I Remember James And Jane Rucker

My Mom, Jane Rucker, was beautiful, smart, simple yet classy. But one word to describe her that stands out the most is unselfish; everything was always about someone else besides her.

Mom had the heart of a servant and I realize now what a strong woman she was. She believed you took life as it came and did the best you could with it and were to always be thankful! My mom never complained about anything. She loved my daddy, us kids, and others.

My mom touched many lives and that has been so evident with all the kind words that people speak of her. About two years after she passed away, I ran into Curtis Goforth who spent time at our house during high school,

We stood on the sidelines after the football game and as he choked back tears, he told me just how much my mom had meant to him. It was very touching and such a testament of her life.

My mom’s life was truly a life after the heart of Christ, whom she put her faith and trust in.

My dad, James Rucker, I smile just thinking about him being ornery, stubborn, and hard headed. But he was compassionate and loving to those who really knew him.

He was passionate about the things he believed in. Daddy loved history and was very proud of his heritage. He spent many hours studying God’s word and sharing it with others.

Again, we had many kind words spoken of Daddy when he passed away. One that stands out still to me was a card from Bobby Evans.

He wrote “Your dad was one of the finest men I ever knew, it was a great honor to call your dad a friend and I’ll never forget the friendship he showed.”

My daddy was always a good man and I watched him become a great man. He became what he was because of the love of Christ and the love of my Mother.

There’s a book by Max Lucado Called Out Live Your Life. We are all here on this Earth to make a difference in the lives of others. My parents are truly an example of doing just that.

Not only as individuals but as a couple, my parents’ love for each other was strong and only got stronger as time went on. Just yesterday I found a card in a bible that Daddy gave Mom on their 36th wedding anniversary.

He wrote, “I’m still in love with that 17 year old girl I asked to marry me 36 years ago.” Our parents left us with a legacy that we can be proud of and continue to pass on. We are truly, truly blessed because that beautiful 17 year old girl said yes…Janis Rucker Kinkade



When it comes to friends, I am truly one of the most blessed people on the face of the earth because I have been given so many more friends than I deserve from all corners of the country and from all walks of life, the kind of friends that I know I can call for help anytime and for anything.

Two of those wonderful friends were James and Jane Rucker. Jane and I met in 1975, and we just clicked. She was truly one of the kindest, most loving people that I have ever known. We eventually went on to work together at CHS, and we spent many hours deep in conversation about the things we loved best, our families.

James and I were history buffs together, and we spent untold hours trying to “figure it out.” With old diaries in hand, we walked more creek banks and measured more river bends than most people even knew existed! He brought me books to read and told me stories that Jane’s family told him about my grandparents.

I wasn’t through visiting with either Jane or James; they both left this earth before any of us were ready to give them up…Fredda Davis Jones

About Fredda Jones

Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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