopher and Kelly Tackett, Brad Seagraves, Zack and Ashley Hedge, Thomas Hedge, and Tammy and Jarrod Duncan; 13 great grandchildren, Rodney and Carlyn Hall, Brittany and Michael Bayer, Amanda and Eric Hall, Andrew and Emily Greisheimer, Kayla Hall, Jordan Greisheimer, Nathan Shelton, Bailey and Josh Irvine, Chyanna Hall, Alyssa Shelton, MaClella Tackett, Amber and John Johnson, and Kinsey Duncan; 12 great-great grandchildren, Taylor Maschke, Hayden Hall, Carter Hall, Camryn Hall, Logan Simmons, Tyson Hall, Ellie Bayer, Karsyn Simmons, Gracie Irvine, Canaan Hall, Nora Bayer, and Saylor Mabry; one brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Pat Crawford of Perry Hall, Maryland; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Ernestine Jones of Olive Hill, and Aileen and Ersel Porter Jr., of Indiana; six sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law, Betty Stevens, Ruth Ann and Virgil Ray Barker, Norma Jewell Kiser, Roberta and Donnie Stone, Janice Jones, and Marie Jones, all of Olive Hill, and Jeanie Tackett of Virginia; and one very special caregiver, Charmin Brown. He also leaves numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors, friends, and especially his church family that will sadly miss him.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, at Brinegar Church of God, with Brother Victor Mabry, Brother Justin Wagoner, Brother Louie Harris, and Brother Elijah Wagoner officiating. Burial will follow in the Manning #2 Cemetery in Olive Hill, with full military honors presented by the Olive Hill American Legion Post #138.
Friends may visit from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, and from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Sunday at Globe Funeral Chapel in Olive Hill, 17277 West Highway US 60, Olive Hill, Kentucky 41164. Mr. Tackett will lie in state from 1 p.m. until the service hour on Sunday at Brinegar Church of God.
Chris Tackett, Brad Seagraves, Zack Hedge, Rodney Hall, Andrew Greisheimer, Jordan Greisheimer, Nathan Shelton, and R.C. Hedge will serve as pallbearers.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.globefc.com.
Published on February 3, 2017