Robert Perry Tucker

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Robert Perry Tucker, 81, of Asheville, passed away June 2, 2010 at the Courtyard Rehabilitation & Nursing Center after a period of declining health. Bob was born in Asheville to the late Robert and Ethel Tucker on May 21, 1929. He graduated Lee Edwards High School in 1947 and Asheville Biltmore College in 1950. Bob served in Korea from 1952-1954 in the 3rd Infantry Division of the US Army. Upon returning from Korea, Bob attended NC State, after which he returned to Asheville to work with his father at Tucker Realty. He was a life-long member of Central United Methodist Church and was active at Biltmore Methodist until his illness. Bob was a free spirit who loved people and life. He was always very positive and never met a stranger. Left to cherish his memories include his wife of 48 years, Mary Reeves Tucker; one son, of whom he was so proud, Robert Perry Tucker, II and his wife, Rebecca; three grandchildren whom he loved dearly, Devon, Rachel and Mitchell; one niece, Barbara Myers and her husband, Dan and their son, Noah; one grand-niece, Diamond Donahue and sister-in-law Betty Rowland and her husband, Calvin. A funeral service will be held at 3:00 PM on Sunday, June 6, 2010 at Biltmore United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Susan Pillsbury-Taylor officiating. Interment will follow in Calvary Episcopal Churchyard. The family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 PM on Saturday at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian. The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff at The Courtyard for the loving care extended to Bob during his last months.

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  1. Bob, Rebecca, Devon, Rachel and Mitchel,

    Open your hearts to the love of family at this time of grieving. Know that God loves you and cares for you and is present to you in friends and family at this difficult time. Share the family stories that make you laugh and cry. This is a time of looking back and moving forward. Let the Holy Spirit hold you and guide you now and always, and bring you Peace. You are all in our hearts and prayers.

  2. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time. May God wrap his healing arms around all of you and give you peace.

  3. Bob & Rebecca – I am so sorry to hear of Bob Sr.’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this diffcult time.

  4. Bob, so sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. I know how close you were with him. My prayers and thoughts are with you and Rebecca and the children.

  5. Robert and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I have lost both my parents and I truly do know your pain. My thought and prayers are with you all, and the wonderful memories will get you through. Sincerely Kathy Hamilton

  6. Bob: Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Losing someone you love is one of the hardest, if not the hardest, thing we go through in life. I lost both parents, a brother (4 years ago) and my granddaughter (1 1/2 years ago). It is a difficult and, sometimes, life alternating, event. Please accept our sympathy and love. Betty anc Wayne

  7. Dear Mary,

    Our friend and former colleague, Rosa Brigman, told me of Bob’s death, and I wanted you to know that you have been in my thoughts and prayers.

    I just completed my 26th year with Asheville City Schools. After 7 years at Aycock, I moved on to Asheville Middle (on S. French Broad), and I’ve been there 19 years. I teach 8thh grade and really like it.

    All these years later, and I still remember all the help and support you gave me during those very challenging beginning years. Now, all the young teachers look to me for that very-needed encouragment. I am deeply grateful to say that I consider it to be even more of a privilege to teach. What a blessing.

    Again, you and yours are in my thoughts and prayers.

    God bless you,

    Greg Lisenbee

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