In his memory
Updated: July 12, 2010
Hello Ken. I am Gerald Tucker's wife. I guess by now you have heard that he passed away on June 27th and was buried on June 30th. George and Joann [Montgomery] came for the funeral. This was a very hard time for all of us because he was loved so much by his family and friends. Next week on the 15th, Gerald and I would have been married 44 years.
He had a police honor guard and the Navy came and played taps and presented me with a flag. Gerald would have been very pleased. He was a wonderful man.
Thank you so much for your email.
[Webmaster:]Gerald made detachments on USS Saratoga Jan.-Oct. 1963 and USS Forrestal Nov. 1964 - Mar. 1965
Gerald Tucker Obituary
Gerald Orin Tucker Sr., died on June 27, 2010, after a lengthy battle with congestive heart failure. He was born on May 31, 1944. He was predeceased by his parents Coleman E. Tucker (2010), Tessie O. Tucker (1998) and brother Robert Tucker (2004). His daughter, Cathy, led him to the Lord when she was 9 years old and they were baptized together at Ridgecrest Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Norma McDill Tucker; his children, Cathy D. Hopkins (Sonny) and Gerald ?Gerry? O. Tucker, Jr. (Missy); grandchildren Andrea and Natalie Tucker and Joshua Hopkins; his siblings, James Tucker (Renee), Steve Tucker (Nadine), Jack Tucker (Cathy), Betty Rodgers and Debbie Black (Mike) and countless friends and extended family.
He served as a police officer and sergeant with the Birmingham Police Department for 22 years when he retired. He then worked with the Jefferson County Youth Detention for 18 years as a Senior JDO. He was a member of The Church of the Highlands.
Gerald was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. James Frey, Care First Hospice and the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at St. Vincent?s East. Visitation will be from 5 until 7pm Tuesday. Services will be Wednesday June 30, at 10am with burial in Jefferson Memorial Gardens East. Jefferson Memorial Trussville directing.
Posted: 8-22-11: I was surfing around the internet and found the obituary from Gerald Tucker from 2010 and it brought back so many wonderful memories of him from a lifetime ago.
Gerald and I dated (briefly) many years ago, actually before he joined the Navy. His brother, James, was in the Navy and I lived in the neighborhood in Jacksonville in front of Navy housing. I babysat for James' daughter and that is how I got to know Gerald when he came to visit James.
He was a nice person then and it seems a nice person through his life.
I just had to add my thoughts.
From VFP-62 Shipmates
I liked Tucker, our tours were in sync so we saw each other often.. see you
I will remember him not from the Squadron but from the reunion where I saw him lying flat on his back underneath 913 looking at the tail hook in his good clothes. Could not take the metalsmith out of him. [Webmaster: John's referring to RF-8 Bu No 145645 restored at Battleship Park, Mobile Al]
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