Otis Tucker; A Life Long Friend
Dad met Otis Tucker in McRae when he was about ten years old, let's say 1916.
Otis and Dad were life long friends with only death temporarily separating them.
Otis came to California and opened a brake shop in South Gate and we used to go to South Gate every other week and visit Otis and Irene. Irenes parents lived next door.
Dad's passing was unexpected and when it occurred, Otis offered his place at Inglewood Memorial Park.
Otis and Irene are buried together and next to them is Mom and Dad. For eternity, always together!
Otis Tucker passed on July 24th, 2002 after 97 years making our country and our life better place!
He has a stroke which robbed him of his ability to continue to drive his car... the stroke also damaged his eyes!
He went peacefully in his sleep several months after the stroke. He is buried with his wife and my parents in the Inglewood Cemetery in Inglewood, California!
Taking Care Of Mom
What a guy!! Otis and my dad met in 1916 in McRae Arkansas and were friends their entire life. Paul (Dad) left us in 1970 and asked Otis to watch out for Georgia .... for 20 years until Mom's death in May of 1990, Otis saw her every week.. took her to the hair dresser, shopped with her and was her friend!. His wife had passed on in 1984. They don't make 'em like that any more!
Gone But Never Forgotten
Otis joined Sue and I and the family for most holidays and other family celebrations. He was amazing because at 90+ he was up on the news, changed his vote to be a republican, and read all the time.
When he passed on, he was over half-way through a book we gave him about the "History Of The 20th Century". We are talking about a 1,500 page hardbound book!
He did however ask, "What is a dot-com???"
Otis passed-on in July of 2002 at the ripe old age of 97! I'm sure the stroke he had kept him from driving and that did him in! He will always be in our memories and he is now with his childhood friends... my Mom and Dad.
We found out many years later that Otis and Aunt Alma (Dad's oLder sister) were a "hot item" for a while! We are talking 1910's!
We miss him every year especially around the holidays where he was the life of the party!