Jennifer Catherine Huie Tucker, 72, of Verdant Plain east of Newbern and west of Churchton, entered into rest on June 4, 2018, peacefully. In her retirement years she lived in her McCorkle great-great grandfather’s colonial home built in 1868. Her kitchen table was always open for coffee, conversation and advice, If you were hungry she would cook you breakfast. Sausage biscuits and French-toast were her specialty. If you were having trouble, she would automatically add you to her feet-long prayer list over which she prayed every morning, before working her daily crossword puzzle. Then she stepped outside to tend her prized dinner-plate dahlias.
Jennifer was a unique combination of Southern gentility and ribald frontier humor, of dedicated Christian beliefs and irreverent tall tales. Nobody could tell a funny joke as well as she (inherited from her father Ed Huie), and she played a mean hand of bridge (from her mother Drucilla Garner Huie). She helped feed the hungry, clothe the poor, and comfort the suffering, and often spoke in later years with certainty of someday "going on to glory." For her, the biblical description "She hath done what she could" was apt. A musical genius, she astonished the grownups when at age three she tottered up to the piano and reached up to play by ear a then-popular tune. Her joyous countenance when singing in church choirs was almost palpable. Jennifer was a tireless worker for the Sandy Springs, Georgia, United Methodist Woman, serving as UMW president, and even being named Volunteer of the Year. She was the ultimate caregiver. After moving from Atlanta to Dickson, she made hundreds of trips home to care for her in-laws and own parents.
Jennifer knew who she was and for what she stood, pulling no punches and having no need to try to impress. She treated commoners and queens as equals, as they truly were in her Christian eyes. She always said she wanted to join the DAR since she had so many ancestors in the Revolutionary War, but decided she couldn’t stand the boring meetings.
Through her father, Edward Campbell Huie, Jennifer was a four-times great-granddaughter of John Sevier, frontier politician who barely escaped being hanged in 1788 for treason against the State of North Carolina for forming the early State of Franklin. Politically savvy like his descendant Jennifer, he wiggled out of trouble to become the first governor of the State of Tennessee. Through her mother, Drucilla Garner (Huie), her grandfather Charley Garner started the Farmer’s Bank of Trimble and the Gibson County Electric Cooperative; and her grandmother Dona Headden’s grandfather, Moses Headden, was one of the very first white male settlers in Dyer County. Her McCorkle-Purviance ancestors were in Bourbon County, Kentucky, at the 1804 formation of the Christian Church-Church of Christ at Cane Ridge campground meetings.
Jennifer attended the University of Tennessee Knoxville, where she married the late Stephen Fisher Tucker of Dyersburg. Together they had three children: Stephen Fisher Tucker II of Athens, Georgia; Alison Tucker Keogler (Mrs. Christian Keogler) of Marietta, Georgia; and Mary Brennan Tucker of Newbern and her twin daughters, Sydney and Sierra, who adored their loving grandmother "Mimsy." She leaves two brothers, Joseph Headden Huie and John Ewing Huie.
Requiescat in pace, devoted mother, beloved cousin, and unfailing friend.
A celebration of life service for Mrs. Tucker will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the Newbern First United Methodist. Private interment will be held in McCorkle Cemetery near Newbern, Tennessee. Visitation will be Saturday from 1:30 PM until 3:00 PM at the Newbern First United Methodist Church.