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Fannie I. Rather

November 24, 1934 February 3, 2021
Fannie I. Rather
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Fannie Isabelle Tucker Rather was born on Saturday, November 24, 1934, to the late Samuel Williamson Tucker and Eva Louise Greenhill Tucker in Blackstone, Virginia. Fannie was the youngest of ten children. She was preceded in death by three brothers, George Tucker, Marvin Tucker, and Samuel Tucker, and six
sisters, Alice Bland, Hazel Ellis, Eva Fowlkes, Mary Thompkins, Inez Tucker, and Sophronia Williams.

She joined Spring Hill Baptist Church at an early age. While living in the
Washington D.C. Area, she attended First Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend R. LaVelle Tucker, but maintained her membership at Spring Hill
Baptist Church. Fannie was educated in the Nottoway County Public School
System. She attended Nottoway Training School and she graduated from Luther H. Foster High School in 1954. Fannie was an active member of the Luther H. Foster Alumni Association. She also graduated from Cunningham School of
Cosmetology in Richmond, Virginia in 1956.

On October 4, 1957, Fannie Tucker married her high school sweetheart, the late Calvin Lee Rather. To this union, two children were born,
Kenneth Irwin Rather, Sr. and Anissa Lynnell Rather Wills. The family lived and worked in the Washington, D.C. and Maryland area.

Fannie was a kind and pleasant person with a heart of gold. She loved family and helped them whenever and however she could. She also loved working with children. In 1971, she started part-time volunteer work at Draper Elementary School in Washington, D.C., after her children started school. She became a permanent employee at the same school in 1975 and retired in September 1997. She later returned to work in 1998 until 2003. During her years of employment, Fannie worked as a Parent Partner, Parent Assistant, Vice President of P.T.A, Educational Aide, Officer Helper, and Write-to-Read Computer Lab Technology Coordinator.

Fannie leaves to cherish her memory, her son Kenneth Rather, Sr. and
daughter-in-law Princella of Pasadena, MD; her daughter Anissa L. Wills and
son-in-law Reginald of Silver Spring, MD; five grandchildren, Kenneth, Jr.,
Christopher, Natasha Johnson and husband Namont, Donyelle, and
Angel`Lique; five great-grandchildren, three brothers-in-law, eight sisters-in-law (Diane R. Ford was more like a daughter than a sister-in-law), and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.

God gave Fannie to us for 86 wonderful years. On Wednesday, February 3, 2021, God picked His blossomed flower from the earth, so she could become a part of His heavenly bouquet.

Public viewing Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 2 to 8PM

Funeral Services Friday, February 12, 2021 at 12:00 PM at Springhill Baptist Church, Blackstone. Interment church cemetery,

W.E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home of Blackstone in charge of arrangements.
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