Coach Fred  Tucker
Coach Fred Tucker, 96, of Tifton passed away Thursday, October 17, 2019, at his residence. His funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 20, 2019, at Tifton's First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Chip Grantham and the Rev. Benjy Varnell officiating. Coach Tucker will be laid to rest at Oak Ridge Cemetery at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, October 20, 2019. A reception will be held in the church social hall immediately following the service.
Coach Tucker's grandsons, Mitchell Tucker, Sam Tucker, Aaron Tucker, Will Tucker, Cal Miller and Zachary Miller will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Foster Goff, Wynn Hancock, Tommy Cottle, Dick Kitchens, Tom Hilton, Leo Cooper, Roy McWilliams, Ryan Gravitt and Ricky Lawler.
Born June 29, 1923 in Tift County, Coach Tucker was the son of the late Eston Nick Tucker, Sr. and Recer Childs Tucker. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Ann Miller Tucker; one brother, Eston Nick Tucker, Jr.; and two sisters, Christine Bridges and Betty Walker. Before retiring, he was a football coach at Tift County High School and taught school for 70 years.
Coach Tucker is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Greg and Kelly Tucker of Tifton and Mark and Lori Tucker of Norcross; and six grandchildren, Carrie Tucker, Andie Tucker, Aaron Tucker, Will Tucker, Mitchell Tucker and Sam Tucker.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial gifts be made to Hospice of Tift Area, 618 Central Avenue North, Tifton, GA 31794; or the Peggy and Fred Tucker Scholarship at Georgia Military College, Attn: Sally Thrower, 201 East Greene Street, Milledgeville, GA 31061.
You may offer condolences to the family at the online guest registry at www.bowen-donaldson.com. Services for the Tucker family are under the care and direction of Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals.
Published on October 18, 2019

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Devane and Diane Simpson -October 29,2019
Oct 29, 2019
RIP Coach and thank God for your leadership, kindness and talent. Thankfully we were able to tell you at the 1958 Class reunion in 1988 what an influence you were to all of us. You trained and dedicated us to be the best we could be. This carried over to our real lives later and helped to create the success we have all enjoyed. You instilled in us the desire to make that one more effort, go one more extra step to excel. Our prayers are with your family and we wish them God's riches blessings and comfort.
"Coach you were/are one of a kind. God Bless you."
Charles Winslette
Oct 23, 2019
What a giant of a man and a coach!! Loved my time at Tift County and spending time talking football with Fred!!! He dedicated his life to kids and sent many good ones to Tift County High!!! Fred Tucker will always be remembered as bigger than life in Tifton Ga!!!! Thanks Coach!!!!
Mitchell & Julie Moore
Oct 20, 2019
What a life, what a witness, what a man ... I wonder what they think about 3 a days in Heaven? But he and Mrs Tucker are in HIS presence 24/7!!!!
LINDA JENNINGS
Oct 19, 2019
BEING A STUDENT OF MATT WILSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HOME OF THE MATT WILSON WARRIORS THERE ARE A LOT OF MEMORIES THAT WILL FOREVER LIVE ON BECAUSE OF YOU....THANKS COACH TUCKER