Alexander Samuel Tucker, Jr., 79, passed on January 2, 2017. He was born on December 27, 1937, in Newport News, Virginia to Mary Elizabeth and Alexander Samuel Tucker, Sr. He completed Huntington High School in Newport News, VA in 1956. In 1957, Alexander Tucker married Dorothy Virginia Sinclair and together they raised three wonderful children, a daughter, Wanda Gail, and two sons, Verrandall Samuel and Vincent Alexander.
After several jobs as a waiter, Mr. Tucker became employed at the Newport News Post Office as a letter carrier from 1959-1968. In 1968, after graduating at the top of his class from CPI(Electronic Computer Programming Institute) in Norfolk, VA, he began working at NCR (National Cash Register Co.) as a Computer Operator and was later promoted to Systems Salesman until 1977. Continuing up the corporate ladder, he joined the Systems Management of America (SMA) team as Marketing Director until 1979.
In 1979, after the passing of his wife, Alexander Tucker, with the support of his siblings, organized Tucker Enterprises, Inc., a family business, and purchased Boulevard Cleaners and Laundry located in Norfolk, VA. That one location expanded to sixteen locations with 117 employees. In 1984, Mr. Tucker was blessed with another daughter, Fallen Alexis.
In 1986, Mr. Tucker was elected Business Man of the Year by the Tidewater Chamber of Commerce and the Tidewater Area Business Contractors Association (TABCA) and Tucker Enterprises, Inc. was named Business of the Year. That same year, the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) also recognized Tucker Enterprises, Inc. as Business of the Year and Mr. Tucker was selected as a representative for small businesses to the White House. He was also appointed as co-chairman of the Advisory Board to the School of Business at Virginia State University. After running a successful Hot Dog Vending Business (AI’s Chili Dog) in Downtown Richmond, VA for many years, Mr. Tucker retired in 2011 and lived his final days as a resident of Petersburg, VA.
Alexander Tucker, Jr. is a documented descendant of William Tucker, the first African-American child born in America. The William Tucker 1624 Society, made up of descendants, has consistently made significant contributions to the City of Hampton, the state of Virginia, and areas within the United States, contributing to the cultural, social, and economic growth of local communities and nurturing children in homes, schools and churches while continuing to excel personally, professionally and academically. The Society was recognized by Governor Kaine at the Jamestown 400 Year Celebration in 2007 and received a Proclamation from the City of Hampton in April 2013. At the time of his passing, Alexander was serving as Vice-President of the William Tucker 1624 Society.
Mr. Tucker was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Sinclair Tucker; sister, Diane Washington; and brother, Edwin Tucker. Celebrating his life and memory are his children, Wanda Tucker of Phoenix, Ariz., Verrandall Tucker of Virginia Beach, Va., Vincent (Shalawn) Tucker of Chester, Va., and Fallon (Barry Jr.) Jefferson of Round Rock, Texas; ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Carol V. Jones of Hampton, Va. and Brenda Tucker-Doswell of Baltimore Md.; one brother, William Floyd (Naomi) Tucker of Queens, N.Y.; two sisters-in-law, Carol Tucker and Mildred Johnson of Hampton, Va.; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
A memorial service was held 11 a.m., Saturday, January 14, 2017, at New Life Outreach International Church, 1005 Turner Road, Richmond, Va. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The William Tucker 1624 Society, C/O Walter Jones, 4325 Lacy Cove Lane, Newport News, Va. 23602. Services are entrusted to Bland & Tucker Funeral Homes, Petersburg, VA.