Alma Tackett

October 24, 1930 ‒ April 25, 2011

Pikeville, Kentucky

MANSFIELD, OH: Alma Tackett didn’t just go to church – she lived at church. Whenever the church doors were open, Alma was present. She likened being at church to a wicker basket under a spigot of water: she may not retain it all, but she sure felt cleaner when she was there!

Lifelong Pikeville resident Alma Tackett no longer worships in a church building, but is now in His presence as she passed away Monday afternoon April 25, 2011 in Mansfield, Ohio. She was 80 years old.

Born October 24, 1930 in Pike County, Kentucky, to Bradley and Liza (Stanley) Ray, Alma taught Sunday school at Caney Creek Freewill Baptist Church, and was active with the church in every way possible.

Faith and Family defined Alma. She delighted in children, whether they were her own family or not. Everyone was “adopted” into her family. She was blessed with a quirky sense of humor, could never make a decision: “I’m not choicy” (sic), and had an endless bank of clever quips, sayings and metaphors.

Alma was married on September 24, 1954 to Silas Tackett, who preceded her in death in 1982.

She is survived by her daughters and son-in-law Selby & John Dorgan of Mansfield and Annetta Smith of South Bloomfield, OH; stepchildren Raymond & Sandy Tackett of Calabash, NC, Emma Louise Bradley of Lachine, MI, and Tommie & Alene Tackett of Robinson Creek, KY. She was blessed with 18 grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; sisters Aster & Stallard Lynch, Maxine Leslie and Lula Ray and a brother Emery Ray all of Pikeville, KY; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by sisters Alice Gillispie, Dixie Kathaleen Ray and Easter Ellis and a brother Elmer Ray.

Her family will receive friends Thursday, April 28, 2011 from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Friday, April 29, 2011 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Lucas & Son Funeral Home, 2931 US Rt 23 South, Pikeville, KY (606-437-0044). Her funeral service will be held Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 11 a.m. in Caney Creek Freewill Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Ray Family Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are encouraged to the building fund of her church.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mansfield, Ohio is honored to serve the family: