|Birth: ||Nov. 2, 1892|
|Death: ||Feb. 4, 1967|
Songwriter, Poet. Samantha Isabell (Hughes) Tucker was born in Hillsboro, Texas in 1892, the daughter of Edward Thomas Hughes and his wife, Susan Ella Nora Warren Hughes. Both her parents had moved from Kentucky to Texas by covered wagon after the Civil War.
Samantha married Ernest R. Tucker on 11 October 1919. Devoted to one another, the couple were married for 46 years, until Ernest's sudden death in 1965.
Samantha and her husband were parents of three daughters, Sammie Lee, Ernestine, and Betty Jane -- who together became a very successful singing group, as well as popular recording artists, known as The Tucker Sisters.
As manager for The Tucker Sisters, Samantha not only looked out for their interests, but accompanied her daughters when they toured with the USO during World War II. During the USO tour or whenever the group visited military bases, Mrs. Tucker often got more attention than the stars and performers, including her three beautiful and talented daughters. The young, homesick soldiers often said the sweet, soft-spoken Mrs. Tucker reminded them of their own mothers back home. They would sit and talk with her, as well as ask to have their photo taken with her. She never tired of listening to these young soldiers talk about their homes and families, even keeping promises to look up their families in person and deliver messages from their sons in the service of their country. Many of these soldiers also corresponded with her from overseas.
In addition to being manager for The Tucker Sisters, Samantha I. Tucker was a poet and published songwriter in her own right. Her songs, were recorded and made popular by The Tucker Sisters and other singers, and were also performed throughout the country by orchestras and many of the Big Bands during the 1940s. Among her popular hits were, "Undecided Blues", "I'm Just Plain Jealous Over You", "Don't Come Telling Me You're Sorry", "Silvery Moon", and "Sally Ann".
After her husband's death, Mrs. Tucker resided in Chicago with her eldest daughter, Sammie Lee. She died in 1967, and is buried beside her husband in Dallas, Texas.
Edward Thomas Hughes (1858 - 1935)
Susan Ella Nora Warren Hughes (1864 - 1958)
Ernest Richard Tucker (1894 - 1965)
Sammie Lee Tucker (1920 - 1994)*
Ernestine Tucker Ryan (1924 - 2004)*
Betty Jane Tucker (1928 - 2004)*
Restland Memorial Park
Plot: Masonic Section
Created by: Ashley
Record added: Jul 05, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9043120