Cecil R. Tucker Death, Obituary – Cecil Raymond Tucker, of Odessa, TX passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in his sleep at home on September 18, 2022 with his loving wife, Rebecca, by his side. He was born April 19, 1936, to Raymond Hix Tucker and Lorene Crowder Tucker in Albany, TX. He grew up with 3 brothers in Andrews, TX, and graduated from Andrews High School. Cecil went on to college in Odessa, TX and went to work for UniCal starting at the bottom but eventually worked his way up to “Company Man”. He had a strong work ethic and believed that if you wanted something badly enough, hard work would lead you to it and he instilled that work ethic in his 5 children. He went on to work for NRM Petroleum as “Operations Manager” where he retired in 1987. He was so excited to retire and enjoy a life of relaxation and golf but soon found himself bored and looking for his next adventure.
He had always been an avid fisherman, hunter and competition shooter and had won many trophies and awards during competition rifle matches so he put his efforts and expertise into becoming a gunsmith and bullet maker, which he did successfully the rest of his life. He was known for his scope repairs and bullets all over the world, which he promoted while attending and shooting in different competitions, evening bringing home first place in a world competition with 3 other teammates. He also loved working with wood and enjoyed building different wood projects, both for home and to sell. He loved working with metal and made knives in his spare time.
He married Rebecca Dennis and they shared 47 wonderful years together. The love between them could be seen in the way they still looked at each other and sweet gestures they shared between them. Cecil was a good man. He was a strong and loving man who always pushed himself to be better than he was yesterday and instilled that in his children. He was fiercely loyal to his family and friends and had great pride and love for his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchild He had an amazing love for God and could be found reading his bible or Daily Word regularly and loved listening to his Gospel CD’s at home while playing card games with his wife. He will be greatly missed by his family and by his many friends that lovingly called him “Tuck”. He was known to have a wickedly dry sense of humor and his laugh was infectious. You just couldn’t help but laugh right with him and his smile and blue eyes could light up a room.
Cecil was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond Tucker and Lorene Tucker; his oldest brother, Gene Tucker; his youngest brother, Ralph Tucker; his son, Raymond Tucker; his great-granddaughter, Lilly Maxey; and his first wife, Vivian Dell Looney Tucker. Cecil is survived by his wife, Rebecca Tucker of Odessa: daughter, Carla Horkey of Little Elm; son, Ronald Tucker and wife, Juanice of San Angelo; daughter-in-law, Regenia Tucker; son, Kelly Tucker of Midland; daughter, Michelle Wildeman and husband, Joey of Odessa; 9 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; his younger brother Richard and wife Marlene; many nieces and nephews; 5 puppy dogs and a cat as well as his many, many friends.
Memorial services will be at Highland United Methodist Church in Odessa on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 3:00 pm.
Flowers are welcome; due to his long heart history, Contributions may be sent to The American Heart Association.
The family would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation and warmest gratitude to the Odessa Fire and Rescue EMT’s and Ector County Sheriff’s Deputies for your heroic efforts and kindness at our darkest hour.