JOE BEN TUCKER

  • Died: February 20, 2021
  • Location: Central City, Kentucky

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JOE BEN TUCKER

JOE BEN TUCKER of Central City, KY died February 20, 2021 at the age of 81. A licensed funeral director for 62 years, he was the owner and operator of Tucker Funeral Home since 1958. Tucker was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association policy board, president of the Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky from 1982–1983, and was a multi-year president and chairman of the Kentucky Funeral Directors Burial Association, having served on this board from 1983–2013. He was instrumental in the creation of the Funeral Funding Trust of Kentucky in 1983, and served as chairman of the trust committee and FDAK Services Corporation from 1983–2012.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I will always remember our Broad Street Gang growing up. We had wonderful times on Broad Street and will always have the memories. Friends are someone you will always have in your heart and very thankful for that.

Posted by Barbara Swift - Ocala, FL - Friend   March 01, 2021

Joe Ben & Family were the greatest neighbors to my Grandmother, Margery Casebier, and to us when we lived there while Dad was overseas. He also took good care of her & us when she passed away while here in Georgia, moving her back to Central City/Greenville. We had the opportunity to stop by on one of our trips to CC, and were greeted as if no time had passed. Rest In Peace, Joe Ben. Our sympathies to the entire family for such a great loss.
Lisa & Phyllis (Williams)

Posted by Lisa Williams Kinser - BALL GROUND, GA - Family Friend   March 01, 2021

Joe Ben and Carolyn Tucker and their sweet family have had such an impact on my life, and the lives of so so many. We will miss him so. I think of these words from Dan Fogleberg's Leader of the Band:

He earned his love
Through discipline
A thundering, velvet hand
His gentle means of sculpting souls
Took me years to understand.

Until we meet again, JB.❤

Posted by Jeannie Beth Soderling - Central City, KY - Friend   February 27, 2021

My deepest sympathy to all the Tucker Family. Joe Ben was a special friend during my years as Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Central City and continued to be so in the years following. He was most supportive of me as a pastor, as I'm sure he was of countless other pastors. His warm, friendly personality made him one I always enjoyed being around. He and Carolyn nurtured and nudged my courtship and marriage to Susan. We always appreciated their love and support. Pastors and Funeral Directors seem to have a special relationship, as we relate to families in difficult and tragic times of loss. Having Joe Ben as a partner in ministry was always most helpful to me.
God's Spirit will provide comfort and strength to all the family and friends in the days ahead. Central City, and all that area, will not be the same without Joe Ben around. However, we know his spirit will always hover nearby.
Love and Peace,
Tom Eblen

Posted by Tom Eblen - Lexington, KY - Friend   February 26, 2021

Sorry to hear of Joe Ben passing. He was a true gentleman. The stories that him and Harold Bandy could make up. Rest In Peace

Posted by Hayden Johnson - Lebanon, KY - Acquaintance   February 25, 2021

Sincere sympathy to the Tucker Family, Joe Ben was a great professional and a good friend.

Posted by Eddie Smith - Bowling Green, KY - Friend   February 25, 2021

I am so sad to hear this. Joe Ben was one of the nicest ppl in Muhlenberg County! I will miss him. R.I.P., Joe Ben!

Posted by Jayne Campbell - Acquaintance   February 25, 2021

I am so sad to hear this. Joe Ben was one of the nicest ppl in Muhlenberg County! I will miss him. R.I.P., Joe Ben!

Posted by Jayne Campbell - Acquaintance   February 25, 2021

So many good times shared with Joe Ben and Carolyn with our other friends in funeral service. We enjoyed many trips and conventions which spanned over a long time period. Carolyn, please know that I am praying for you and your family during this very heartbreaking time of your life. I will always cherish our special memories!!

Posted by Paula Rominger - Manchester, KY - Friend   February 24, 2021

So sorry to hear about my friend Joe Ben. He certainly was a friend to all and always made a special effort to help. Joe Ben and Tucker Funeral Home took special care of my Mom & Dad(Ann and Henry Hunsaker)when we were in such pain. Thank You! RIP Joe Ben

Posted by Wayne Hunsaker - BEAVER DAM, KY - Friend   February 24, 2021

I was very sorry to hear of Joe Ben's death. He was a fine fellow always the same everytime I saw him. I still have the picture of Dr.Givens Alma Richey Joe Ben and myself which he took from his desk and gave me the last time I saw him. He will be missed by all who knew him. My thoughts are with his entire family.

Posted by Dr.Michael Dukes - North Venice Fl, FL - Friend   February 24, 2021

RIP Joe Ben! Thank you for being there for our family when we needed you. We will miss you. Prayers for The Tucker Family

Posted by Dorothy and Bill Carver - Greenville, KY - Acquaintance   February 24, 2021

Carolyn, I know how you feel. I've been through this. Joe Ben was a friend to everybody. I'll miss him. I'll keep you in my prayers.

Posted by Imogene Heltsley - Bremen, KY - Acquaintance   February 24, 2021

People often have someone in their life that they think will always be there. For me, Joe Ben was one of those people. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, his church, the community, and the county. Rest In Peace, JoeBen.

Posted by Richard Shaver - Friend   February 24, 2021

We will be remembering you in prayer today, during Joe Ben's funeral. I know this is hard, but God will be right by your side. Be strong in the Lord and you will be blessed as you have been all these years. I know the whole family will miss him, but can have the knowledge that you will be together one day. Love Betty and Ron

Posted by Betty Sine and Ron    February 24, 2021

My sincere condolences to the family on the loss of such a wonderful person. Mr. Tucker served my family with love and compassion many times. He was always so kind to me any time I met him. I will remember him fondly.

Posted by Mary (Baxter) Lovell - Lancaster, KY - Acquaintance   February 24, 2021

Our condolences at this time.

Family of Trent-Dowell Funeral Home
Hardinsburg, KY

Posted by Tim Bandy - Hardinsburg, KY - Acquaintance   February 24, 2021

Carolyn and Family,

My condolences to all of you. We will be praying for you and your family at this time. I thought a lot of Joe and I grew up Chase. I am the son of Beverly and Greg Coleman and on their behalf as well, we will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers during this time. Love you guys!


Respectfully,

Jordan R. Coleman

Posted by Jordan Coleman - Columbus, OH - Family Friend   February 24, 2021

Tracy, I'm so sorry for your loss. You were blessed with a wonderful Dad. Prayers for you and your family.

Posted by Ladonna Barnes - Bremen, KY - Coworker   February 23, 2021

Carolyn and Family. May love surround you, May faith sustain you, May hope encourage you day by day.
Joe Ben meant a lot in our lives. Our deepest sympathy.
H.C. and Carol Mooningham

Posted by H.C. Mooningham - Central City, KY - Friend   February 23, 2021

So sorry to hear of Joe Ben's passing. Charlotte and I extend our sympathy to Carolyn, children and grandchildren. What an Icon this man has been to our profession. I had the pleasure to work and learn from this gentleman thru our profession and he will be greatly missed by so many.
Ronnie Raymond

Posted by Ronald Raymond - Louisville, KY - Friend   February 23, 2021

Joe Ben also know a Wormy in his younger days. Was good friend in school and as a neighbor. He was best man at my wedding in 1962. Will always have good thoughts of him as long as I live.

Posted by Ted Curtis - Central City - Classmate   February 23, 2021

Joe Ben Tucker and his family have had such an enormous influence on so many people. About three times a year, Joe Ben and Harold Bandy (from Nortonville), would pull into our driveway in Beaver Dam to pick up my dad, on the way to Louisville for a Funeral Directors Association of KY meeting. It was at those meetings where legendary, wonderful stories and memories were made.
Joe Ben loved his profession, and his friends. He was cheerful in all circumstances, had an impeccable sense of humor, and never failed with an encouraging word. Rest in Peace my good friend, and I hope you, Bandy, and my Dad pick up where you left off. Its a glorious time in Heaven!
John 14:1-6

Posted by John Danks - Austin, TX - Friend   February 23, 2021

Joe Ben will be sorely missed. My Mom always thought highly of Joe Ben. She knew him from when he was a teen. He always brought a smile to my Mom's face. I can't say enough about this great man, I thought highly of him as well He and Tucker's have helped my family on many occasions when we suffered a loss. His shoes will be tough to fill. My condolences to the family.

Posted by Ladonna Heltsley Barnes - Bremen, KY - Acquaintance   February 23, 2021

I will always treasure the years I spent at Commonwealth Insurance and working directly with the KFDBA, Joe Ben, Milton Stoess, and John Kerr. Joe Ben was a class act, a perfect gentleman, and stellar businessman. I admired his business savvy and his care for his families and the many associations on which he served. I consider it a privilege to have known Joe Ben and I wish the family peace and good tidings. God's blessings on all of you.

Posted by Joseph R. John    February 23, 2021

Thoughts and Prayers towards you and your family. Love You Tim and Leigh.

Posted by Shelly DeMarsilis - Clarksville, TN - Friend   February 23, 2021

Pat remembers playing football in a lot next to Joe Ben's house when he was young. We are very sorry. I am thinking of you also Tracy.

Posted by Pat and Laura Franklin - Central City, KY - Friend   February 23, 2021

Pat remembers playing football in a lot next to Joe Ben's house when he was young. We are very sorry. I am thinking of you also Tracy.

Posted by Pat and Laura Franklin - Central City, KY - Friend   February 23, 2021

I often told Joe Ben that he was one of the finest that Central City, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, & the USA had to offer. Of course, being Joe Ben, he scoffed at this! But I meant it. He treated everyone as if they were important, because to him you were. I know that if we could all learn to treat people as well as Joe Ben did, that this country would be in a much better place.

I considered him to be a great friend and was so heart broken to hear of his passing. I know going forward is going to be difficult for his family & his staff at Tucker Funeral Home so know that you are all in my prayers.

Joe Ben, my dear friend, you will be greatly missed. Also know, that those Flener Twins will never forget you. You were ALWAYS a bright spot in our lives.

Posted by Gay Napier - Central City, KY - Friend   February 23, 2021

Tuckers
My condolences to all of you. My father thought the world of Joe Ben as did my mom. Prayers and thoughts with you.

Posted by John Ray - Owensboro, KY - Family Friend   February 23, 2021

Joe Ben was a true gentleman. It was my honor to know him and to serve our profession with him. I will never forget his kindness and wonderful sense of humor.

Posted by Bob Vandenbergh - Washington, MI - Friend   February 23, 2021

Joe Ben meant so much to so many. Sorry we can´t attend, but we will be thinking about you Wednesday.

Posted by Larry & Jo Sanders    February 23, 2021

Since I'm in the old category, it seems like when some people die, I'm SO glad I knew him/her! To clarify, Carolyn was in same graduating class. I remember when she told me she was not coming back to Western, she was marrying Joe Ben. I was drum major @ Muhlenberg Central when Joe Ben was @ Central City. & I remember when I realized We all must be old cause Joe Ben and Carolyn had a son with white hair. Kudos for the words in the obituary! Probably best words to leave are "I'm glad I knew him!"

Posted by Jean Prowse - Muhlenberg Central student, KY - Friend   February 23, 2021

We are so sorry for your loss. We think of you all often. Glad for the way you
helped our son when he was there. We pray that God will give you all peace
in time of grief. Sincerely, Paul and Bonnie Miller and family.

Posted by Bonnie Miller - East View, KY   February 23, 2021

To The Family of Joe Ben, May God wrap His ever loving arms around each of you comfort and sustain all of your needs.

Posted by Ma k Dykes Jr - Indianapolis, IN - Friend   February 23, 2021

Joe Ben was a good person. He will be missed.. Prayers for the family..

Posted by Linda Stanley Davis - Greenville, KY - Friend   February 23, 2021

To the Tucker family so sorry for your loss . Joe Ben was a great man with a great sense of humor always had something crazy to say . He will be missed by many !

Posted by Rebecca Avery (Burch) - Livermore, KY - Friend   February 22, 2021

To the Tucker family,
We are so sorry for the loss of Mr. Joe Ben. Our hearts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We have very fond memories of your family and our family becoming friends many years ago. Mr. Tucker was a shining star and he'll be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Posted by Victoria Hopper - Barbourville, KY - Friend   February 22, 2021

There are so words to describe my sadness at the loss of Joe Ben for your family. I know that when we lost mom it was supposed h a huge loss and still is painful. We have to learn a new way to live. I pray for your strength, your comfort and your peace to face the days ahead. Love to you all! Many prayers,
Michelle Gish Saulsberry.

Posted by Michelle Gish - Powderly, KY - Friend   February 22, 2021

Our love and prayers are you! Joe Ben was more than a friend he was part of our funeral family! May God wrap his arms of love, peace and comfort around you!

Posted by Alison Patron Holland - Brownsville, KY - Family Friend   February 22, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. Joe Ben was a wonderful friend to everyone. I know he will be greatly missed but us all.

Posted by Shelda Young - Greznp6zenville, KY - Friend   February 22, 2021

I didn't know Mr. Tucker, but I know his son, Ted. I know from how great a person Ted is that his father had to be a good man, too. My condolences to the family.

Posted by David McDurham - Mansfield, TX - Friend   February 22, 2021

So sorry to hear of Joe Ben passing,
Please know you will be in my prayers & thoughts.

Posted by Joan McClellan - Powderly, KY - Acquaintance   February 22, 2021

So sorry to hear of Joe Ben passing,
Please know you will be in my prayers & thoughts.

Posted by Joan McClellan - Powderly, KY - Acquaintance   February 22, 2021

Adam & Ted,I am so sorry for your loss. It is always hard to loose a parent. Prayers for you both & the family. Love you, Aunt Lavina

Posted by Lavina DeArmond - Baton Rouge, LA   February 22, 2021

So sorry for this loss.........a great man. Hugs to the family.

Posted by Robert Wortham - Louisville, KY - Friend   February 22, 2021

Beth and I sent our sincerest sympathy to Caroline and family in your loss. We share many fond memories of our time together. May you find comfort in your faith and love from your many friends. You are in our prayers during this celebrition of Joe Ben's life. God Bless.. Love;
Beth and Jerry Ross

Posted by Jerry Ross - Jasper, AL - Friend   February 22, 2021

Carolyn,
EJohn and I are so sorry for your loss. We will be praying for your strength and comfort in the Lord.

Posted by Carla Taylor - Central City, KY - Friend   February 22, 2021

So sorry for your lost,my prayers are with the family ,he was truly a sweet man .

Posted by Dalton James - Stone mountain, GA - Friend   February 22, 2021

Carolyn and children,

Jerry and I were so shocked to learn of the passing of Joe Ben. What a wonderful person he was. He was so dedicated to First Baptist Church and served God in all areas of his life.

Carolyn, I am so glad you have children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren to comfort you and give you comfort and love during this time. I am glad you have the two new little babies on the way.

We will pray for you and your family during this week and in the time to come.

Love and may God be very close to you, Charlotte Cook

Posted by Charlotte Cook - Nashville, TN - Family Friend   February 22, 2021

really hated to hear this awful news joe ben was a fine man he helped so many praying for his family rip my good friend

Posted by james tunnicliff - daytona beach, FL - Friend   February 22, 2021

We are so sorry for your loss of Joe Ben. He was an honorable man among men. We have great respect for him. You and your family are in our prayers.

Posted by Charlie & Sandra Guy - Powderly, KY - Friend   February 22, 2021

Tim, my heart goes out to you and your family. Your Dad has comforted so many, I hope you feel the comfort of all those he touched. I was at the funeral home early the morning of my cousin's funeral, and your dad sat and talked with me for quite a while. I will always remember his kindness, and yours as well.

Posted by Dena Stone DeGarmo - Port Charlotte, FL - Friend   February 22, 2021

So sad to hear this..Prayers for the family

Posted by Kevin McCracken McCracken - Calvert city, KY - Classmate   February 22, 2021

Muhlenberg county has lost one of its finest. My deepest condolences to the family. He will be missed.

Posted by Steve Ingram - Beechmont, KY - Friend   February 22, 2021

He was such a great man, would help you anyway he could.As his whole family would. He will be so missed.

Posted by Gary Williams - Greenville, KY - Friend   February 22, 2021

I'm very saddened to hear of Joe Ben's passing. It's a great loss to his family and to funeral service in the commonwealth. He was an icon in our profession. Prayers for all

Posted by Hap Strunk - Whitley City, KY - Friend   February 22, 2021

Joe Ben was a very classy and caring professional, who was kind to so many during their times of loss and grief. He will be remembered for his kindnesses. Rest in Peace.

Posted by Carol Foster - Murray, KY   February 22, 2021

So many times in our lives we have been struck by loss and every time Joe Ben and his work family have taken care of us. In the passing of our parents he held our hands and helped us with decisions that seemed overwhelming, gave us peace in knowing that our loved ones were cared for and honored. He will be missed.

Posted by Delisa and Bill Brackett - Central City, KY - Friend   February 22, 2021

Joe Ben was a very good friend of my family. When my son Anthony passed away on November 20th 2004. Joe Ben himself went to Louisville and brought him back to the funeral home. I pray for his family that they will have the comfort of knowing Joe Ben is with the Lord now and he will be for all eternity. There will be no more death for Joe Ben.

Posted by Lauren Simmons - Cleaton, KY - Friend   February 22, 2021

condolences from a 1st grade Bud. and life long friend. Wayne@ Sheila Crist

Posted by wayne crist - CentralCity, KY - Friend   February 22, 2021

I was visbility shaken at the word of Joe Ben's death. Joe Ben was a friend and a very fine person. The funeral profession, not only in Kentucky, but throughout the United States has lost a true friend and an example of what funeral service was by his leadership and dedication was to our profession.
Joe Ben rest in peace.

Posted by William Aaron - Surprise, AZ - Friend   February 22, 2021

Prayers for Family, Joe Ben will be missed by many

Posted by Junior Wade - Central City, KY - Friend   February 22, 2021

Joe Ben has been a friend of our Dads, Herbert Johnson and for many years. After our mother passed away, Joe Ben ask Dad to come to work for him.
He loved our family through all the loss of our love ones. He was one of kind. We loved him.

Posted by Kathy Farthing - Bowling Green, KY - Family Friend   February 22, 2021

Occasionally, as we maneuver the pathway of this life, we meet a handful of people that think of as legends. These are people that have given of themselves, back to their community, and do it, not for fame or glory, but because of their love of their fellow man. They don't spend a lot of time talking the talk, but rather walking the walk.
Joe Ben was one of those rare individuals, a leader in his Church, his Business and his beloved Community. I can think of no one in our community that will missed more.
To Carolyn and the family, we offer our sincerest and most heartfelt condolences and we promise you that his many friends will keep his legacy alive for a long, long time with our Joe Ben stories we have amassed over a lifetime. May God bless each and every one of you!

Posted by Hugh & Pat Sweatt - Central City, KY - Friend   February 22, 2021

Joe Ben took care of the funerals for all of my family. We were always treated with the courtesy, kind words, and reverence. I am sorry for your loss. He will not be forgotten.

Prayers for all of you.

Brenda Amos
513 Park St.
Central City, KY 42330
270 543 8435

Posted by Brenda Amos - Central City, MD - Acquaintance   February 22, 2021

Sorry for your loss.

Posted by Frank Sherrod - Greenville, KY - Friend   February 22, 2021

Great man and has always been so nice to our family during our loss. He will be missed by our entire community. Thank you good sir for caring and being so nice.

Posted by David Garrett - Utica, KY - Acquaintance   February 22, 2021

I'm so very sorry for your loss,Joe ben was a very special and kind man,,,he will be missed very much,,,,

Posted by Susan Tate - Central, KY - Friend   February 22, 2021


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