E.J. Tucker, formerly of Pernell, Oklahoma, was born on May 18, 1928, in Ralston, Oklahoma, and passed from this life on October 17, 2017, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at the age of 89 years.
E.J. grew up in Jumbo, Oklahoma, and attended school in Moyers, and later in Shawnee. In 1945, he graduated high school alongside Gordon Cooper. He then attended college at Oklahoma A&M.
On September 26, 1952, E.J. married Betty Jean Walters, the love of his life, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Mr. Tucker worked as a foreman for Wilson Foods for 28 years.
E.J, a gifted athlete, turned down a baseball contract with the Milwaukee Braves to remain close to family and played exhibition basketball games against the Harlem Globetrotters. He played baseball for the Wilson Packers in the Industrial League in the 1950s, also playing for Wilson in both basketball and league bowling.
E.J. helped to run a prison ministry in Lexington for a number of years in the early 2000s. In his spare time, he enjoyed golf, and was a true sports enthusiast. His greatest devotion was always to his family, and to his deep and abiding faith in his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Mr. Tucker is survived by his wife, Betty Jean Tucker of the home; 2 daughters: Jill Shaw and husband Patrick of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Gail Grego of Norman, Oklahoma; 2 sons: Ross Tucker and wife J.J. of Davis, Oklahoma, and Jeff Tucker and wife Lisha of Wichita, Kansas; 2 brothers: Darrell Tucker and wife Emily of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Jimmie Tucker and wife Cissy of Noble, Oklahoma; 6 grandchildren: Lindsey DeBerry and husband Jason, Reagan Tucker, Joshua Grego, Blanton Tucker, Emma Tucker, and Lily Tucker; and 2 great-grandchildren, Jack and Raphael.
Mr. Tucker was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Mary Taylor.
Funeral services were scheduled for Friday, October 20, 2017 at 10 a.m. at Mayridge Baptist Church, 4617 S. May Ave., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with Bro. Charles Melton officiating.
Interment was in the Foster Cemetery under the direction of Wooster Funeral Home. You may send condolences to the family at www.woosterfuneralhomes.com.
Published on October 20, 2017