A memorial service for Merlon "Dwayne" Tucker, 88, of Tyler will be held on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Colonial Hills Baptist Church with the Rev. Robert Carter officiating. A graveside service will be held at noon in Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery under direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the church following the service.
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Mr. Tucker passed away Jan. 21, 2014, at ETMC in Tyler. He was born Nov. 30, 1925, in Martins Mill to David Peel and Blanche Seale Tucker.
Dwayne graduated from Waco High School in 1943 and played football while there. He attended Texas A&M University where he played offensive tackle, No. 70. While attending A&M he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War.
Following his service to his country, Dwayne began his career as a seed buyer and a mill manager, which lead him to Swift & Co. In 1970 he began a 22-year career with Chickasha Cotton Oil Co. in Fort Worth, where he served as president for six years before retirement. He was an active member and served as a deacon of Wedgewood Baptist Church in Fort Worth. Upon retirement, Dwayne moved to Scroggins where he resided on Lake Cypress Springs and was a member of First Baptist Church, Mount Vernon. He later moved to Tyler, where he could be closer to his grandsons and family. Dwayne enjoyed fishing, following Aggie football, reading and spending time with dear friends and family.
Dwayne was the most loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was loved and adored by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, David Peel and Blanche Seale Tucker; son-in-law, Timothy Biggers King; and sister, Phannon Dorman.
Dwayne is survived by his loving family including his wife of 64 years, Billidare Cowgill Tucker; daughter, Lisa Tucker King; grandchildren, Tucker Andrew King and Tanner Christopher King; and by many nieces and nephews.
If desired, memorials may be made to Pine Cove Christian Camps or the Alzheimer's Alliance of Smith County.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Jan. 23, 2014