Edward Austin “Sonny” Tucker, 77, of Hamburg died Sunday, November 3, 2019.
The son of the late Walter Edward and Maysel Austin Tucker, he graduated from Hamburg High School in 1960 and attended the University of Arkansas where he played trumpet in the Razorback Band. He graduated from Arkansas Polytechnic College with a degree in business in 1964.
After college, Sonny owned and operated W. E. Tucker Oil Co., Inc., and held numerous posts in the industry, including serving on the board of directors and as president of the Arkansas Oil Marketers Association and on the board of the National Oil Jobbers Council. He also served on the boards of First State Bank of Crossett and Farmers Bank in Hamburg. Members elected him as president of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and the Hamburg Kiwanis Club.
During the Vietnam War, he served in the U. S. Army Reserve. Sonny was a member of the first golf team at Arkansas Polytechnic College and remained an avid golfer. An enthusiastic Razorback fan, he also was a long-time member of the Barnes Deer Camp and the Woodstock Hunting Club. Sonny was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hamburg. He was a proud and loving Pop to his grand-girls.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Linda Crouch Tucker of Hamburg; a son, Edward “Eddy” Austin Tucker, Jr., and wife, Tracy; three granddaughters, Selby Caroline Tucker, Sloane Catherine Tucker and Scarlet Claire Tucker; a sister, Sue Tucker Nolan; a sister-in-law, Carol Moyers and husband David, all of Hamburg; a sister-in-law, Rebecca Harper Crouch of Springdale; two nieces and three nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 5, at the First Baptist Church of Hamburg with Dr. Bobby Pennington and Rev. Ty Danielson officiating. Burial will be at Pinewood Memorial Park.
Pallbearers are Willard Barnett, Cody Hale, Gatlin Hale, Jace Hale, Tommy Johnston, David Lyons, Michael Moyers, and Vince Tate. Memorials may be made to the Hamburg Bands, c/o Hamburg School District, 202 East Parker Street, Hamburg, AR 71646.
Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, at the funeral home.