Willie F. “Tuck” Tucker Jr.


Willie Frank “Tuck” Tucker, Jr., was born October 12, 1943 in Louisville, Kentucky to the late Willie Sr and Lillie (Roberts) Tucker.

Willie attended Columbus Public Schools and graduated from South High. He developed a strong work ethic at a young age carrying the Columbus Citizen Journal in the morning and delivering the Columbus Dispatch in the evening. Then he went to work for Martins Jewish Grocery store as a stock clerk until he graduated.

After graduation he moved to East Chicago, Indiana to live with his father and worked in the US Steel Mill. Later, he returned to Columbus and worked at Martins grocery as a stock clerk and delivery driver until he became gainfully employed with Columbus Transit Authority (COTA). He drove for six years and then became a Division Supervisor. He retired from COTA with 40 plus years where he was loved and truly missed.

Willie married his teenage sweetheart Phylliss Payne and they had 4 children – Michael, Marsha, Melvin and Maurice. They courted for 5 years, married on April 29, 1967. They had 53 years of marriage and a total of 58 years together. His nephew Tyson always said there is no Willy without Philly and no Philly without Willy.

Tuck was a lot of fun to be around and there was never a dull moment with him. He loved his family and was always taking them fishing, camping, boating, to amusement parks and cruises. He never turned down any of the neighborhood kids that wanted to go with us. They loved him. Willie was family oriented and everyone knew he was there for them if they needed him. He had a heart of gold.

Willie accepted Christ at a very early age. He was an active member of the Mt. Vernon AME church until his health began to fail him. Willie served on the trustee board, security team and sang in the male and regeneration choir. Outside of the church he sang with the Ecumen, Spiritual Tones and the Rainbow Crusaders. He was well known for his singing ability and he loved singing for God. Everyone loved to hear him sing and whistle because his whistling sounded like he was singing.

Willie was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother- Louise Tucker his grandparents – Nelson and Susie Tucker, brothers – Raymond and Tommy Tucker, Sister – Luevada Tucker-Mahone, Father in law – Emmons Payne, Mother in laws -Irene Payne and Betty Payne, Brother in laws – David Payne, Timothy Washington, Morris Pettis, and Reginal Mahone, Sister in laws – Bernice Pettis and Barbara Payne, Grandson – Seth Clayborn, Nephews – Talbert Townsel, Lamont, Larry, Tyson Tucker and Markio Washington and Niece – Nicole Tucker and 11 Uncles and 11 Aunts.

Willie is survived by beloved wife – Phylliss Tucker, Sons – Michael(Karen)Tucker, Melvin, Maurice(Trina) Tucker, Daughter – Marsha(Stev’n) Clayborn, Sister – Cynthia Franks, Sister in laws – Patricia Tucker-Welch, Cheryl Tucker, Shirley(Charles)Rhodes, Sharon Washington, Shirley Payne, Brother in laws – Paul(Amanda) Payne, Emmons(Shirley) Payne, Uncles – James(Betty) Tucker, Roosevelt(Ada) Tucker Aunt – Luella Hodnett, 17 grandchildren, 5 greatgrandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins and host of other relatives and friends. Special friends – Arnette Brogdon, Karl Harris, James Crowder, Mr. and Mrs. Burns and Mac Williams. Tony Martin and Robert Strong (Cousin)

Public Visitation 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM; Private Visitation 10:30 AM and Private Funeral Service 11:00 AM Saturday, October 10, 2020 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave.

Masks and Social Distancing are required.

Interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Condolence Messages

  1. Dear Phyllis and family, I’m sorry to learn of Willie’s passing. May you find comfort in the love and memories you shared. Praying for you comfort, strength and peace during this very challenging time.

    Ceola (Biven/Thornton) Garrett

  2. We can’t begin to imagine what you are feeling, but please let us share our heartfelt condolences. In times of distress we need comfort that soothes our hearts. May the peace of God guard your hearts.

  3. South High School Alumni Association

    The South High School Alumni Association and its Board of Directors want to express our sympathy and send condolences at the death of your loved one. Our entire South High School family is diminished by his passing.

  4. Had the pleasure of working with Mr. Tucker at COTA… such a great man. Praying for your family

  5. On behalf of my family please accept my condolences on the lost of Mr. Tucker. I worked with him at COTA and he was always friendly and never met a Enemy. I prayer god keeps your family at this time and the days to come.

  6. Flayvalla Davis Hatchett(Gilchrest)

    Dear Phyllis , Just heard of Willie passing, know that our family will be praying for you and your family. We go a long way back with the Tucker family(Mound Street)…. I will keep you in my prayers.

  7. Praying for strength and comfort

  8. Sending my deepest sympathy to the Tucker family

  9. My prayers and condolences during this time.

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  11. Tracey Schriner-Fast

    Philliss, I’m so sorry to hear about Tuck’s passing. I know that during our younger years we had lots of fun with ya’ll. I believe that we will see each other on the other side in heaven.

  12. It is sadness to hear of Willie “TUCK” passing. He was the most genuine friend who graced his friendship upon me as fellow teammate as well at South High School class of 1963 ! He was more than a friend sharing many laughs with me and anyone he shared those wonderful years with. I just feel a great loss but the Lord has gathered him into his arms!
    REST IN PEACE my friend!! Condolences to you Philiss as your Angel is with the Lord!

  13. My condolences and prayers may God comfort and keep you during this time Uncle T was and always will be a great man!!!

    • Jamesena McCreary

      To the entire Tucker family Remembering you in my prayers. Wishing you peace and love, knowing that God is there with you at all times

  14. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May God grant you comfort and peace during this time and keep you forever in His care. We agree with you that your loved one is lying in sweet repose awaiting the sound of the trumpet.

  15. Yvonne and Brenda Coggins

    To the Tucker family, we are praying for you in your loss. Tuck was a wonderful and kind man who loved his family. He will be missed by all.

  16. Raymond & Winifred (Winnie) Carter

    We send our deepest condolences and prayers to you and your family. He will be missed.

  17. Linda Perry Magby

    Deepest condolences to the family of Willie Tucker. He was a good friend and my husband and I was honored that he sang at our wedding 22 years ago. He will be missed!

  18. Jamesena McCreary

    Dear Phyllis and the entire Tucker Family. Know that my prayers are with you hoping for comfort and peace in such a difficult time. May God bless you

  19. Gene and Crystal Stevenson


    You have our sympathy. The love between you and Willie has been an encouragement to us short timers. We have been married less than 15 years. Being married for more than 50 years is an achievement most people don’t accomplish.

    The love of God, your great faith, family and friends will help you make it through Willie’s transition.

    We are praying for you and your family.

  20. To my Family,
    The thought of never being able to physically hug or talk to Mr Tucker is Devastating! He was a Father too me and my Brother as he was for many! Always Loving, Always Supporting, Always There!
    The World lost a Phenomenal Soul! Until we meet again in Glory, know that you will be missed!
    Love You Dearly,
    Misty Elder

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