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816 W. Broadway
PO Box 407
Winnsboro, TX 75494
Phone: 903-342-5211
James Tucker

Larry Tucker

Saturday, January 12, 1935 - Saturday, April 20, 2019
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On Saturday, April 20, 2019 James Larry Tucker, devoted husband and loving father passed away at the age of 84. Larry was born on January 12, 1935 in Golden, Texas to Edgar and Julia Mae Tucker. Larry attended school in Golden where he met the love of his life Mary Willis. After marrying, Larry and Mary moved to Nacogdoches, Texas. Larry attended Stephen F. Austin State University and graduated with a degree in Education. As Larry began his career as a teacher and coach, he and Mary also began growing their family. They raised three daughters, Jamie, Jana and Jae and instilled a value of education and the importance of family with all of them. As a teacher and coach at Rivercrest High School, Larry stressed these same values with his students. He led his teams to State championships in Girls’ Basketball, Boys’ Basketball, and Girls’ Track. In addition to teaching and coaching, Larry served as Superintendent of Leonard ISD for over 20 years. Throughout the Tucker family’s time in Leonard, Larry made many lifelong friendships and served in many roles, other than just the Superintendent. Larry’s strong work ethic could only be matched by his love of family, friends, and fun. He loved to share stories, play cards and dominoes, laugh with friends and teach anyone that was willing how to water-ski on Lake Bonham. After retirement, Larry and Mary moved back to their childhood home of Golden. They were members of the Golden Baptist Church and spent their days enjoying the outdoors and celebrations with family. Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar and Julia Mae, his brother Max Ray, and his wife Mary. He is survived by his three daughters, his grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 1:00pm at Beaty Funeral Home in Mineola, Texas. The funeral service will be at 2:00pm that same day at Sand Springs Baptist Church.
The family respectfully request no flowers. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the James Larry Tucker Scholarship Fund care of Leonard High School, 300 E. Hackberry, Leonard Texas 75454 or to the Rivercrest Educational Association in care of Rivercrest ISD, 4100 US Hwy. 271, and Bogata, TX 75417.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 23, 2019 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Tuesday, April 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Beaty Funeral Home
    5320 S. State Hwy. 37
    Mineola, TX 75773
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  • Service

    Tuesday, April 23, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Tuesday, April 23, 2019 2:00pm
    Sand Springs Baptist Church
    3208 CR 2330
    Mineola, Texas 75773
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    Bro. Shane Barnes
    Bro. Ed Lewis
  • Interment

    Tuesday, April 23, 2019 | 3:00pm
    Tuesday, April 23, 2019 3:00pm
    Sand Springs Cemetery
    3208 County Road 2330
    Mineola, Texas 75773
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Donations are being accepted for: RIVERCREST EDUCATION INC.


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Kim Salerno

Posted at 02:35pm
I will never forget Mr. Tucker ( my first boss) and his love of girl’s basketball. Mr. Tucker was a huge influence and made a difference in the lives of many. He was a special person and educator.

Kim Smith Salerno and Dianna Smith Wager

Posted at 12:51pm
Mr. Tucker filled our hearts with wonderful lifelong memories of Leonard and Leonard High School. He was truly a special person !
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Chelsey Hoffman

Posted at 08:38am
My sincere condolences go out to Mr. Tucker's family. I know he will be sorely missed for the joy he brought your family. In this time of unimaginable grief, It is heartening to know that our creator can give us comfort. “The father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort...comforts us in all our trials (2 Corinthians 1: 3,4). The bible assures us that God will help us in our time of need and bring relief to our troubled heart. The Bible also contains a profound hope for the future at Revelations 21: 3,4 where it says, “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”” This hope can bring some light in these dark and trying times.

Vernon Richardson

Posted at 09:22am
Good man. I respect him more than most. Prayers for you all.

Our love, Steve and Pam Tucker

Posted at 12:53pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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