Ramblings of Silver Blue

08 Nov

Add one more to Heaven’s Stage

My high school drama coach has passed on. I hope you enjoy the footlights and curtain calls you so justly deserve, Marilyn.

Marilyn Martin “Hollywood” Tucker

HAMPTON – Marilyn ‘Hollywood’ Martin Tucker departed this life peacefully Nov. 3, 2005, in Sentara CarePlex Hospital, Hampton, Va. A native of Hampton, she was born the first daughter to the late James Russell Martin and the late Kathleen ‘Kitty’ Banks Martin. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Lena ‘Joe’ Martin Howell. Marilyn graduated from George P. Phenix High School and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Hampton Institute. At the age of 12, she accepted Christ as her personal savior when she was baptized and became a member of Queen Street Baptist Church. Marilyn taught in the Hampton City School System as an English teacher and drama instructor for 20 years. After retiring, she enjoyed teaching English as an adjunct professor at Hampton University. She was a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., George P. Phenix Class of 1966 Alumni and the Hampton University Alumni Association. Marilyn was a faithful member of Queen Street Baptist Church, where she sang in the Wise Hope Choir and belonged to the Star Circle. As a beloved member of her family and community, Marilyn touched many people with her passion and enthusiasm for life. She lived each day to the fullest and encouraged others to do the same. She had a generous spirit and a ‘tell it like it is’ approach to most situations. Marilyn never complained about things, but instead depended upon her faith to persevere through obstacles in her life. Marilyn’s wittiness and charm often provided a sense of comfort to others and touched the lives of many people. She was truly a free spirited diva who will be deeply missed by those that had the pleasure of knowing ‘Hollywood.’ Marilyn is survived by her son, Lloyd Ervin Tucker Jr. and his wife, Tameka, of Woodbridge, Va.; nephew, Wyatt Jerome Martin (Tammy) of Newport News, Va.; brother, Willie E. Armistead (Sharon) of Austin, Texas; aunt, Helen Watts of Newport News; aunt, Louise Webster, and uncle, Earl Martin, both of Hampton; aunt, Lillian Stewart of Yorktown; along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends left to honor her memory. The Rev. Anderson Clary will render a service at noon Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Queen Street Baptist Church, Hampton. Interment will be in Hampton Memorial Gardens. Family and friends are asked to assemble by 11 a.m. at 2 Fall Meadow Court, Hampton. Mrs. Tucker will lie in state at the church by 9:30 a.m. Viewing will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at Smith Brothers Funeral Home, Ph: 723-4117.
Published in the Daily Press from 11/5/2005 – 11/8/2005.

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