Lynchburg businessman Ray Tucker dies unexpectedly at age 59

Ray Tucker 1963-2022

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — Harold Ray Tucker Jr, age 59, of Lynchburg, Tennessee passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, December 22, 2022.

A native of Winchester, Ray was born on March 7, 1963. He was proud to have served in the United State Air Force from 1984 to 1989. He was the current Director of Surgical Services at Southern Tennessee Regional Health Systems. Prior to that, he worked as a RN and Director of Surgical Services at Harton Regional Medical Center from 1990 to 2018. He was also a proud owner of American Craft Distillery and Lynchburg Winery.

According to his family, Ray never met a stranger and appeared “bigger than life” to those who knew him. He was of the Baptist faith and a member of Union Grove Primitive Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Ray Tucker Sr; and close friend, Bill Smith. Ray is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Renea Tucker; as well as his children, Alisha (David) Pace, Andrea (Joe) Long, and Ruslan Tucker (Haley Partin); grandchildren, Ashlyn Tucker, Emma Pace, Jace Long, and Jenna Long; and mother, Judy (Carey) Wofford.

A memorial Celebration will be held on Saturday, January 7 at Lynchburg Winery from 1-5 p.m. A private family graveside service is planned. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. •  

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