Cecil Tucker II (May 26, 1931 - October 19, 2020)

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Cecil Tucker II
  • May 26, 1931
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  • October 19, 2020

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Cecil A. Tucker, II moved to his heavenly home on October 19, 2020 from his earthly home in Christmas, FL.  Cecil was a very active servant-leader in every church in which he was a member.  Cecil was a Christian, agricultural researcher, rancher, historian, author, businessman and philanthropist of both time and resources.

Cecil was a 7th generation Floridian born in Rockledge, FL on May 26, 1931 to Cecil A. Tucker, I and Juanita Smith Tucker.  He grew up in Christmas in rural eastern Orange County.  He graduated from Orlando High School in 1949 and then attended Orlando Junior College from 1949-1950.  He attended the University of Florida from 1950-1954 receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Husbandry, with minors in Soil Science and Agronomy, and a Master of Science in Animal Husbandry and Nutrition.  He was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and of Alpha Zeta, an honorary agricultural professional society.

On July 27, 1952, he married Margaret A. Albritton.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years and their 4 children, Pat Schrum of West Melbourne, FL, Miriam Williams of Christmas, FL, Cecil A. Tucker, III of Sanford, FL and John A. Tucker of Christmas, FL, in addition to 7 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by his sister, Anita Meade of Belle Isle, FL.

After college, Cecil worked as an Assistant County Agricultural Agent for Marion County, FL for 2 years.  In 1956, at age 24, he became the youngest County Agricultural Agent in Florida history when he was hired as Seminole County’s County Agent where he remained for 13 years until 1969.

In 1969, he joined B&W Quality Growers, the largest watercress production business in the eastern U.S where he conducted research on watercress culture.  In 1971, he became the manager of Baker’s Dairy, Sanford, FL, a 1200-cow operation, where he pioneered the use of the computer to develop least-cost diary rations.

In July 1972, Cecil opened an agricultural business that served Central Florida with animal health care products, artificial breeding services, liquid and bagged feed, and farm and ranch supplies at locations in Sanford, Deland and Orlando.

In 1984, he sold his agricultural business to his son and then retired to his hometown of Christmas in 1987—that is, if you can call his extensive endeavors afterwards as “retirement.”  Cecil was active in various civic, historical, and cattlemen’s organizations too numerous to list.

Cecil won several awards at the state level throughout his careers, but perhaps his favorite awards, due to a lifetime of service to both, were being made an Honorary Director of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association in 2009 and being inducted into the Florida’s 4-H Hall of Fame in 2017.

Cecil’s positive attitude, kind smile, charitable inclination and depth of knowledge will be sorely missed by all fortunate enough to have known him.  In lieu of flowers, please send any memorial benevolence to his beloved Fort Christmas Baptist Church, PO Box 89, Christmas, FL 32709.

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  1. Richard Alan Williams says:
    26 Dec 2023
    I’m blessed to have known my grandfather- always a kind man who never hesitated to help others. A leader in the community through service. Led Sunday school, the choir, Bible study, Wednesday night service, cleaned toilets and fixed random maintenance items, served as deacon - and was requested to serve as pastor many times but never took the job. Hard worker, repairing fences and all other types of cattle and ranch work in the Florida heat, wet and bugs. I’m blessed to have known him and spent so much time with him. He will be sorely missed.

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  3. Richard Alan Williams says:
    26 Dec 2023
    My grandfather served as a great inspiration to me and many others. A kind, calm, and always helpful man - a natural leader in the community - though he did not seek it, he was often called when people needed help and didn’t hesitate to. He will be sorely missed. One interesting thing I remember about him - he was a deacon in the local small church. Often he was asked to lead the church but he take the job. He practically did everything else from Sunday school to cleaning toilets to anything else, such as leading the chior, and he did all the audio equipment. He was well respected by all and I’m blessed to have known him.

  4. Debra says:
    08 May 2023
    I was not aware of Mr. Tucker passing. My heart is filled with so many memories that I will cherish forever. My heart is also full of love for Mrs. Tucker, Pat, Miriam, Cecil A, and John. Much Love,
    Debra Compton Hahn

  5. Pr. Sean Milroy says:
    17 Nov 2020
    My condolences and my prayers for the Tucker family for the loss of your loved one, father, and grandfather.

    My friend and long time business associate Cecil Tucker was a unique, colorful, and interesting character with a great deal of knowledge about many things including local history, civil war era history, agriculture and ranching, and traditional rural life in Florida. I first met Cecil through our mutual association with a telecommunication company that we both represented and we worked together for many years as associates and as directors of the foundation that we and several others co-founded called The Seedlings Foundation, of which Cecil served as President, whose mission was to help people fund the churches and charities that they had a passion for. Together we successfully built the Foundation up until we had members representing all fifty States and in Canada. Cecil was very proud of all that The Seedlings Foundation and our Seedlings members accomplished throughout the nation all the people that were helped through his years of dedication. His cheerful and polite old fashioned manners and ever-present good humor will be missed.

    Rest in peace, my old friend. -- Pr. Seán Milroy

  6. Pat Schrum says:
    14 Nov 2020
    My Dad was my hero and I loved and respected him so much. I will miss his teasing me and calling me Tuntsie , wheather I was big or little it didn’t matter. He called me and Mom that. There is so much I will miss but most of all I will miss him with all my heart.

  7. JOHN ADAMS TUCKER posted an image:
    09 Nov 2020
    Cecil A. Tucker, II
    Cecil A. Tucker, II

  8. Deborah says:
    23 Oct 2020
    How does one write about Mr. Tucker in a few sentences. I have been blessed over the years to serve with Mr. Tucker on Historical board and other project. I loved to listen to his historical knowledge and he stories. He will be truly missed but his story will live on. God Bless you Mr. Tucker and thank you Sir for all you did for Seminole County and beyond .

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  21. Janice King Ehrens says:
    21 Oct 2020
    I was so sad to hear that your father passed. I have many fond memories of Sonny and Mart.


    Janice King Ehrens, cousin
    Daughter of Clarissa Smith King, sister of Juanita Smith Tucker

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