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“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...Read More »
1 of 69 | Posted by: Barbara Swift - Ocala, FL

“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...Read More »
2 of 69 | Posted by: Lisa Williams Kinser - GA

“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...Read More »
3 of 69 | Posted by: Jeannie Beth Soderling - KY

“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...Read More »
4 of 69 | Posted by: Tom Eblen - Lexington, KY

“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 ”
5 of 69 | Posted by: Hayden Johnson - Lebanon, KY

“Sincere sympathy to the Tucker Family, Joe Ben was a great professional and a good friend. ”
6 of 69 | Posted by: Eddie Smith - Bowling Green, KY

“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! ”
7 of 69 | Posted by: Jayne Campbell - Acquaintance

“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! ”
8 of 69 | Posted by: Jayne Campbell - Acquaintance

“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...Read More »
9 of 69 | Posted by: Paula Rominger - Manchester, KY

“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...Read More »
10 of 69 | Posted by: Wayne Hunsaker - BEAVER DAM, KY

“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...Read More »
11 of 69 | Posted by: Dr.Michael Dukes - FL - Friend

“RIP Joe Ben! Thank you for being there for our family when we needed you. We will miss you. Prayers for The Tucker Family ”
12 of 69 | Posted by: Dorothy and Bill Carver - KY

“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. ”
13 of 69 | Posted by: Imogene Heltsley - Bremen, KY

“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...Read More »
14 of 69 | Posted by: Richard Shaver - Friend

“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...Read More »
15 of 69 | Posted by: Betty Sine and Ron

“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...Read More »
16 of 69 | Posted by: Mary (Baxter) Lovell - Lancaster, KY

“Our condolences at this time.Family of Trent-Dowell Funeral HomeHardinsburg, KY ”
17 of 69 | Posted by: Tim Bandy - Hardinsburg, KY

“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....Read More »
18 of 69 | Posted by: Jordan Coleman - Columbus, OH

“Tracy, I'm so sorry for your loss. You were blessed with a wonderful Dad. Prayers for you and your family. ”
19 of 69 | Posted by: Ladonna Barnes - Bremen, KY

“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...Read More »
20 of 69 | Posted by: H.C. Mooningham - Central City, KY

“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...Read More »
21 of 69 | Posted by: Ronald Raymond - Louisville, KY

“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...Read More »
22 of 69 | Posted by: Ted Curtis - Central City

“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...Read More »
23 of 69 | Posted by: John Danks - Austin, TX - Friend

“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...Read More »
24 of 69 | Posted by: Ladonna Heltsley Barnes - Bremen, KY

“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...Read More »
25 of 69 | Posted by: Joseph R. John

“Thoughts and Prayers towards you and your family. Love You Tim and Leigh. ”
26 of 69 | Posted by: Shelly DeMarsilis - Clarksville, TN

“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. ”
27 of 69 | Posted by: Pat and Laura Franklin - KY

“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. ”
28 of 69 | Posted by: Pat and Laura Franklin - KY

“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,...Read More »
29 of 69 | Posted by: Gay Napier - Central City, KY

“TuckersMy condolences to all of you. My father thought the world of Joe Ben as did my mom. Prayers and thoughts with you. ”
30 of 69 | Posted by: John Ray - Owensboro, KY

“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...Read More »
31 of 69 | Posted by: Bob Vandenbergh - Washington, MI

“Joe Ben meant so much to so many. Sorry we can´t attend, but we will be thinking about you Wednesday. ”
32 of 69 | Posted by: Larry & Jo Sanders

“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...Read More »
33 of 69 | Posted by: Jean Prowse - KY - Friend

“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...Read More »
34 of 69 | Posted by: Bonnie Miller - East View, KY

“To The Family of Joe Ben, May God wrap His ever loving arms around each of you comfort and sustain all of your needs. ”
35 of 69 | Posted by: Ma k Dykes Jr - Indianapolis, IN

“Joe Ben was a good person. He will be missed.. Prayers for the family.. ”
36 of 69 | Posted by: Linda Stanley Davis - Greenville, KY

“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...Read More »
37 of 69 | Posted by: Rebecca Avery (Burch) - Livermore, KY

“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...Read More »
38 of 69 | Posted by: Victoria Hopper - Barbourville, KY

“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...Read More »
39 of 69 | Posted by: Michelle Gish - Powderly, KY

“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...Read More »
40 of 69 | Posted by: Alison Patron Holland - KY

“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. ”
41 of 69 | Posted by: Shelda Young - Greznp6zenville, KY

“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...Read More »
42 of 69 | Posted by: David McDurham - Mansfield, TX

“So sorry to hear of Joe Ben passing, Please know you will be in my prayers & thoughts. ”
43 of 69 | Posted by: Joan McClellan - Powderly, KY

“So sorry to hear of Joe Ben passing, Please know you will be in my prayers & thoughts. ”
44 of 69 | Posted by: Joan McClellan - Powderly, KY

“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 ”
45 of 69 | Posted by: Lavina DeArmond - Baton Rouge, LA

“So sorry for this loss.........a great man. Hugs to the family. ”
46 of 69 | Posted by: Robert Wortham - Louisville, KY

“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...Read More »
47 of 69 | Posted by: Jerry Ross - Jasper, AL - Friend

“Carolyn,EJohn and I are so sorry for your loss. We will be praying for your strength and comfort in the Lord. ”
48 of 69 | Posted by: Carla Taylor - Central City, KY

“So sorry for your lost,my prayers are with the family ,he was truly a sweet man . ”
49 of 69 | Posted by: Dalton James - Stone mountain, GA

“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...Read More »
50 of 69 | Posted by: Charlotte Cook - Nashville, TN

“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 ”
51 of 69 | Posted by: james tunnicliff - daytona beach, FL

“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. ”
52 of 69 | Posted by: Charlie & Sandra Guy - Powderly, KY

“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...Read More »
53 of 69 | Posted by: Dena Stone DeGarmo - FL - Friend

“So sad to hear this..Prayers for the family ”
54 of 69 | Posted by: Kevin McCracken McCracken - KY

“Muhlenberg county has lost one of its finest. My deepest condolences to the family. He will be missed. ”
55 of 69 | Posted by: Steve Ingram - Beechmont, KY

“He was such a great man, would help you anyway he could.As his whole family would. He will be so missed. ”
56 of 69 | Posted by: Gary Williams - Greenville, KY

“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...Read More »
57 of 69 | Posted by: Hap Strunk - Whitley City, KY

“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...Read More »
58 of 69 | Posted by: Carol Foster - Murray, KY

“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...Read More »
59 of 69 | Posted by: Delisa and Bill Brackett - KY

“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...Read More »
60 of 69 | Posted by: Lauren Simmons - Cleaton, KY

“condolences from a 1st grade Bud. and life long friend. Wayne@ Sheila Crist ”
61 of 69 | Posted by: wayne crist - CentralCity, KY

“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...Read More »
62 of 69 | Posted by: William Aaron - Surprise, AZ

“Prayers for Family, Joe Ben will be missed by many ”
63 of 69 | Posted by: Junior Wade - Central City, KY

“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...Read More »
64 of 69 | Posted by: Kathy Farthing - Bowling Green, KY

“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...Read More »
65 of 69 | Posted by: Hugh & Pat Sweatt - Central City, KY

“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...Read More »
66 of 69 | Posted by: Brenda Amos - Central City, MD

“Sorry for your loss. ”
67 of 69 | Posted by: Frank Sherrod - Greenville, KY

“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...Read More »
68 of 69 | Posted by: David Garrett - Utica, KY

“I'm so very sorry for your loss,Joe ben was a very special and kind man,,,he will be missed very much,,,, ”
69 of 69 | Posted by: Susan Tate - Central, KY - Friend

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CENTRAL CITY – Joe Ben Tucker, 81, of Central City, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 20, 2021, at 8:50PM at his residence with his family by his side. Joe Ben was born January 1, 1940, in Bremen. He was owner and operator of Tucker Funeral Home. Joe Ben was saved and dedicated his life to Christian service on August 16, 1953. He was a life-long member of First Baptist Church in Central City, where he served as deacon since 1972. He was preceded in death by his father, Norman Stewart Tucker; and mother Katherine Whitmer Tucker Crichton.

Anyone that knew him referred to him as Joe Ben, never Joe or Mr. Tucker. Joe Ben was a member of numerous community boards, and focused his efforts on improving the quality of life in Muhlenberg County. He was very involved with the Everly Brothers Foundation since it's inception in the late 1980's, and was a member of the original board of directors. This foundation sponsored concerts in Muhlenberg County that funded many scholarships to local students. He was instrumental in coordinating fundraising efforts for the Muhlenberg County campus that eventually led to the construction of the school facility. He served on the Madisonville Community College Foundation Board for many years. He was a former member of Citizens Union Bank board of directors for over 25 years, and continued as a board member at Old National Bank after Old National acquired Citizens Union. He also served on the board of directors at Muhlenberg Community Hospital, and was a member and past president of the Central City Lions Club.

Tucker Funeral Home was founded in 1909, and Joe Ben was the owner and operator since 1958, when he was just 19 years old. Joe Ben was very dedicated to funeral service and treated each family as if they were his own. His involvement with the funeral industry was widespread. He served as President of the Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky from 1982 – 1983. He 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. He was a past member of the National Funeral Directors Policy Board, and served on numerous committees for the National Funeral Directors Association and Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky.

Joe Ben had four children that called him Dad; his two girls called him Daddy. To his grandchildren, he was lovingly known as Popa. He had a tremendous and deep relationship with each of his grandchildren, and he created time to understand their interests and was always an active, fun participant in their activities. Popa would always tell his family there were three things that could never be taken away from you: your salvation, the memories you share with your family, and your education. He encouraged each grandchild to achieve these things. Joe Ben lived with faith in God, and dearly loved his wife of 61 years, Carolyn, his four children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. His priorities were his faith, family, funeral service, and community. Joe Ben was a great story teller and had an incredible sense of humor. His integrity and service to others will be remembered by all who knew and loved him.

Joe Ben is survived by his wife of 61 years, Carolyn Stanley Tucker; four children, Tim (Leigh) Tucker, Tracy (Gary) Carver, Tonya (Brad) Sine, and Ted (Adam) Tucker; grandchildren Brittany (Ryan) Roberts, Chase (Brianne) Carver, Shelby (Hart) Rose, Colby Joe Carver, Tucker Sine, Tatum Tucker, Camden Carver, Tate Sine, and Grady Ben Sine; great-grandchildren Ruthie Roberts, Annistyn Carver, Liam Carver, and Baby Rose and Baby Roberts expected in the near future; sister Norma Kay "Sissy" Plain; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at 12:00 noon at Tucker Funeral Home in Central City, officiated by Rev. Chase Thompson, Rev. Curtis McGehee, and Rev. Kevin Reed. Burial in Fairmount Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3-8PM at Tucker Funeral Home and Wednesday after 8:00AM at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to: First Baptist Church, 114 N. Third Street, Central City, KY 42330 or Madisonville Community College – Muhlenberg County Campus, ATTN: Advancement Office, 2000 College Drive, Madisonville, KY 42431. Family and friends are asked to wear a face covering, in accordance with the governor's mandate. Capacity will be limited to comply with current state guidelines, with overflow seating available. Online condolences may be made at www.tuckerfuneralhomes.com.

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