Ruthie Mae McGhee Rackard

Published 1:48 pm Monday, September 22, 2014

Mrs. Ruthie Mae McGhee Rackard, 94, of Poarch, passed away Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Atmore.

She was born to the late Lee and Ida Rolin McGhee on Feb. 27, 1920, in Escambia County. She was a member of the New Home United Pentecostal Church and the oldest female member of the Poarch Creek Band of Indians.

She is preceded in death by her parents; 12 siblings and her husband, Bro. Edgar Rackard.

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She is survived by her sons, Lonnie L. (Carolyn) Rackard of Poarch and Eugene (Karen) Rackard of Chipley, Fla.; her daughters, Hazel (Ardis) Rolin of Atmore, Ruby (Jerry) Hawkins of Poarch, Dorothy (Joe Frank) McGhee of Atmore, Mary (Gary) Cordes of Jasper and Glenda Carlton of Poarch; 16 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren and a host of extended family and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m. from the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Steve Breceda and Elder Gary Cordes officiating. Burial followed in New Home Cemetery. Visitation was held Friday, Sept. 19, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.

Active pallbearers were her grandsons, Larry Flurnoy, Eddie Rolin, Kendall McGhee, Chet McGhee, Jason Rackard, Jeremy Rackard, Jacob Carlton, Jared Carlton and Jonathan Rackard. Honorary pallbearers were Ardis Rolin, Ralph Pearson and John Reed.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home, Inc., was in charge of arrangements.