Loyal Erie Tucker was born into the union of the late Sarah Harris Tucker and Melvin Clarke Tucker on Nov. 28, 1919 in the Elkhorn community of Java. He was the fifth of ten children. His early education was in the Halifax County school system. He was an avid reader and later in life enjoyed looking at and discussing current affairs. He accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age and was a faithful member of Elkhorn Baptist Church where he is fondly known as Deacon Tucker.  

In 1943, at the age of 24, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served stateside until his honorable discharge in 1946. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the WW II Victory Citation and the American Theater Ribbon. 

He married his lifelong partner, Emma Lou Patton, on May 29, 1943 in Alexandria. They remained married for over 60 years. Four children were born into this union.    

During retirement he became a skillful farmer raising cows, vegetable gardens and hunting dogs. He also was an entrepreneur making his mark in the watermelon business. He proudly shared his bounty with his beloved Elkhorn community. Known as the master sweet potato pie baker and for his welcoming hospitality, he was known in the community as a gentle soul, full of wisdom and a deep love for the Lord. 

On Friday, March 19, 2021, Loyal was called home to be with the Lord. A good and faithful servant who touched many lives.    

Preceding him in death was wife Emma Lou Patton Tucker; his son, Lloyd Quinton (Angela) Tucker; sisters Ethel (Tanner) Pannell, Lucy (Irving) Stephens, Maude (Roy) Austin and Rose (James) Watson; brothers Willis (Odell), James (Beulah), Hampton (Clara) and Pervall Tucker; brother in laws Willie Lee (Helen) Patton, Henry Patton and Paul Patton. 

He will be lovingly remembered by his three devoted children, Donna (Willie Earl) Davis, Melvin (Yvette) Tucker and Sharon (Tyrone) Daniel; one brother-in-law, Rufus (Maggie) Crenshaw of New York; two sisters-in-law, Mildred (Pervall) Tucker of Java and Darlene Simpson of St. Louis, Missouri; grandchildren Dr. Kimberly Benberry (Guerra), Dr Damon Davis (Zaje), Jarrett Tucker, Danielle Tucker, Michael Daniel, Travis Tucker and KayCee Tucker; great grandchildren Darius Tucker, Jillian Benberry, Tyion Daniel, Khari Daniel, Zuri Davis, Zara Davis and Dule Davis; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 27, 2021, at Elkhorn Baptist Church with a noon viewing and 1 p.m. service.

Services entrusted to Dunn & Sons Funeral Services, Washington, D.C.