|Birth: ||Aug. 11, 1906|
|Death: ||Nov. 26, 1983|
Rhea H. Tucker, former Green Co. Circuit Court Clerk, died Sat., 26 Nov, at Jane Todd Crawford Memorial Hospital. Tucker, left completely blind at age 11, distinguished himself by the abilities he developed in spite of his handicap. With competency and proficiency he served as Green Co. Circuit Clerk from 1946 until his retirement in 1975. Earlier he was county examiner, a deputy in the clerk's office and secretary of the Chamber of Commerce.
An accident with a BB gun claimed the sight of one eye when Tucker was 9. An incident involving a dynamite cap 2 years later resulted in total blindness, as well as the loss of the ends of 3 fingers and the thumb (to the first joint) on his left hand. Following the second accident, Tucker spent 8 years receiving general and special education at the School for the Blind in Louisville. While there he became an accomplished trumpet player (later playing in dance bands) took courses in the commercial department (including typing), in carpentry, and in farm work.
He achieved the coveted rank of Eagle Scout in Troop 10 in Louisville, becoming the first blind person to achieve that rank in Louisville. He was graduated fro high school in 1925. Tucker worked for many years taking dictation from attorneys. With a typing speed of 75 to 100 words a minute, he efficiently listened and typed their work. In 1938 he married Vester Montgomery. In their ensuing years they enjoyed a well-earned reputation throughout legal and governmental fields.
Under Tucker's leadership the office of the Green Co. Circuit Court Clerk became known as one of the most efficiently operated in the state. The espoused philosophy of Rhea Tucker through the years was, "If you quit, you are ready to die." Quitting time for him came quietly, sometime after 11 Jul when his wife, co-worker and eyes for 45 years, left his side.
Rhea H. Tucker was born in Green Co., 11 Aug 1906 and died Sat. 26 Nov 1983. He was the son of the late Elijah P. Tucker and Mattie Jameson Tucker. He was a life long resident of the county and at the time of his death made his home at 207 South First St. He was a member of Greensburg Baptist Church.
He is survived by several nieces and nephews. His wife, Vester Montgomery Tucker, preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were 4 brothers: Percy, Ray, Roy, and Willie. Tucker's funeral was Mon 1 pm at Foster-Jones Funeral Home with burial in Greensburg Cem. The Rev. George Price officiated. Pallbearers were George Colvin, Damon Judd, Boyce Hudson, Billy Shuffett, H.H. Durham ,and Colby Cowherd.
Elijah Percy Tucker (1876 - 1931)
Mattie Jameson Tucker (1878 - 1933)
Vester Montgomery Tucker (1906 - 1983)*
Rhea Harding Tucker (1906 - 1983)
Roy Lee Tucker (1909 - 1968)*
Greensburg City Cemetery
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Record added: Jul 13, 2011
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