Rayburn Carson Thacker, 65, Church Hill, Hawkins Co TN, went home to be with his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ on Tuesday, February 16, 2010, at his residence.
Rayburn was a born again Christian and attended First Baptist Church of Church Hill prior to the declineof his illness. He proudly served his country in the United States Army. He retired from the Kingsport Press and was on the Auxillary Police Force and Church Hill Rescue Squad. He also served two terms as Alderman for the city of Church Hill.
He is preceded in death by his father, Earl Thacker; and brother, Waylon Thacker.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Shelba Jean Fields Thacker; two sons, Darrell Thacker and his wife Kristie of Surgoinsville, TN, and Jeff Thacker and his wife Heather of Church Hill, TN; his mother, Millicent Thacker; brothers, Randall 'Sonny' Thacker and his wife Kathy of Rogersville, TN, and Rick Thacker and his wife Amanda of Rogersville, TN; sister, Karen Reed and her husband Earl; grandchildren, Whitney and Kennedy; and nephews, Junior Morelock, and Ryan and Bridgett Thacker.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Renee Skelton with hospice care.
Calling hours are from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, at the First Freewill Baptist Church of Church Hill.
Funeral services will be conducted at 7 p.m., Friday, February 19, 2010, at the First Freewill Baptist Church of Church Hill, with his sons, Darrell Thacker and Jeff Thacker, and Preacher John Arnott officiating.
Graveside services with Military honors will be conducted at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 20, 2010, at Church Hill Memory Gardens. Pallbearers will be Darrell Thacker, Jeff Thacker, Mark Johnson, Earl reed, Randy Britton, Roger Bailey, Bo Lee, and Robbie Lee. Honorary bearers will be J. C. Fields and Wayne Robinette.
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