October 20, 1930 – January 1, 2021
Carolyn Tucker of Ft. Smith left this earth to meet her Heavenly Father on January 1st, 2021. She was born October 20th, 1930 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to her parents Vivian Norvel Crouch and Hal Lancelot Crouch and was their only child. Carolyn's grandfather owned the first Dodge dealership in Tulsa. She attended the independent Episcopal Holland Hall School. At the age of twelve the family moved to Laguna Beach, California where they built the Seacliff Motor Motel, one of the first in the area. They hosted several movie stars including Bette Davis, The Seacliff is still in operation today as the Seaside Laguna Inn. Carolyn attended business school and met Roger Melton Tucker. They married August 23, 1950. In 1956 they moved to Ft. Smith where Mr. Tucker built a convenience store. His partner was Bob Payne. In the process of naming the business they decided to use the first letter of their last names, thus creating the "Pic N Tote". To the delight of customers they were the first to serve "Icees." Mr Tucker passed away on March 14, 1981.
Carolyn is survived by two daughters; Terry Lynn Rothwell and her husband Benjamin of Heber Springs, and Tina Louise Tucker Kesner and her daughter Kelsey Leigh Kesner of Ft. Smith and son Mason Issac Tucker Kesner of Bentonville. Carolyn would want to include Nemo Britton with her family since he was always like a son to her. Her greatest joy was being "Grammie" to Kelsey and Mason. She loved her memories of times spent with them when they were kids. She always loved trains, even as a child, and one of her favorite memories was taking the kids on the Van Buren Excursion Train. She often talked of Mason picking her up for dinner out, as well as cheering Kelsey on in her various school events. Carolyn centered her life around her family and serving the Lord and others.
Family and friends remember Carolyn in many ways.....how she played the piano "by ear", how throughout her life she loved Jesus and hymns that praised Him, enjoying pastel colors, orange juice, knitting sweaters for her daughters' teachers, leaving cold cokes on the pavement for the city workers. Some of her favorite gifts to others were Christian name plaques consisting of the biblical name, the meaning of the name and a coordinating scripture (many of these still hang in her friends’ homes}, making sour cream coffee cakes to share with others, and remembering to write notes or send cards to encourage others. She had the gift of hospitality, often opening her home to host dinners, weddings, baby showers, family and church events. She was full of grace and class with a giving heart. She was a woman of prayer, a mighty prayer warrior, helping establish prayer rooms at Trinity Temple and the Life Christian Church. She was active in the II Chronicles 7:14 Ministries focusing on praying for the city of Ft. Smith.
Carolyn's family wishes to thank the administration and staff of the Chapel Ridge Nursing Home where she lived the last few years. Thank you for your loving care giving her comfort, meeting her needs and spiritual support. Her days there were full of joy and contentment. You are truly angels on earth. Everyone there knew she loved chocolate ice cream and Braum’s burger combo meals with a vanilla shake.
She "served the Lord with gladness" on earth and in Heaven, she "came before His presence with singing." (based on the scripture Psalm 100:2)
Please join her family in honoring her and celebrating her 90 years of life by continuing to give to others, showing kindness, and have a heart for Jesus as she did.
You are welcome to sign the online guestbook to share your memories of Carolyn, please visit www.mcconnellfh.com.
- Mrs. Tuckeris survived by two daughters; Terry Lynn Rothwell and her husband Benjamin of Heber Springs, and Tina Louise Tucker Kesner and her daughter Kelsey Leigh Kesner of Ft. Smith and son Mason Issac Tucker Kesner of Bentonville. Carolyn would want to include Nemo Britton with her family since he was always like a son to her. Her greatest joy was being "Grammie" to Kelsey and Mason.
Private Family Service
January 11, 2021
I remember at a very early age working for Roger at the store when Miss Carolyn would come in it was always so good to see her she was always such a sweet person I remember going to their house several times and seeing Miss Carolyn there she was a very caring beautiful loving person I remember her daughters so well my deepest sympathy goes to the family. I remember going to the nursing home to visit Miss Carolyn having a look all over the building because she was out saying hello to everyone there she was everybody’s friend her roommate at the nursing home was also a good friend of mine.Often think of many memories of them as I was growing up.
Jane Jamell Hinkle
January 10, 2021
Dear Terry & Tina, Sending my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your Mother. In reading her beautiful obituary today brought back so many memories of Jr. and Sr. High being neighbors and the fun we had. I loved coming to your house and enjoyed your Mom's cooking. Our Moms were friends too and I remember that friendship too. My Dad was at Chapel Ridge the last couple of years of his life (Mom & Dad have been gone since 2013) and we too had a wonderful experience there and am thankful you all had the comfort in having your Mom in a facility that gave her such good care. I will be thinking of you all in the coming days.
January 10, 2021
What a Blessing to read this lovely tribute to your mom. I knew Roger from all the trips walking to Pic-N-Tote as a young girl. He was always so kind and friendly to me. May your mom rest in Peace. Prayers for your family as you grieve your loss.
Roger & Maria Dickerson
January 8, 2021
The first time I met aunt Carolyn was when our first born was born, she’s related to my husband Roger, she & Tina made the trip from Ft. Smith to Tulsa, OK., it was such a pleasure to meet them both. We are so glad we reconnected just a few years ago and she was as sweet and happy as we remembered her, wish it would’ve been sooner. She was a very special lady and we’ll remember her dearly. Love and hugs to the family. Roger & Maria Dickerson
January 7, 2021
I was lucky enough to meet the Tucker family in Junior High. Spending the night with Tina was always fun. Many memories of meeting older friends of Terry. The Tucker home was greatly remembered. Hoping for peace for family members. Thanks for the memories.
January 5, 2021
Sorry for your loss, Tina. Hope she will rest in peace.