January 22, 1885 - September 16, 1967
|January 22, 1885, was a birthday of the second of ten children born to the Reverend Robert Wilson Tucker and his wife, the former Belle Zora Millican. The baby boy, named Ollie Lee Tucker, was born in Deerford, Louisiana, where his father was serving as pastor ofthe Methodist Church.
Ollie Tucker received his formal education at the old Centenary College in Jackson, Louisiana, where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha social fraternity and where he developed study habits, which remained a part of his life until his last days.
In early manhood, Brother Tucker met Ruth Knowles of Ruston, Louisiana, and on December 28, 1914) they were married in Ruston; they ultimately became the parents of three sons and a daughter. Also in 1910, the young minister joined the Louisiana Conference On Trial; in 1912, he was admitted into the Conference in Full Connection and ordained a Deacon, and in 1914 received his ordination as an Elder. Over a period of some forty years, Brother and Mrs. Tucker served pastorates in the Louisiana Conference, beginning at Antioch and Vienna, and including Jonesboro, Lake Providence, Bastrop, Logansport, Keener Memorial in Baton Rouge, Rayville, Wisner, New Iberia, Amite, Winnfield, Istrouma in Baton Rouge, and Slidell. At the Annual Con-ference session in 1951 Brother Tucker retired from the active ministry and moved into his own home in Ruston, where he lived until the time of his death on September 16, 1967.
Funeral service for the beloved minister was conducted in Trinity Methodist Church, Ruston, and reference was made to his translation of his belief into the life that he had lived. His was a faith that stimulated an active mind, prompted a dedicated ministry under varied circumstances, supported him through personal tragedy and loss, and sustained him to the end of his earthly life. Ollie Lee Tucker has now claimed that heritage for which each of us was created, but the results and the memory of his life will long linger to bless all with whom he lived and worked.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church, Pages 215-217, 1968 by Douglas L. McGuire.|