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Louis C. Rucks "Tuddie"

March 10, 1955 ~ January 5, 2021 (age 65)

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“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” - Matthew 11:28-30

On March 10, 1955, Adolph and Everlean Rucks were blessed with the birth of their 3rd son Louis Charles Rucks in Mt. Pine, Arkansas. Louis Charles trusted and believed in the Lord. He was baptized at Zion Temple of Deliverance by Pastor Marvin Toney and attended Sparkman Public School.  Louis Charles untied in holy matrimony to Paula Rochelle Dedman, they were truly an example of a loving and committed couple.  

Friends and family knew him by his nickname "Tuddie."  Tuddie was employed with Bradley Logging Company for 30 years and served as the President of the Top Gun Hunting Club. He was very passionate about the outdoors and loved to hunt and fish. He also enjoyed the Motown era and so dancing was something he was joyfully good at. Being compassionate and caring for his family was one of his many attributes, you could always depend on a heartfelt laugh and unwavering support.  Later in life, he became the news informant for his family, keeping them updated on all current events.  Tuddie was amazing on the grill, his barbecue was always tasty, and his family loved the comfort that his food gave them. Tuddie was an amazing father and grandfather. When it came to his children and grandchildren, he would always be there for them whenever he was needed day or night.

On January 5, 2021, Louis Charles Rucks, 65, of Sparkman, Arkansas, slipped into eternal peace at Baptist Health Medical Center in North Little Rock, AR.

Those who will be most passionately deprived of the warmth of his pleasing personality and all his unrepressed love include his wife Paula Rucks; two sons: Anthony Rucks (Nicole) of Arkadelphia, AR; Justin Rucks of Camden AR; one daughter: Carmelitha Rucks of Hot Springs AR; two stepdaughters: Shakira Robinson of Hot Springs AR; Sheena Caldwell (Laron) of Fordyce, AR. Two surviving sisters Linda Matlock (Charlie) of Princeton AR and Loraine Rucks-Walker (Hosea) of Arkadelphia, AR. Seven granddaughters: Jasmine Rucks, Kassidy Rucks, Chelsea Rucks, Amileyun Robinson, Skylynn Coleman, Ja'kinslee Rucks, & Gianna Caldwell. Two grandsons: Eddie Robinson Jr. and Ju'Cabren Rucks.

Proceeding him in death: Adolph and Everlean (Father and Mother); Robert Rucks (Brother); Johnny Rucks (Brother) Larry Rucks (Brother); Lonnie Rucks (Brother). 

He will also be greatly missed by sisters-in-law: Annie Rucks of Sparkman, AR; Janet Highsmith of Princeton, AR; Shelia Matlock of Memphis, TN; and Detric (Cedrick) Watson of Buffalo, NY and one brother-in-law: Glen Harrison of Princeton, AR. One Aunt: Fannie Eason of Milwaukee, WI.  

He leaves to cherish his memory a host of nephews, nieces, relatives, and many friends.

In the words of the late Louis Charles Rucks “Tuddie”- “It’s never goodbye, it’s always I’ll see you later.”


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January 15, 2021

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Mitchell Funeral Home
1809 Caddo Street
Arkadelphia, AR 71923

Funeral Service
January 16, 2021

1:00 PM
Harmony Church Cemetery
Dallas HWY 205
Sparkman, AR 71763

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