Published in The Culpeper Star-Exponent on November 28, 2012
Joseph Travis Tucker Sr. Joseph Travis Tucker
Sr., 87, died on Thursday, November 22, 2012, at
home in Nanjemoy, Maryland.
He was born on December 13, 1924, in
Washington, D.C., to the late Hubert Quinton and
Mary Elizabeth Carpenter Tucker. Mr. Tucker was
born and raised in Washington, D.C., and graduated
from Central High School in 1943. He joined the United States Marine
Corp on active duty from 1943 until 1946 and left with the rank of
Sergeant. After serving in the military he attended University of Maryland
from 1946 until 1950 where he received his B.S. degree.
Mr. Tucker played for the Maryland Terrapins Football team as
Quarterback during the 1946 until 1950 seasons and participated in the 1948
and 1950 Gator Bowls.
Following his military and football careers, he joined the FBI in 1951. Later
that decade, he left to open his own beer distributorship in La Plata,
Maryland, which he ran until 1962. He then spent four years in Colorado
before returning to Virginia where he was self employed in the real estate
industry until his retirement. He spent his final years living on the banks of
the Potomac River in Nanjemoy, Maryland. Mr. Tucker had a passion for
the outdoors and was able to hunt throughout the United States as well as
multiple trips around the world. His lifelong love of gardening, fishing and
hunting, especially bird hunting, will not be forgotten. He will be greatly
missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his best friend and companion, Gloria Hampton of
Nanjemoy, Maryland; four children, Joseph Travis Tucker Jr. of Redford,
Texas, Wayne Douglas Tucker of Bronxville, New York, Virginia Tucker
Sledjeski of The Plains, Virginia, and Jill Tucker Hampel of Stafford,
Virginia; five grandchildren, Gavin Tucker of Redford, Texas, Jordan and
Molly Hampel of Stafford, Virginia, and Zachary and Logan Tucker of
Bronxville, New York; and three siblings, Dr. Hubert Quinton Tucker of
Orange, Virginia, William Dinwiddie Tucker of Arlington, Virginia, and
Mary Frances Fannon of Castleton, Virginia.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, December 1, 2012, at
Found and Sons Funeral Chapel, 850 Sperryville Pike, Culpeper, Virginia.
A private interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later
Memorial donations may be made in his name to Ducks Unlimited,
An online guestbook and tribute wall are available at
Found and Sons Funeral Chapel of Culpeper is serving the family.