John L. Tucker, 57, of McAlester, died Friday, April 25, 2008, at his home in McAlester, Okla.
Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 28, 2008, at Bishop Chapel in McAlester, with Pastor Leroy Kerbo officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Bishop Funeral Service. The family requests that memorials be made to McAlester Public Schools, Special Education, 1 Buffalo Drive, McAlester, OK 74501.
Born Sept. 13, 1950, in Nesoho, to Ross and Letha Hilburn Tucker, he graduated from Truman High School in Independence. He began his newspaper career as a copy boy at Kansas City Times and Kansas City Star in 1968 while attending Missouri State University. After college, he went to work for Stauffer Communications in Nevada as advertising director. He worked for Stauffer for 24 years. He was named publisher of The Marshall Democrat-News in 1978, and in 1983, he was named publisher of The Shawnee News-Star. In 2003, he worked at The Edmond Sun as advertising director. He was named to his current position as publisher of The McAlester News-Capital in 2005.
Survivors include his wife, Rae Tucker of the home; four sons, Jeffrey John Tucker of Shawnee, Matthew Miles Tucker and his wife, Michelle, of Shawnee, Stacey Scott Tucker and his wife, Makisha, of Shawnee and Jonathan Cale Cummins of the home; six grandchildren, Jesse Cole Tucker, Ross Dewayne Tucker, Croix Afton Tucker, Sosie Mila Tucker, Avery Dawn Tucker and Kaylee Moue Tucker; his mother, Letha Tucker, of Seneca; the mother of his children, Deborah Ellis of Shawnee; and a niece and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ross Tucker, and a brother, Marvin Wayne Tucker.
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