Co-founder of Tucker Sausage funeral set Thursday

Founded in 1949, Tucker Sausage grew from a backyard operation to a workforce exceeding 30 employees. Tucker Sausage was known nationwide for aged country hams, being compared favorably to the European prosciutto.

Mr. Tucker was well advised by uncle G. H. Tucker, Bill Vaughn and Ernest Tidwell, among others.He helped supply food at the Michigan State Fair for 25 years, as well as others.Later in life, he was a silent partner in Coles Ferry Village Development, extending to Highway 231 including Hunters Creek Apartments.

Mr. Tucker was a long time member of the Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Church, having first attended Sunday School there on North Cumberland Street in the early 1930s.He became a member in the early 1950s, and served both as a Deacon and Elder for many years. 

The family will receive friends at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. and on Thursday from 11 a.m. until the 2 p.m. service at the Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Services will be conducted by Rev. Kevin Medlin and Rev. Billy Hill. Interment will follow at the Cedar Grove Cemetery. 

Survivors include: his wife of over 57 years Leah Brown Tucker; children Ronnie Tucker and Peggy (Jerry) Watson -- all of Lebanon; granddaughter Jessa (Aaron) Templeton and great granddaughter Kailynn Templeton -- all of Murfreesboro. Also surviving is brother-in-law John (Pat) Brown of Jefferson City; and cousins Sam (Edna) Forbes and Betty Ann Griffin.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters Joyce and Connie Tucker.

Honorary pallbearers include: Sam Oldham and the Elders & Deacons of Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Active pallbearers:  Bill Nixon, Joe Cripps, Bill Berry, Ernie Morrison, Sam Watson, Bob Boyce, Larry Stroud and John Brown.

The family has requested memorials be made to the Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 522 Castle Heights Avenue, Lebanon, 37087.  Arrangements by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.