Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Obituaries

June 17, 2013

William Tucker

CROSSVILLE — June 4, 2013

William Jene “Bill” Tucker, 83, of Mulberry, FL, and Pleasant Hill, TN, passed away at his home in Mulberry on June 4, 2013.

Bill was born in Clifty, TN and was preceded in death by his parents, Wade and Cora Burgess Tucker.

He was a veteran of the United States Air Force. Bill was a member of the last graduating class of Pleasant Hill Academy in 1947. He attended Berea College and earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Tennessee Tech and a master’s degree in education from Texas A & M. He taught at Cumberland County High School and Pleasant Hill High School before moving to Florida where he continued his teaching career of 36 years. His many interests included handcrafting original birdhouses and animal husbandry. During his retirement years he raised miniature horses and pygmy goats. He will be remembered as a self-taught “vet” and storyteller. Bill enjoyed all aspects of nature and was an avid life-long learner. He loved his Tennessee roots and looked forward to returning to them each year. Bill was an active member of the Mulberry United Methodist Church.

Bill is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Anna Ruth Dodson Tucker; daughters, Laurel Tucker of Augusta, GA, Melinda Jardina of Lakeland, FL, and Carolyn Miller and her husband Kevin of Atlanta, GA; son, William “Jay” Tucker, Jr. and his wife Marcie of Lake Butler, FL; sister, Freda Tucker of Atlanta, GA; grandchildren, Maria, Carolina, Candace, Hannah and Holly; and great-grandchildren, Julian, Kaden, Malachi, Keegan, Kiptyn and Brock.

A memorial service in celebration of his life will be conducted on Friday, June 21, at 6 p.m. at the Pleasant Hill Community Church with Robert Dodson officiating. A reception will immediately follow at the Community House.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given in his name to the Mulberry United Methodist Church, 306 North Church Ave., Mulberry, FL 33860; the Pleasant Hill Historical Society, Box 264, Pleasant Hill, TN 38578; or a charity of your choice.

For more information, contact Hood Funeral Home at 484-8437 or www.hoodfuneralhome.com.

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