June Tuck

June Tuck, 81, went to be with the Lord on March, 19, 2015 at her home surrounded by her loved ones in McKinney, Texas.  She was born on June 23, 1933 on a cotton farm in Midlothian, Texas. She was the only child of her late parents Barney and Ora England.

June grew up in Texarkana, Texas where she met the love of her life, Bill, to which she shortly married on July 22, 1950. The first five years of their marriage were spent supporting him state side as he served as a Marine in the Korean Conflict.

In 1955 they started a small watch repair and jewelry business in Sulphur Springs inside Sterling Drug store. The growing business moved to a new location on the historic downtown square. Tuck’s Jewelers operated successfully for 40 years before they retired.

She was an active part of the community. She was involved in Boy Scouts as a Webelos leader and leader for special needs scouts.  She served on the Charter committees for the Hopkin’s County Museum, and Veteran’s memorial marker. She was implemental in locating several of the building for the Heritage Park.  After locating the fireman’s bell, she worked with the city and firemen to have it restored. As a Charter Member of the Historical Commission, many historic landmark markers were made possible through her research including the Federal Stockade.  For years, she wrote KSST segment “Main Street Moments”.  She was a past member of the Genealogy Society.

She was passionate about history and genealogy. Countless hours were spent helping others across the US trace their family tree.  Her vast genealogy work is now preserved in the archives at A & M Commerce

She was author of several books.  Hopkins County Cemeteries was a labor of love.  She spent 9 years roaming the pastures to find the remote cemeteries of the county and recording a permanent record. Inspired by the Federal Stockade, she wrote Civil War Shadows which has sold from coast to coast and June was honored that the Smithsonian Institute requested a copy. She helped compile several books that honored the ancestors of Hopkins County.

A passion for gardening won her several beautification awards and she enjoyed sharing her flowers and fish pond during the garden tours. Other passions included family, traveling, reading and cooking.

June is survived by her loving husband of 64 years Bill, daughter and son in law, Deborah and Faron Young of McKinney, Texas, son Keith Tuck of Sulphur Springs, Texas.  Grandchildren,  Jenica and Alexander Mawford of McKinney, Texas,  Melissa Johnson of Sulphur Springs, and Kortney Tuck of Sulphur Spring, Texas  and four great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by grandson James Jared Young and great granddaughter Cadence June Prasifka.

Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 3:00pm at West Oaks Funeral Home , Sulphur Springs with burial at Sulphur Springs Cemetery. There will be no graveside service.  Family will visit with guest prior to service from 2 to 3 in chapel area.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to your favorite charity in Memory of June Tuck 2702 Northview, McKinney, Texas 75070.  Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.  www.westoaksfuneralhome.com

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