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Reuben Dobson Tucker

Reuben Dobson Tucker

Reuben Dobson Tucker was born December 13, 1930 and raised in Brentwood, Tennessee to Sullivan Tucker and Carrie Ann Clayborne Tucker.  He and his twin brother Benjamin Major were the second born sons following older brother Sullivan Jr. Reuben and Ben were older brothers to William (Billy).

Reuben’s strong work ethic began as a teenager.  He and his twin brother Ben worked at the Noble Restaurant in Brentwood. Both brothers were musically talented, and they could be heard practicing their instruments. Reuben grew up in a strong Christian home; their maternal grandfather, Rev. Clayborne was the Pastor of Clayborne Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Franklin TN.

Reuben graduated from Peal High School Nashville TN. While in high school he started photography.  After high school he enlisted in the United States Air Force. While stationed at Norton AFB San Bernardino CA he met the love of his life, Erma Jean Green. They married March 25, 1956.

"Reuben served in the United States Airforce for 20 years and retired as a Procurement Tech-Sergeant from McGuire Air Force Base. In New Jersey.  He settled his family in Edgewater Park NJ. After retirement he went to work for The Boeing Company in Philadelphia, PA, and the RCA Corporation in Camden, NJ. With his wife, they started EJT Interiors a custom window treatment and interior design business. They successfully grew their business for 40 years, in Willingboro NJ.

In his spare time, he loved supporting his children’s dreams and assisted them with raising children, careers of their own, and supported Missionary missions in Africa. He volunteered in Burlington County Chamber of Commerce, and at McGuire AFB. Reuben was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church of Burlington City, N.J quietly serving behind the scenes at the church. He joined the Rotary International Club of Beverly, NJ in 2008; eventually becoming the club’s first African American President.


Reuben was well-loved and respected by everyone who met him. He often helped strangers who had fallen on hard times, and they often became employees and or lifelong friends. Reuben loved the LORD. He renewed his faith and commitment to serve Christ when a client witnessed to him. Reuben had a great sense of humor, always funning and making you laugh. Reuben and Ben loved fooling people on who was who.


Aside from being survived by his wonderful wife, Erma. He also leaves behind his eldest son Reuben Desmond (Kelly) of Newaygo MI, daughters Loretta of Edgewater Park, Mildred of Port Royal TN and sons David (Keiko) of Brunswick GA and Derrick of Edgewater Park NJ. In addition, he is survived by nephews, Wayne Tucker (Caroline) and Edwin Grimsley of NYC NY, Cousin Florence Smith Gillespie of St Louis MO, sister-in-law Gloria Tucker of Savannah GA. Reuben has three grandchildren, David of Republic MO, Joel (Erin) of Grand Rapids MI and Matthew of Springfield MO and six great grandchildren, Presley, Jordan, Oakley of Republic MO and Evangeline, Leyla, and Charlize of Grand Rapids MI. and a host of family in Brentwood TN, Rhode Island, Atlanta GA, Pasadena and San Bernardino CA


The family thanks the Staff at Harmony Village Care One Moorestown, NJ for their love of care for Reuben. You all served him well and he was happy to be there.

We also give thanks to the Staff at Active Day of Delran for their loving care. Appreciated your calls and words of encouragement.


Many thanks to our family and friends for being there for us, loving on us and caring for us in a special way.  We love you!

Reuben Tucker, formally of Edgewater Park, NJ departed this life on Monday, March 22, 2021. Celebration of Life will held Wednesday, March 31, 2021 11AM  at the TL Hutton Family & Friends Funeral Services, 869 Beverly Road, Burlington, NJ. Family and friends may view 10 AM until time of service. Interment: BGWCD Vetran Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown, NJ. Services will be live stream 11AM at

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