WATERTOWN -- Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, June 10 at Hunter Funeral Home for Mr. Rucker, 71, of Sarasota, Fla. and formerly of Wilson County.
A 1958 graduate of Watertown High School and a circus performer, he died Sunday, June 5, 2011 at Sunnyside Nursing Home in Sarasota, Fla.
Mr. Rucker was the ringmaster for Jim Nordmark's International All Star Circus in the mid-1980s.
Visitation will be Friday from 10 a.m. until service time.
Rev. Don Mathis will conduct the service with interment to follow at Jones Hill Cemetery.
He was preceded in death by his parents Vernon and Lotie Tarpley Rucker; brother Clay Ricketts and sister-in-law Annie Ray George Ricketts.
Survivors include: nephew Ronnie (Gaylon) Ricketts of Panama City, Fla.; great-niece Amy Maynard of Elgin, Texas and friends Susan Zimmerman and Lee Ketchum -- both of Sarasota, Fla.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.