Seventy-one years ago, on May 12, 1948, Robert James Tucker was born to Johnny Bernard Tucker and Maude Ruth Dock-Tucker. Robert was the sixth of seven children on the family farm in Clyattville, Georgia, an unincorporated suburb of Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia until they relocated to the north side of Valdosta called Bemis. At the age of eight, the family moved to the City of Valdosta where he lived his childhood. Robert became a member of the Southside Church of Christ where he attended until his graduation from Pinevale High School, there he excelled in football and basketball. Robert moved to Dallas, Texas following his brother, Willie Tucker and to attended Southwestern Christian College (SwCC) in Terrell, Texas. Robert was a member of the renowned Choir at SwCC. After a year in college, Robert decided to go to work for the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas which resulted in being drafted into the United States Army and a tour of duty in the infantry in Vietnam.
After his honorable discharge from the military, he returned home, only to look up a high school friend and sweetheart, Mary Lee Wynn who he met during high school and later married and moved back to Dallas. To this marriage of 47 years, they had two daughters, Catina Tucker and Robin Tucker. After moving back to Dallas, Robert continued his membership with the Fourth Avenue Church of Christ, Brother Willie Tucker, Minister and later at the Lawrence and Marder Street Church of Christ, Brothers Willie Tucker, Cephas A. Northcutt, Sr. and Shelton Gibbs, IV presiding Ministers. Robert loved the Lawrence and Marder members and taking care of the church grounds. Equally, he enjoyed working in the Church community garden and seeing it produce.
It was said of Robert that he never met a stranger, he had the kind of personality that attracted people from all walks of life. He was loving, giving, and we’ll miss him, miss him, miss him, we’ll miss him.
Robert held several employment positions, the Federal Reserve Bank, Brooks Brothers Men’s Clothier’s and the DFW Airport, Ground Transportation Department.
On Tuesday morning, September 17, 2019, Robert, a dearly beloved son, Christian, husband, brother, uncle and friend departed this earthly life at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Dallas, Texas with his family gathered at his beside. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, and his stepmother, Evelyn Coffee Tucker; his eldest sister, Annie Jewel Tucker-Daniels and youngest sister, Barbara Ann Tucker Sparrow.
He leaves to cherish and bask in his memory: his wife, Mary Lee Tucker; two daughters, Catina (Terrence) Tucker-Moore and Robin (Durwood, deceased) Tucker-McGruder; three grandchildren he cherished an loved, Rayven, Braylon, and Renee all of Dallas, Texas; one niece who lived with them for years, Cathy Edwards Dibbles; two brothers, Willie (Henrietta) Tucker of Dallas, Texas and Varnie (Hattie) Tucker of Hartford, Connecticut; two step brothers, Samuel (Edna) Austin and Clarence Coffee of Miami, Florida; two sisters, Charlotte (Roy), Tucker-Finch of Miami, Florida and Mary Evelyn Tucker-Thompson of Valdosta, Georgia; one step sister, Spring Coffee-Thomas of Jacksonville, Florida; one uncle, Eddie B. Tucker, of Clyatteville, Georgia; one brother-in-law, David (Dedira) Wynn of Dallas, Texas; five sisters-in-law, Eddie Lee Edwards of Dallas, Texas, Mildred (Claudis) Youngblood of Dallas, Texas, Rose (James) Porter of Lilburn, Georgia, Lizzie Frazier, and Barbara Wynn, both of Dallas, Texas, Leonard McMorris and Corretta Taylor; special family friends and a host of relatives, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.