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Otis Linwood Tucker Jr.
SoVaNow.com / June 25, 2012
He was under the care of his beloved family and compassionate staff of Hospice of Virginia at Retreat Doctors Hospital in Richmond after a suddenly diagnosed illness. Born on June 20, 1929 in Halifax, Virginia, he was the son of the late Otis Linwood Tucker, Sr. and Emma Christine Myers. He married his bride of more than 60 years, Eloise Burgandine, on June 14, 1952. An Air Force medic in the Korean War, he served honorably and was discharged on Aug 13, 1954. He received his education at the Gupton Jones School of Mortuary Science in Dallas, Texas, after which time he apprenticed as an embalmer and Funeral Director at Sutherland Funeral Home in Richmond, Virginia. Upon completion of his apprenticeship in 1960, he and his wife settled in Old Town Manassas, VA, where he served as one of the Directors of Baker Funeral Home and was a partner in Rivers & Tucker Building Supply Co. He was an active member of the Manassas community, serving with the Manassas Host Lions Club where he was president for several years. He was also a member of the Jaycees, Grace Methodist Church, and numerous other civic organizations. They subsequently retired in 1995 and have been residents of Reedville, Virginia since that time. Otis was an avid outdoorsman and spent much of his free time hunting in his birthplace of Halifax, VA, and fishing on the Chesapeake Bay and in Hatteras Village in the Outer Banks, NC, in the company of his closest friends, whom he adored.
He is survived by his wife, Eloise, two sons and their wives, William Otis and Christina Tucker, and John Edward and Lori Tucker, and his brother and sister in law, William Rodwin and Alma Joanne Tucker. He was blessed with four grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, and three great grandchildren, as well as nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Barbara Jane Tucker Armel of Winchester, Virginia. There will be no viewing, only a graveside service and interment with full military honors at the First Baptist Church of Republican Grove, 4210 Leda Grove Road, Nathalie, Virginia 24577 at 3 p.m. on June 30 2012. The family will receive close friends just prior to the service. Powell’s Funeral Home of South Boston, Virginia, is handling the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of Virginia (http://www.ahhospicefoundation.org/) and the American Cancer Society (https://www.cancer.org/involved/donate/donateonlinenow).