Funeral arrangements set for city alderman

The funeral arrangements have been set for Ward Four Alderman Bill Tucker who died Tuesday morning at the University of Alabama Medical Center.

Tucker was serving his third term on the Board of Aldermen. He also was serving as vice mayor at the time of his death.
Services for Tucker, 48, will be held at 11 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in New Albany.  Visitation was set for 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, at the funeral home.
The full obituary is on page 6 of this issue.
Members of the New Albany Board of Aldermen remembered Tucker as a dedicated servant to the city of New Albany.
“He always wanted the best for the City,” said Ward Three Alderman Tommie Beasley.  “If you did not see his point of view he tried his best to discuss it with you until you understood the point he was trying to make.”
Alderman At-Large Scott Dunnam agreed.
“Bill will be missed, but he will always be remembered as a friend and a true public servant,” Dunnam said.  “I would like for Bill’s sons to know that their father was an honorable man and helped others at every opportunity, he made a difference in many lives, including mine.”

Ward One Alderman Jeff Olson said that Tucker was a major influence on his pursuit of political office.
“Before I was elected to my first term as alderman in 2005, Bill and I had served on a board together,” Olson said.  “He pulled me aside one evening after the meeting and told me that I should consider running for office in New Albany.  I sincerely appreciate him steering me down this path.  He was very instrumental in tutoring me when I was first elected to office.”
Ward Two Alderman Johnny Anderson remembered Tucker as a family man as well.
“Bill loved his wife Kelly more than you could imagine,” Anderson said.  “[He] was devoted to his three sons Will, Rob, & Sam beyond the comprehension of many and  was so proud of all their accomplishments.  One accomplishment he mentioned many times was having two Eagle Scouts and another on the way.”
First Baptist Church Pastor Rickey Blythe remembered Tucker’s faith in God.
“As his pastor, I know that even when he was in his darkest times, he had a desire to be in the house of the Lord,” Blythe said.  “He was obviously in pain, but had a desire to worship with us.”  
He was first elected as Ward 4 alderman in 2001, and has been re-elected twice.
Tucker owned the Windshield Doctor, a glass repair and replacement business in east New Albany, for approximately 25 years.
He is survived by his wife Kelly, and three sons, Will, Rob and Sam.
He was the son of Reba Tucker of New Albany and the late Major E. Tucker.