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“Love you,Will miss you dearly❤ ”
1 of 5 | Posted by: Alma Jones-Allison - Richland, MS

“I met this dear man when I began law practice in Holmes County in 1966. Over the years we handled several matters in opposite positions during which...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Bob Gilfoy - Saltillo, MS

“Eddie was a wonderful attorney, a credit to the profession. Our lives are all enriched because of his life and works. Chief Justice, Retired. Bill...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Bill Waller, Jr - Jackson, MS

“Prayers of sympathy to the Family, Eddie will be remembered for his support of the Knights of Peter Claver,and Ladies Auxiliary ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: DEMARIS BROWN - MOBILE, AL

“Good man., great person, will be missed immensely. ”
5 of 5 | Posted by: Vic Hall Sr - Javkdon, MS

EDDIE HOWARD TUCKER, SR. was born to Eddie William Tucker and Hazel Bracey Tucker in Jackson, Mississippi. Both of his parents preceded him in their deaths. From the time of his birth on November 25, 1935, and throughout his life, his maternal grandmother, Virgie Bracey assisting raising him where he lived on Bell Street in Midtown Jackson.

His formative Christian education began at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. He matriculated from elementary to junior high to his senior high school years. His high school accomplishments include Senior Class President, numerous academic scholar awards, and member of the basketball team. With a pride for his teenage years, Eddie Tucker Sr. is recorded in the annals of the Lanier High School Bulldogs. Having attended there for a brief stint, he returned to Holy Ghost Catholic School and completed the high school requirements towards the awarding of his high school diploma where he graduated in 1954.

Tucker enrolled at Tennessee State College (Nashville, Tennessee) in the fall of 1954. He was awarded the bachelor of arts degree in Political Science and graduated in 1958.

He was inducted into the Rho Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated in 1958. It was also at this time when he met his wife, the Willie M. Jones of Birmingham, Alabama The two were married during this same year.

Tucker entered the United States Army in 1958 where he was stationed at Fort Benning, South Carolina. He remained there as a Private First Class OR-3 until the time of his discharge in 1961.

Eddie Tucker, Sr. returned to the United States his family in 1961 settling in New York City. While there, he worked for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He enrolled at Howard University School of Law and received the Juris Doctorate degree in 1964. He then returned to Jackson, Mississippi and began his law practice devoted to general practice and civil rights.

Tucker was member and served as the third past president of the Magnolia Bar Association. He devoted himself to issues affecting African Americans. He contributed to several initiatives addressing racial conflicts that arose out of the demand for the fair treatment and first class citizenship of African Americans in Mississippi. He is also chronicled in the Meridian Star (May 16, 2017) as the lead author along with attorneys Constance Slaughter Harvey, Reuben Anderson and Fred L. Banks, Jr. in the naming of the Jackson Courthouse Building, United States District Court, Mississippi Southern District in honor of civil rights attorney, R. Jess Brown.

Eddie Tucker, Sr. was faithful member of the Holy Ghost Catholic Church. He was elected National Advocate as the attorney to represent the largest and oldest-predominantly African American lay Catholic organization where he served in this capacity from 1982 to 1988.

Tucker along with his life-long friend, Charles Jones and their wives, Doris Jones and Willie Tucker, established Jackson Memorial Funeral Home. He is also credited with his business partner, Wansley Wright, as founders of the Mississippi Casket Manufacturer's, Incorporated in 1980.

Eddie H. Tucker, Sr. also served as Basileus of Beta Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated from 1969 to 1972.

Eddie Howard Tucker, Sr. lived a full and vibrant life. He is survived by his wife, Ms. Willie M. Jones Tucker along with his four daughters: Cerita Tucker Smith (Myles) of Birmingham, Alabama; Valerie Tucker-Thomas (Tom) of Memphis, Tennessee; Terri Tucker-Moore (Marvin) of Birmingham, Alabama; and Pamela Tucker-Gorden of Stone Mountain, Georgia; his only son, Eddie "Ricky", Jr. (Samantha) of Pinson, Alabama and seventeen grandchildren including: Takiyah Tucker and Ifetayo Tucker of Birmingham, Alabama; Marcus Thomas of Dallas, Texas; Brian Tucker Smith and Rachel Smith of Birmingham, Alabama; Graig Gorden, Jr. of Stone Mountain, Georgia; Kafinia and Kamaria Tucker of Birmingham, Alabama; Michael Gorden of Jackson, Mississippi; Razika and Razina Tucker of Birmingham, Alabama; Raziya Tucker of Newark, New Jersey; Kayla Gorden of Stone Mountain, Georgia; Eddie H. Tucker, III of Stockbridge, Georgia; Gabriella, Evan and Zoeey Tucker of Pinson, Alabama. Ten great-grandchildren, a devoted godson, Steven Powell of Jackson, Mississippi and a host of cousins along with the extended community of affiliates, colleagues and friends complete the family circle of Eddie Howard Tucker, Sr.