Deborah Lucinda Rucker, age 65, of Athens and formerly of Elberton, passed away on October 1, 2013.
The Guest Book is expired.
Deborah joined St. Paul C.M.E. Church, in Elberton, when her family moved back to Elbert County.
Deborah attended Blackwell Memorial High School until her senior year, then transferred to Elbert County High School and graduated in 1966, the first African American student to do so. She graduated in 1970 from Paine College, in Augusta, with a bachelor's degree in science. She later completed a master's degree from the University of Georgia and a law degree from North Carolina Central University. She was a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
In Atlanta, Deborah served in the Juvenile Division of Legal Aide Services. She also helped many people as a professional grant writer, and served for several years as the President of the N.A.A.C.P., in Gainesville.
Deborah leaves behind a beloved brother, William "Chuck" Rucker, of West Haven, Conn.; a niece and nephew, of Athens; and numerous cousins, friends, and other relatives.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 8, at the Elberton chapel of Mack's Funeral Home.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9, at St. Mary's C.M.E. Church, in Elberton.
Mack's Funeral Home, Elberton, is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on Oct. 8, 2013