Oldest East Carolina Letterwinner passed away Oct. 4
William “Tuck” Eric Tucker Sr. of Richmond, Va passed away at home in Regency Woods at the age of 97 from natural causes on October 4, 2009. He was born February 2, 1912 in Winterville, NC of parents Edward F. and Sara E. Tucker. He had four brothers that proceeded him in death Edwin, Waylan, Kenneth Tucker and Gherman Taylor. He has survived by his spouse of 65 years Frances D. Tucker and his children William E. Tucker Jr., Waylan and Carol Tucker, and Barbara and John Creech. Also his four grandchildren Matthew and Benjamin Tucker, Jennifer and Christina Creech and several nieces and nephews.
He was the first male graduate of East Carolina University as a science major, and was also on the first football and basketball teams. After college he was employed in the Civilian Conservation Core before he entered the Army and served in World War 2 and retired as a lieutenant colonel. After the War he built several houses before entering the Masonry Contracting business. In 1957 he started his own business as William E. Tucker Inc. Masonry Contractor in Richmond, Virginia and continued a successful career until he retired in 1981. He enjoyed playing golf, cards, singing, traveling and Carolina Beach. He was a devoted Christian who sang in the choir at Ginter Park Baptist and the Golden Tones at Derbyshire Baptist.