C. David Tucker, 72, of Lake Wales, died Monday, May 28, 2007, at his residence.

C. David Tucker, 72, of Lake Wales, died Monday, May 28, 2007, at his residence.


Born April 2, 1935, in Wauchula, he came to the area as a child. He was a retired citrus inspector for the Florida Department of Agriculture and served in the National Guard. He was a member of the NRA and enjoyed target shooting, fishing, cooking and eating.

Survivors include his companion, Diane Tibado Martin of Lake Wales; daughter, Laura; son, Jonathan Tucker of Lake City; brothers, Harold R. Tucker of Winter Haven, James R. Tucker of Cary, N.C., Bernard W. Tucker of Winter Haven; sisters, Naomi L. Sexton of Calhoun, Ga., and Patricia J. Shope of Adairsville, Ga.

A gathering of family and friends to celebrate his life will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at the residence, 4328 Gilbert Road in Lake Wales.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any charity of choice.

Marion Nelson Funeral Home

Lake Wales

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