The Times West Virginian


November 11, 2010

Kevin Charles Tucker

FAIRMONT — Kevin Charles Tucker, 39, of Corbin Branch Community, passed away at home on Wednesday (Nov. 10, 2010) surrounded by his family after a valiant 6 1/2-year battle with a brain tumor.

He was born Nov. 30, 1970 in Fairmont, the only son of Charles Dallas (Tina) Tucker of New Milton and Patricia Ann Tucker of White Hall.

He was employed as general manager of the family business, Soles Electric Co. Inc. and Rebuilders Inc. He was proud of his family’s accomplishments and took pride in the businesses that he loved with all his heart. His employees were not just employees to him, they were all a part of his family.

He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Lori McDougal Tucker; his three sons, Dylan Tucker of Salesville, Ohio, and Dallas and Davin Tucker, still at home; his nephew, Taron Dick, whom he was raising and loved as his own, still at home; two sisters, Dawn (Larry) Orton of Colfax and Kerri Morrone of White Hall; his father-in-law, James (Darlene) McDougal of Fairview, N.C.; his mother-in-law, Alice McDougal of Fairmont; four sisters-in-law, Laurinda Kovach (Richard Ensminger) of Fairmont, Angela (Steve) Tennant of Fairview, Pam McDougal of Baxter, and Bridgette McDougal of Fairview, N.C.; two brothers-in-law, Jimmy McDougal, who was one of his caretakers and best friends, of Corbin Branch Community, and Brian McDougal of Fairview, N.C.; and his best friend, Ed Conaway, whom he considered a brother, of Corbin Branch Community.

He also is survived by nieces and nephews, Brian and Ashley Kovach; Tyson Dick; Brandon and Tiarra Samargo; Steven, Logan and Alyssa Tennant; Travis and Logan Orton; and Kelsey and Gentry Morrone; and many uncles, aunts and cousins whom he loved dearly.

He loved the Lord and throughout his illness remained faithful, spreading his testimony of faith to others. He was a member of Swisher Hill Union Mission Church and currently attended Fairmont Alliance Church in Fairmont.

He was one of the founders and previous owners of the 4-T Arena and formerly owned Tucker Equipment Sales and Service Inc. He had a natural talent as a team roper and was capable of performing either task as the header or the heeler. He enjoyed traveling the different states with his uncle and cousin, Larry and Jeff Tucker, to compete in several different rodeos: the United States Team Roping Championships, American Professional Rodeo Association, International Professional Rodeo Association and the Southern Rodeo Association.

He was a member of the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association and Electrical Apparatus Service Association. He was an avid Mountaineer football and basketball fan. He enjoyed tailgating with his family and friends and traveling to the bowl games. He had a love for Harley-Davidson motorcycles and enjoyed camping and vacationing in Gatlinburg, Tenn., with his family.

He loved riding ATVs, playing basketball and attending Pirates games with his sons. He was a wonderful and loving man who put others before himself, even during his illness. He always kept a smile on his face and had a kind word for someone when they needed it. He was a living example of faith for his boys and all who knew him as he lived a full life that was pleasing to God.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Charles and Beatrice Tucker and Bud and Dee Dee Culver. His deceased grandfather, Charles Tucker, was his life mentor who taught him how to live a full and productive life and how to be a strong man while doing so.

We extend our thanks to the staff at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center and Dr. Alejandro Torres-Trejo for their continued care and support for Kevin and our family over the past 6 1/2 years and to Hospice Care Corp. of Taylor County for keeping Kevin comfortable and making his transition from this earth to heaven as easy as possible for him and his family.

We also thank family and friends and members of the community and church who have traveled this journey faithfully with us. Your prayers and help in any way possible, doing whatever needed to be done, made our lives as well as Kevin’s quality of life, better.

Visitation will be at Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont, from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday. A closed-casket funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Baptist Temple Church, 430 Morgantown Ave., Fairmont, with Pastor Tom Edgell, a family friend, officiating. The committal service will follow in Grandview Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kevin’s memory to Fairmont Alliance Church, 801 East Park Ave., Fairmont, WV 26554.

Pallbearers will be Brian Kovach, Brandon Samargo, Steven Tennant, Taron Dick, Travis Orton and Logan Orton. Junior pallbearers will be Dallas Tucker and Logan Tennant.

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