Holdin’ court with jovial World War II Private Bud Tucker

Overlooked Berrien County World War II hero Bud Tucker colorfully examines his hardscrabble upbringing, stint as a replacement infantry private in Worms, Germany, and growing tobacco and corn in a far-reaching conversation. Upon his discharge from Halifax Hospital in Daytona Beach, Florida, Pvt. Tucker made his way back to home sweet home in Alapaha, Georgia. Here he is seen looking quite dashing with black curly hair and a million-watt smile in 1946. Image Credit: The Bud Tucker Collection

The Bud Tucker Interview

Siblings Janie Tucker Brogdon [January 28, 1946 — ], Bud Tucker [April 4, 1925 — ], and Robert Tucker [September 14, 1942 — ] kill a little time together on October 8, 2017, at the home of Janie’s mother-in-law Sarah Railey Brogdon in Alapaha, Georgia. Sporting trendy leopard print rubber boots, Janie is a poultry farmer, Bud grew tobacco and corn, and Robert is the pastor of Mount Paron Primitive Baptist Church. Mr. Bud’s comfortable light tan moccasins were a gift from eldest daughter Sue Nell Wise. Photography by Jeremy Roberts
Active 93-year-old lifetime Alapaha, Georgia, farmer and World War II Private Bud Tucker stands beside some pretty pink flowering azaleas on March 11, 2018, outside his country home. Photography by Jeremy Roberts
Wearing a flower in her hair is Susie Lee “Sue” Solomon Tucker [February 20, 1922 — October 5, 2004], the girl who captured Private Bud Tucker’s heart. Completing basic training at Camp Blanding in Starke, Florida, Mr. Tucker placed this photo in his wallet and kept it throughout his tenure in Worms, Germany, during the final months of World War II in 1945. At the time Ms. Solomon worked at a Walgreens pharmacy near the military base. Image Credit: The Bud Tucker Collection
A five-shot, .32 short pistol with a plastic pearl handle is held by World War II veteran Bud Tucker on July 17, 2017, at his Alapaha, Georgia, residence. Photography by Jeremy Roberts
Amateur botanist Blake McCranie, historian and “Footsteps of Early Alapaha Settlers” co-author Becky Davis, and World War II veteran Bud Tucker go on a Native American artifact expedition in Alapaha, Georgia, on February 8, 2018. Photography by Jeremy Roberts
On July 17, 2017, the charming Bud Tucker sits for a brief formal photo session after reliving his back pages spent serving the United States of America as a World War II private in Worms, Georgia, with historians Becky Davis and Jeremy Roberts. Photography by Jeremy Roberts
On Sunday, April 8, 2018, World War II veteran Bud Tucker stands in a newly harrowed, 25-acre field awaiting a peanut crop near Alapaha, Georgia, that he used to plow with a pair of mules as a young man. According to the Mount Paron Primitive Baptist Church deacon, “The black-coated mule didn’t have a bit of sense, while the red mule was humble and listened to you. One day as I was knocking off for dinner, that black mule got loose. I ran the entire length of that field before I ever caught ahold of him. If I hadn’t been a pretty good fella, I woulda stabbed my pocket knife into that damn mule” [laughs]. Photography by Jeremy Roberts
Mount Paron Primitive Baptist Pastor and tenor singer Robert Tucker [September 14, 1942 — ], Lillie Tucker Solomon [March 21, 1933 — ], and bass singer and church deacon Jim Walter “Bud” Tucker [April 4, 1925 — ] graciously collide in front of the church cemetery on Sunday, April 8, 2018. According to his younger sister, the former World War II private incidentally hates his given name of Jim Walter. Photography by Jeremy Roberts
A closer shot finds Bud Tucker, who served as a private in the replacement infantry during the waning days of World War II in Worms, Germany, leaning against his trusty blue and white 5000 Ford tractor, manufactured between 1964 and 1979, at his Alapaha, Georgia, residence on Sunday, April 8, 2018. Incidentally, the tractor is attached to a harrow which is used to disc fields prior to the spring planting season. Photography by Jeremy Roberts
World War II replacement infantry Private Bud Tucker [April 4, 1925 — ] and eldest daughter Sue Nell Tucker Wise [August 12, 1947 — ] are pleased to be in one another’s company on March 11, 2018, near Alapaha, Georgia. Sue Nell’s late mother, Susie Lee “Sue” Solomon Tucker [February 20, 1922 — October 5, 2004], and father officially tied the knot circa November 12, 1946, nine months to the day before their bundle of joy was born. Youngest child Patsy Tucker Killeen [December 24, 1948 — February 27, 2011] was only 62 years old when she succumbed to lung cancer. Sue Nell remembers, “When Patsy died it about killed us all. She was so precious.” Photography by Jeremy Roberts
Married circa November 12, 1946, Susie Lee “Sue” Solomon [February 20, 1922 — October 5, 2004] and World War II veteran-husband Jim Walter “Bud” Tucker are seen inside Mount Paron Primitive Baptist Church in Alapaha, Georgia, celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Image Credit: The Bud Tucker Collection
In an up-sweep style, the curly haired Susie Lee “Sue” Solomon Tucker [February 20, 1922 — October 5, 2004] rests her chin on two clasped hands in this circa 1970 portrait. Solomon and World War II hero-tobacco farmer Bud Tucker were husband and wife for 58 years. A blown-up copy of this photo rests underneath the television in Mr. Tucker’s living room. Image Credit: The Bud Tucker Collection
Burgeoning botanist Blake McCranie, “Footsteps of Early Alapaha Settlers” co-author, journalist, and all-around Elvis Presley ’68 Comeback Special fan Jeremy Roberts, and World War II veteran Bud Tucker go on a Native American artifact expedition in Alapaha, Georgia, on February 8, 2018. Photography by Becky Davis
A five-shot, .32 short pistol with a plastic pearl handle is held by World War II veteran Bud Tucker on July 17, 2017, at his Alapaha, Georgia, residence. Photography by Jeremy Roberts
Bud Tucker, who served as a private in the replacement infantry during the waning days of World War II in Worms, Germany, leans against his trusty blue and white 5000 Ford tractor, manufactured between 1964 and 1979, at his Alapaha, Georgia, residence on Sunday, April 8, 2018. Incidentally, the tractor is attached to a harrow which is used to disc fields prior to the spring planting season. Photography by Jeremy Roberts
An alternate shot captured on Sunday, April 8, 2018. World War II veteran Bud Tucker stands in a newly harrowed, 25-acre field awaiting a peanut crop near Alapaha, Georgia, that has been in the Tucker family for multiple generations. Mr. Tucker recalls, “One of my daddy’s [Robert ‘Bob’ Tucker] favorite songs was the old gospel hymn ‘Where We’ll Never Grow Old.’ He sang that all the time as he walked behind a set of mules plowing.” Photography by Jeremy Roberts
Sporting a ubiquitous camouflage cap, partially unbuttoned long-sleeved pale blue shirt, dark jeans, and black crocks, the downright friendly Bud Tucker sits for a brief formal photo session after reliving his back pages spent serving the United States of America as a World War II private in Worms, Germany, with historians Becky Davis and Jeremy Roberts on July 17, 2017. Photography by Jeremy Roberts
On Sunday, May 6, 2018, nephew William Brogdon, youngest sister Janie Tucker Brogdon, Bud Tucker, and sister Lillie Tucker Solomon hold a copy of the Berrien Press which featured the 93-year-old South Georgia World War II veteran and retired tobacco farmer on the front cover as well as the entire second page. Photography by Jeremy Roberts

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