Evelyne Jones Tucker

Friday, July 6, 2012

Evelyne Jones Tucker, 78, passed away Sunday, July 1, 2012, after a heroic battle with cancer.

Born Jan. 28, 1934, she lived her life in a salvage yard, growing up in her father's business and then purchasing it with her husband in 1963 and restarting it as Tucker Auto Parts on the Fayetteville Highway in Lewisburg. Together - Tuck in sales, Evelyne in administration and bookkeeping - they worked tirelessly in growing their business and were well known throughout the Middle Tennessee business community.

However, her role as mother and grandmother was her greatest. She proudly boasted about having a child in Marshall County schools for over 35 consecutive years, and in that time she was an active leader and fundraiser for her children's activities - from band to basketball, from baseball to Boy Scouts, from tennis to scholastic team.

Though living in Lewisburg for over 50 years, her roots remained in Chapel Hill. A member of the 1952 Class of Forrest High School, she was a lifetime member of their alumni association and counted her classmates and childhood neighbors among her best friends.

Evelyne was known for her red hair, her talent at quilting, her love of being left-handed, her passion for travel, her ability to tell jokes, and especially her skills in the kitchen. Famous for her biscuits, fried peach pies, homemade candy and other Southern specialties, she enjoyed the process of cooking as well as the fellowship that came with sharing her dishes.

Most importantly, Evelyne loved people. She never met a stranger and even through her journey with cancer, she strove to connect with and lift up the people around her.

Evelyne was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Viola Jones, and her husband Robert "Tuck" Tucker.

She is survived by one sister, Helen Brandon of Athens, Ala., and four children, Thomas (Donella) Tucker of Abilene, Texas, Terry Tucker of Belfast, Torrie (David) Parsons of Columbia and Tiffany "Tip" (Seth) Kendall of Lawrenceville, Ga.

Grandchildren include John (Heather) Tucker and David Tucker of Lewisburg, Preston Tucker of Belfast, Kate and Kyle Parsons of Columbia and Isaac Kendall of Lawrenceville, Ga. She also had three stepgrandchildren, Tambrein and Eric Bates and Crystal Callahan of Texas.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 6, in the chapel of Lawrence Funeral Home, with burial to follow at Lone Oak Cemetery in Lewisburg.

The pallbearers are Tom Trisdale, Tom Sumners, Arnold Quarles, Roger Busler, John Tucker, David Tucker, Preston Tucker, and Kyle Tucker.

Honorary pallbearers include the Forrest High School Class of 1952, Michael Sullivan, Rodney Toothman, J.B. Anderson, Wayne Grissom, Roy Clifford, and Rebecca Mangrum.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to everyone who helped her through her illness, especially Rebecca Mangrum and the staffs of FHG Oncology and Maury Regional IV Infusion Clinic in Columbia.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to local food banks, Meals on Wheels, other church-supported food programs or to the Forrest Alumni Association (c/o Ricky Sweeney, 1502 Hunters Chase, Chapel Hill, TN 37034).

Lawrence Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Chapel Hill, is in charge of arrangements.