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Alvin Lynn Rucker

September 25, 1960 - August 26, 2023

Alvin Lynn Rucker, 62, of Madison Heights went to be with his Lord on Saturday, August 26, 2023, exchanging his broken earthly body for an upgraded Heavenly body with no more pain. He was the loving husband of his high school sweetheart, Deborah Mason Rucker, “Debbie”, for 42 years and the treasured Daddy of only one, Jessica Lynne Rucker Johnson (Brad), of Appomattox, VA.

Alvin was born on September 25, 1960, in Lynchburg, a son of the late Clyde Talmadge Rucker and Shelby Thompson Rucker. He was preceded in death by his loving brother, Printice Edward Rucker.

He loved, supported and served his extended church family, as a faithful deacon, usher, mentor, and brother in Christ, at Randolph Memorial Baptist Church.

Alvin worked for the City of Lynchburg as the Superintendent of Lynchburg Water Resource Facility giving 42 years of service, with plans to retire in November.

In addition to his wife and daughter, he is survived by his mother-in-love, Gladys Gunter Mason, brother-in-law Stephen Mason (Kay), and sister-in-law Beth Rucker, Uncle Thomas Creasy, loving nieces and nephews: Christine Pierce (Derrick), Alex Mason (Andrea), Kim German (Jeremy), Ammie Moore (Nick), Kaytee Rucker,  close family Don and Shirley Jordan, extended family with several cousins, and many, very special great nieces and nephews, and his adorable, spoiled cat, Skittles.

Alvin was loved by all and never met a stranger.  Everyone that knew him, was fair game for his good natured teasing, pranks and jokes and were often subject to a good belly laugh. A jack of all trades, he was more than willing to share a random fact or two about a thing or two. His faith and determination got him up and walking every time life knocked him down even when it took his feet out from under him.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, August 31, 2023, at Randolph Memorial Baptist Church in Madison Heights.

A Celebration of Alvin’s Life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, September 1, 2023, at Randolph Memorial Baptist Church with Pastor Derik Hamby officiating. A fellowship and meal will immediately follow the service at the church.

Due to allergies, in lieu of flowers, please consider making memorial contributions to Kingdom Builders, c/o: Randolph Memorial Baptist Church, 4246 S Amherst Hwy, Madison Heights, VA 24572.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the Stroobants Cadiovascular Team for their compassionate care of Alvin.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Madison Heights, is assisting the family.


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I worked with Alvin for some time over a couple of years. He was a kind and good-natured person. Sending prayers to his family, co-workers and friends.

Posted by Gloria Reese on August 30, 2023

I was deeply saddened by Alvin’s passing. The first time I met Alvin was on a rainy day in 2009 at the Lynchburg wastewater plant where he drove the golf cart and showed me around his plant. On the day of his passing, I was reading the last email I received from him just days before. Maybe, he was trying to say goodbye. Fourteen years passed in a blink of an eye. While I was tying these words, his face, his voice, his smile, his gesture … all came to my mind. I truly enjoyed working with Alvin. He was one of the few I’ve known who was so dedicated to his profession, his team and people around him. With or without his feet, he walked the walk, all his life. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I will miss him very much.

Posted by Lin Liang on August 28, 2023

I was so sorry to hear of Alvin's passing. He will surely be missed by all who knew him. I first met Alvin shortly after he took on the position of Superintendent at the Lynchburg Wastewater Facility (a position I also held in the late 70s before moving on to State Government). I got to know him better as he took on the responsibilities of teaching several of the sessions at the Virginia Tech wastewater operators' short school at Virginia Tech. He was a favorite instructor of the students in all levels of the Short School. I have been hopeful of getting him back out to Blacksburg over the last couple of years before the Pandemic. He was a true Christian gentleman in every sense of the word. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and daughter, as well as, his extended family and friends.

Posted by Donald Wayne Staples on August 28, 2023

If I have said it once, I have said it a thousand times! Alvin was an amazing friend, husband, father or any other anything else you could call him. He was honest, dependable, reliable, loving, kind and I could go on and on. He was a true Christ follower in every aspect of his life!

Posted by Anonymous on August 28, 2023

I knew Alvin from being my daughters best friends dad. I am sorry to hear about Alvin passing my prayers are with Debbie and Jessica and their family. He was a wonderful and kind person I was glad to have known him.

Posted by Teresa wade on August 28, 2023

Alvin will be missed by many. Prayers for family and friends...

Posted by Bebo Compton on August 28, 2023

Alvin was a very kind and great natured man. Always positive. I have the fondness memories of Alvin in high school. Sending prayers to his family.

Posted by Lynette Brooks on August 28, 2023

I’ve known Alvin since we were in elementary school. He was always so kind. I’m so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Belynda Riley on August 27, 2023

What a beautiful tribute to an amazing man. Perhaps the most resilient and determined one I’ve ever known. A man who certainly didn’t have “can’t” in his vocabulary. What an amazing thing to be able to watch him love and serve his wife, love and serve his daughter and love and serve his church. No greater legacy can a man leave behind. Clinging to the hope that, because our Lord was raised from the dead, we will see him again one day soon. Thankful that we don’t have to grieve without hope. Praying for you, Aunt Debbie and you, Jess and Brad as you grieve this devastating loss here on earth. Praying that the God of ALL peace and comfort will hold you extra close. We love y’all.

Posted by Jeremy and Kim German on August 27, 2023

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