Tifton Gazette


December 7, 2013

Thomas Wayne Tucker

SAVANNAH — Thomas Wayne Tucker was born on April 19, 1943 in Ocilla and died Dec. 4, 2013 in Savannah. He was raised on the family farm in Irwin County and graduated from Irwin County High School in 1961, Valdosta State College in 1966 and the University of Florida in 1968 with a master’s degree in engineering.

After graduation, Mr. Tucker worked for the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI) and a small environmental engineering firm before starting work for Union Camp Corporation in September 1972. He continued with Union Camp/International Paper until his retirement in 2001. He held a variety of positions during his Union Camp career in Savannah and Prattville, Ala., including technical director, pulp mill superintendent and power superintendent.

Mr. Tucker was a member of Wilmington Island United Methodist Church, where he served as a trustee and as stewardship chairperson. He was a member of Open Circle Sunday school class and the Thursday morning Bible study.

Tom remained active in his retirement. In addition to his church activities, he volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, Red Cross Blood Drive and participated in the International Paper Retiree Breakfasts. He was a hard worker who fearlessly tackled any home improvement project and always liked to keep busy. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, Delores, vacationing with his children and grandchildren and cheering on the Florida Gators. He was a man of great integrity and humor and always had a witty response in every situation.

Mr. Tucker is survived by his wife of 44 years, Delores Bulger Tucker; two daughters, Pamela Lynn Tucker Mount (Stephen) of Florence, S.C. and Cathy Elizabeth Tucker Rice (Andrew) of Hoover, Ala.; four grandchildren, Sarah Elizabeth Mount, Stephen Tucker Mount, Tucker Michael Rice and William Fletcher Rice; and a brother, William Henry Tucker of Plantation, Fla. He is predeceased by his parents, Albert Wright Tucker and Dorothy McDaniel Tucker.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 today at Fox and Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Wilmington Island United Methodist Church. The burial will follow at the Greenwich section of Bonaventure Cemetery.

The family suggest remembrances be made in his memory to Wilmington Island United Methodist Church, 195 Wilmington Island Road, Savannah, GA 31410.

Please sign the online guest book at www.foxandweeks.com.

Fox and Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

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