In memory of Richard Gerald Tuck, Dawn Cooke lit a candle
Jerry was one of the best at anything he chose to do. If it was worth doing, do it to the best of your ability. Jerry and his partner Hayden Howell shared the same philosophy. They have been separated on earth a short time, but God has reunited them again in Heaven.
I remember back 65 years as finishing Greer High School with Jerry. We were eager to finish school and start the next chapter of our lives. Jerry was living in a house behind what is now the Clock in the Greer Mill section of town. Back then, 65 years plus, there was farming, cotton mills and textiles. We were blessed, poor, but thankful.
I have many Jerry stories; one of which happened where Lake View Steakhouse sits now on Hwy 14. A corn mill operation driven by a great water wheel, driven by the river, which is now Greer Reservoir. I helped Jerry remove the giant timbers from the corn mill. Jerry helped me build John and Mary DeYoung’s brick house next to where Lake View Steakhouse sits now. At this time, Tuck & Howell was already formed and Jerry possessed a burning desire to get ahead.
Back to the corn mill. I would meet Jerry and proceed to remove the huge wooden beams from the mill. Neither one of us had a truck, so Jerry said let’s put them on top of my station wagon, so we did. Just imagine some of the lumber was 16 ft. long and weighed 300 lbs. How that station wagon survived 1000 lbs of timber tied on top of the roof, I will never know, but Jerry made it work. Those timbers, as far as I know, are still mounted in a house Jerry and Peggy, his wife at the time, built in the Mount Lebanon community 40 plus years ago.
Another Jerry story; I built a duplex in Greer and went by to check on the progress at night and on the weekend. Well, the unit was leaking and water was accumulating in the floor, dark thirty and weekend. Jerry Tuck came out and repaired. Tell me how many people in today’s times will come out on the weekend and at night to correct something. Tuck & Howell installed from the smallest to the largest mechanical systems!
Another Jerry story; I was building a house at Green Valley 1000 ft. from the main gas line and I hit solid rock with the gas line. After several days, Jerry got the line run. Later Jerry said, “That was a tough one, but we done it!”
I could write a book with experiences I have had with Jerry and final results would be positive. I left Greer approximately 50 years ago and now live in the Spartanburg area.
I lost my wife approximately 4 ½ years ago. As I came home after laying her to rest, I entered my home and looked out on the deck and saw this huge flower pot. As I admired this pot and flowers, I noticed the card, “From your friend, Jerry Tuck.”
As we know, Jerry was a business man, BUT Jerry was a family man, a Godly man, full of wisdom and humility and a Godly heart for his fellow human beings. Jerry knew he was going to meet his Maker one day. I have no doubt that the gates of Heaven swung open the second Jerry drew his last breath. You made Greer, Greenville, etc. a better place. I can say you made my life better by knowing you.
May our Lord bless, keep you safe, give you peace that only He can, for God has given you a new body.
It has been a good ride my friend, but way too short.
My sincere condolences to his wife Shirley and all of the family.
I love you.
Mendel Hawkins Builder, Inc.
Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your husband, Jerry. I know that words simply don’t suffice at times like this, but I want to assure you of the prayers of everyone here at The Heritage Foundation.
Jerry’s dedication to God, family, and community was truly inspiring. Through a life well-lived, he powerfully illustrated the importance of faith, determination, and integrity. I hope it brings you some small comfort to know that Jerry’s legacy will not be forgotten.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family during this difficult time. Please know that the Roe-Tuck family will always have friends here at Heritage.
In memory of Richard Gerald Tuck, Sandy Williams lit a candle
Shirley,we are so sorry to hear about Jerry,you. And the family will be in our prayers.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Deepest condolences to the family as they lay Mr. Tuck to rest. His smile lit up a room and kindness warmed many hearts.
I have to say Uncle Jerry made more of an impact in my life more than anyone ever. Since I was a little boy (6 years old) I worked alongside him. We did it all! We added onto the cabin, remodeled condo in Charleston, built Belmont home, worked on wooden boats, fixed air conditioners, etc.. I could go for days! Jerry taught me that whatever I do - work hard! Jerry could do anything in this world. Jerry was my rock. I always seemed his approval and wanted to make him proud. He was always there for me in anything I ran into in life Jerry always made me feel calm and like everything would be ok. He always had an answer for me and helped guide me in the right direction. I was so amazed at Jerry’s expertise with how he could turn about anything into an amazing piece of artwork.
I am so glad God gave me Uncle Jerry to have to look up to as role model. I will be forever grateful for the time we spent together!
I can say this - Jerry is able to walk again!
So many great memories of Jerry - all of them happy and positive. He set an example of friendship and kindness that all of us learned from and try to follow. Jane and all three of our boys join me with prayers and condolences for Shirley and his family. RIP, Jerry.
With our deepest sympathy.
Alluring Ellegance Bouquet was purchased for the family of Richard Tuck by Shell McElroy Construction Company, LLC. Send Flowers
Jerry was a dear friend who I will greatly miss. His wit, positive can-do attitude, and perseverance were contagious. I was honored to have him provide the mechanical systems for numerous memorable projects, including The Chapel at Glassy, and allowing us to build his beautiful home in Greenville. I enjoyed knowing him personally and professionally. Shirley and his entire family will be in my thoughts and prayers. May you Rest In Peace my friend. Gus Rubio, Gabriel Builders, Inc.
Lost one of the real ones ?
Getting to see Mr. Tuck was always a bright spot in my day!
We would talk about business, the yard, and how beautiful a day it was.
I’ll treasure the memories ?
Jerry will be missed by many people. He and I were in kindergarten together in 1947 in Greer. His company has serviced us for more than 30 years. May he rest in peace.
I had the pleasure of working for/with Jerry for almost 15 years. He was a great man, business man and friend. Some stories I think back to make me smile and then I cry because I miss him and Hayden Howell so much. Those 2 taught me so much and I appreciate all they did for me. I love ya Jerry, miss ya.....Mrs Shirley, I am praying for you, I know you are going to miss that sweet man so very much. Prayers for the entire family. Love to all
Jerry Tuck - He was a one of a kind. I worked with him for since April 2009. I appreciate all he done and the trust he put in me. May God help you and confort the family. I pray that he gives you all strength. May God Bless you all.
Tuck & Howell - Accounting Manager
Along with so many others I love Jerry and Shirley and admire them both. At dinners in their home and being in a church pastorate group that met there I often prayed with Jerry and sat with him. I admire his great talents in restoring art and in sculpture, but most of all his faith and his wonderful positive spirit. Jesus told us that He went to prepare a place for us and that He will receive us unto Himself. Jerry has been received into the loving arms of our Savior and his life is engraved on the palm of God’s hand.
Please know how much I adored Jerry! He was a truly Renaissance man… Beloved by all!❤️
Jerry will be greatly missed by so many. He was so much more than my employer. He was a mentor, a friend, and even a father figure. His wisdom and guidance not only shaped my professional career but also shaped my life. He taught me to be a better man, husband and father. I will always miss having him next to me or receiving his call every morning asking “what do I need to know”. Every day Jay and I will strive to live up to the JERRY standard of excellence and honor him by continuing his legacy. I know he’ll be watching over us. Shirley, the Tuck and Howell family will always be here for anything you need. I’m always available and just a phone call away. Love and prayers are being poured out for you and the entire family.
Jerry was our closest next door neighbor for the last several years. He and Shirley were the first to welcome us to our Alta Vista home. I had known him for decades as THE hvac guru. We are very sad with his passing. He instantly entered your
heart. RIP, Sir. You’re in God’s arms now.
I will miss our chats ‘across the wall’ from one another. Jerry was a good neighbor and a great man. He will be dearly missed by all that were fortunate enough to know him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, especially Ms. Shirley. May Jerry rest in peace.
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.