December 13, 1944 - November 30, 2018
Benjamin Rucker Vaiden, 73, lost his valiant 8+ year battle with melanoma on Friday, November 30, 2018. He is the son of the late Eleanor Rucker and Campbell Vaiden. Soon after his graduation from Richmond Academy, ’64, he found success in the building business as owner and President of Vaiden Construction Co. and broker-owner of Vaiden Realty Co., while simultaneously serving as Vice President and founding partner of A Child’s World daycare center together with his long-time friend, David Dunn. Among his greatest passions in life was cars and music of the 50’s and 60’s. Rucker owned and restored more than twenty vintage autos over the years, many of which during his retirement. Those who knew him best, will remember he never shied away from having a good time with good company.
Now in God’s loving arms, Rucker is survived by his wife and partner of 26 years, Beth Ashmore, daughters; Kelly (Doug) Rothert, Dublin, Ohio and Vivian Vaiden, Martinez, GA, his son, Wesley Vaiden, Evans, GA, and his step-daughter, Bebe Raymer (AJ Jackson), Goodletsville, TN. Also 9 grandchildren; Brittany, Paige, Torey and Carlyn Rothert, Rachel and Ella Beal, David Harbeson and Danyelle and Zealy Raymer, his sister, Ellie (Andy) Silman, Pisgah Forest, NC, brother, Harry (Carole) Vaiden, and sister-in-law, Martha A. Burton, as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3131 Walton Way, on Monday, December 10, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. with his brother-in-law, Rev. Dr. Andrew Silman officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church, Augusta, Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, 645 Bert Lane Rd, Brevard, NC, 28712, or “That’s What Friends Are For, Inc.,” (animal rescue) c/o Lorna Barrett, P.O. Box 9490, Augusta, GA 30906-9490.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.arlingtonfuneral.com Arlington Burial & Cremation, 1220 George C. Wilson Dr., S-C, Augusta, GA 30909. 762-994-0311
My Deepest Sympathy, Mary Welborn Pierce ~ St. Simons Island, GeorgiaMary Welborn Pierce - December 7 at 8:16 PM
Rucker was always such a good friend. I new him all my life and his parents were my parents best friends. He always had something good to say about everybody - which is rare these days ! I miss him already.George Fuller - December 7 at 9:31 AM
Remembering our Uncle Rucker will always put a smile on our faces. We were so blessed to have had him in our lives. He will be missed. Sending much love.Lisa, Jon, Harrison, Jackson, Abigail & Caroline Meszaros - December 6 at 8:39 AM
Sending sincere condolences to Beth and all of Rucker’s beloved family. Will always remember his cheerful, optimistic atitude, and his love of cats. He loved to tell stories of their antics. And his restoration work on cars was absolutely beautiful. He was part of the deli family for many years, and will certainly be missed. With deepest sympathy, Lorna and Les BarrettLorna and Les Barrett - December 6 at 4:48 AM
Harry, So sorry to see that the family lost Rucker. Our Thoughts and Prayers for you and all his family.. I have good memories of our conversations when he would stop by Ga.RR Bank at National Hills for some of his banking. Caroline has been in a 7 year treatment for Melanoma.Donnie & Caroline Hooks - December 6 at 4:19 AM
Beth, Rucker loved you dearly and knew that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with you. He gave laughter to friends and shared good times with so many people. He was an honest man with many talents. He knew how to relate with people, which is a fine art. Rucker and Jay and Hinton are together telling stories and knowing that they love each other. They might be racing old cars. I know they are laughing. Rucker and Hinton were best men in Jay's and my wedding and they maintained a friendship and were there for one another all of their lives. They were brothers in arms. Take care, Beth, and know you are loved by many. Love, CarolineCaroline Miklosovic - December 5 at 9:01 PM
Love you Ruck. Save me a spot. See you later.John DuMar - December 5 at 7:37 PM
We shall all miss Rucker and his zest for life. My deepest sympathy, Beth and all the family members. Love and courage during this trying time, CatherineCatherine Wier Luckey - December 5 at 4:50 PM
Rucker, you always had a smile & loving way about you! We will miss you, sweet friend and family member! Rest In Peace. We love you!Rita & Jerry Carter - December 5 at 2:44 PM
May it bring special comfort to know that others care and share your loss.Thinking of you and family at this time of loss of your loved one. HERBERT GILSTRAPHERBERT GILSTRAP - December 5 at 12:53 PM
I will miss you.Billy Newman - December 5 at 11:12 AM
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