Robert “Bob” Murchison Tucker ’53

Robert (Bob) Murchison Tucker completed his journey home on Thursday, April 4, 2019, to the welcoming words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” He was born on November 27, 1931, in Burlington, NC to Leslie Dewey Tucker and Helon Murchison Tucker.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother L.D. Tucker, Jr., his first wife, Joann Newman Tucker and his great-granddaughter Joann Maria Burduja. He was educated in Burlington schools and he enjoyed playing football and baseball.

In 1949 he was selected to play in the North-South All-Star football game. He attended Davidson College on a football scholarship and was a 1953 Phi Beta Kappa graduate. He was also a member of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. He was a member of Naval ROTC and was commissioned into the Navy upon graduation during the Korean War conflict.

After military service in the U.S Navy, he moved to Goldsboro, NC where he worked for General Electric for 37 years. He served as President of the Goldsboro Jaycees. Bob was a former Chairman of the Goldsboro Salvation Army Advisory Board and served the organization for decades. He especially enjoyed ringing the bell and continued to do so through his 86th year.

Bob spent many years in leadership at First Presbyterian Church in Goldsboro as an Elder, a member of the “Tuesday Trouble shooters,” and was involved in missions of the church, which included mission trips to Africa on 10 separate occasions. Recently, he was a member of Crossway Church of Goldsboro.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Marsha Barrow Tucker, his 5 children: Leslie Tucker Gayk (Ted), Robert M. Tucker, Jr. (Cindy), Jane Tucker Price (Doug), Donald H. Taylor, Jr. (Martha), and Tiffany Taylor Stroud (Ralph). He is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at 5:00 PM at Cornerstone Church located at 401 N. Oak Forest Road, Goldsboro, NC. The family will receive friends following the service. Interment will be at a later date in the Eastern Carolina State Veteran’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given to the Salvation Army, 610 N. William Street, Goldsboro, NC 27530.

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Published in on Apr. 9, 2019