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Lee Funeral Home

11840 Highway 90, Little River, SC

OBITUARY

Michael Lewis Tucker

November 2, 1950October 8, 2019

It is said that we never become really, and genuinely, our entire and honest selves until we pass, and if everyone truly lived their lives as described in their memorial, the world would be a better place. There are rare exceptions of those that live these words while they are present among us, and when you meet them, they leave you a better person. One such person was Michael Lewis Tucker.

To meet Mike once was to know Mike, every day of his life. He took a genuine interest in everyone he met, and could immediately find common experiences to get to know you better. You could feel his confidence fill a room when he entered, yet his humility put you at ease, because you knew it was coming from his preparedness and not from his ego. Mike was a fierce competitor, but only to challenge himself to be better. Mike never sought fame, but you always remembered meeting him. He never sought fortune, but you always got his best effort. Mike was never out to prove you wrong, but was passionate about what he knew was right. He didn’t need you to agree with him to like you. He accepted you for who you are, and appreciated the mental stimulation you provided if you disagreed. He was fiercely independent, yet never sacrificed time for what was important.

Mike’s core was firmly rooted in his family. He often remarked that his daughter, Toni Turner (Tommy), and son, Michael Tucker, Jr. (Shonda), taught him to love selflessly. Nothing made him happier than to spend time with them and their growing families, his grandchildren (Megan Wilcox, Michael L. Tucker III, Katilyn and Kalani Gaddy), and his great-grandchildren (Kylan S. & Hudson M. Burnett). None of it was possible without the one person he credited with teaching him what true love is, his wife of over forty five years, Trudy Hefner Tucker. Mike would often say that he didn’t know what he had done to deserve the care and love that she provided him throughout their lives. He never doubted how she made him feel, and his devotion to her grew stronger with time. Mike loved her, and was as close to her family (father, Harold Hefner (deceased), mother, Jean Coble, and siblings, Tony & Wanda Pollard) as he was his own.

Mike was many things, to many people. He had countless friends throughout the world. To his father, Thomas R. Tucker, and mother, Lillian (who we all agree was the first to hug him in Heaven), he was a devoted son. Mike had special relationships with each of his siblings, Thomas R. Tucker, Jr. (Bonnie), Richard J. Tucker (Gaye), James E. Tucker (Debbie), Mary T. Puett (David), and Lisa M. Rhoney (Tony), and loved them dearly. His childhood memories were the source of many laughs, and the impact each had on him was always evident by the fondness with which he delivered the stories.

True to Mike’s character, he did not want any mention of his professional accomplishments. His only concern before passing was that of his loved ones. He made sure there were no words left unsaid, and that everyone would be alright- principles he demonstrated his entire life. Never one for drama, he prepared for his passing the only way he knew how: courageously and head-on. There are many lessons we learn from a life well-lived, but few are more important than the example Mike Tucker left us. Putting others’ before himself, comforting those in need, and having the courage and strength to endure whatever life presents, will always and forever be his legacy.

We know the fish are biting up there, Mike! Your presence is missed, but our memories and love for you will be forever in our hearts.

Please join family and friends to share your memories of Mike:

2pm, Saturday, November 2, 2019 Christ Lutheran Church 324 2nd Ave SE Hickory, NC 28602

If you are not able to join us but still wish to show your support, please offer your memorials (in lieu of flowers) to:

Christ Lutheran Church 324 2nd Avenue SE Hickory, NC 28602

or

Embrace Hospice House 175 Village Center Blvd Myrtle Beach, SC 29579

A guestbook is available at www.leefhandcrematory.com.

Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach is serving the family.

Services

2 November

Memorial Service

2:00 pm

Christ Lutheran Church

324 2nd Ave SE
Hickory, NC 28602

Memories

Michael Lewis Tucker

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Sherry Hart

October 21, 2019

I was very sorry to hear about Michael. I went to school with Michael at Granite Falls High School. We had Algebra together.
He sat behind me and I have never forgotten,, he made a comment about our red headed fire engine........teacher. Well of course I busted out laughing. Mrs Russell ask me to share with the class what was so funny. Needless to say, I didn't want to get him in trouble so I got extra work to do. It was worth it. He was always so much fun. I pray for comfort for his family.
Sherry Gilliland Hart

First Choice Medical Equipment

October 14, 2019

We are so sorry for your loss! We know Mr. Tucker fought the good fight! He is no longer suffering and that in itself is a blessing. We pray the Lord give you strength during this difficult time. It sounds like you have many wonderful memories with Mr. Tucker. God bless you all.

Lorraine Keppel

October 11, 2019

We were neighbors for 2 years and I loved living next door to you and Mike, Trudy. He was always helping out around the complex, never seem to rest! He was a fierce fighter against his cancer and lived his life to the fullest. Everyone who knew Mike loved him. You couldn't help but love him. He was a loving husband and a great friend! I have missed you Mike and Trudy, and will pray for you and your family!
Lorraine Keppel

Lisa Rhoney

October 11, 2019

I don’t find it odd that in just about every picture I was always at your side. You protected me, loved me unconditionally, and thought of me as your own. I will miss our talks, your wise advise and most of all your hugs. I am so blessed that I had you as one of my big brothers. I will always love you.

George Christmas

October 10, 2019

I was blessed to know Mike. He loved life. He always had a joke or just a funny way of looking at a situation. Much love to Trudy, Toni and Big Mike.

Mary Puett

October 10, 2019

You were the bravest man I know. I will truly miss you brother. Give mom hugs for us.

Evone Smith

October 10, 2019

My heart is heavy knowing that a dear friend, coach and former co-worker has his wings. My condolence to the Tucker Family and I will keep you all in my prayers. R.I.P. Mike until we meet again.

DAVID PUETT

October 10, 2019

I AM FORTUNATE TO BE A MEMBER OF THE FAMILY....HAVING MARRIED MIKE'S SISTER, SO I'VE ENJOYED HIM FOR THE PAST 30+ YEARS.... ALWAYS ENJOYED HIS COMPANY, HIS JOKES, HIS LAUGHTER.....AND JUST SO MUCH FUN TO BE AROUND.... MUCH LOVE TO TRUDY, TONI, AND MIKE...

LA RUTH LOCKLEAR

October 10, 2019

I AM SO SORRY FOR THE FAMILY'S LOSS. HE WAS A CLOSE FRIEND TO ME. I ENJOYED WORKING WITH HIM AT ACME. HE WILL TRULY BE MISSED BY HIS FAMILY AND THE ONES THAT KNEW HIM.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY