ELGIN- Kenneth “Charlie” Tucker, 51, was born to Sarah Tucker and Willie Roach of Ridgeway. He departed this life on Sept. 19, 2012, at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) after a valiant battle with cancer.
At an early age, he joined Antioch Baptist Church in Ridgeway. He later married and joined St. John A.M.E. Church (Winnsboro). Eventually, when the family moved to Elgin, he reestablished his Baptist roots joining First Nazareth Baptist Church (Columbia) where he sang on the Brotherhood Chorus.
He attended the public schools of Fairfield County and later graduated from Midlands Technical College with a degree in Criminal Justice. He went on to serve on the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
However, painting was his passion and he spent several years as an independent contractor.
He later went on to work with Mack Trucks/Volvo North America where he was an active employee and UAW member until his death.
He leaves cherished moments for his wife of 26 years, Rosalyn Wade Tucker, three daughters, “Daddy’s Girls”: Kiara S. Tucker (Cayce), Whitney L. Tucker (Nashville, Tenn.) and India S. Tucker of the home, and one soon to be son-in-law, Justin Harlow (Chapel Hill, N.C.). Additional survivors include his mother, Sarah Tucker, and his brothers: Proven (Marilyn) Tucker, Moses (Bernice) Tucker, Willie Marion (Brenda) Roach and Ronald (Shirley) Bush, all of Ridgeway; his sisters: Ida Bush (Blythewood), Dorothy Nelson (Lugoff), Fannie (John) Ford and Bernice (Rudy) Montgomery (Ridgeway); six brothers-in-law, eleven sisters-in-law and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, two sisters and one brother.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the First Nazareth Baptist Church Scholarship Fund or the Hollings Cancer Center-MUSC.
Services were entrusted to Glover’s Memorial Chapel 423 North Congress St., Winnsboro.