McAlester resident and former Shawnee News-Star publisher John L. Tucker, 57, passed away friday, April 25, 2008 at home.

McAlester resident and former Shawnee News-Star publisher John L. Tucker, 57, passed away Friday, April 25, 2008, at home.

John Lee Tucker was born Sept. 13, 1950, to Ross and Letha Hilburn Tucker in Neosho, Mo. He graduated from Truman High School in Independence, Mo.

John began his newspaper career as a copy boy at the Kansas City (Mo.) Times and Star in 1968 while attending Missouri State University. After college, he went to work for Stauffer Communications in Nevada, Mo., as advertising director. He worked for Stauffer for 24 years.

He was named publisher of the Marshall (Mo.) Democrat News in 1978, and in 1983, he was named publisher of The Shawnee News-Star. In 2003, Tucker worked at the Edmond Sun as advertising director. He was named publisher of the McAlester News-Capital in 2005 and worked there until his death.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ross Tucker, and brother, Marvin Wayne Tucker.

He is survived by his wife, Rae Tucker of the home; four sons and two daughters-in-law, Jeffrey John Tucker of Shawne, Matthew MilesTucker and wife, Michelle, of Shawnee, Stacey Scott Tucker and wife, Makisha, of Shawnee and Jonathan Cale Cummings of the home; six grandchildren, Jesse Cole Tucker, Ross Dewayne Tucker, Croix Afton Tucker, Sosie Mila Tucker, Avery Dawn Tucker and Kaylee Moue Tucker; his mother, Letha Tucker of Seneca, Mo.; the mother of his children, Deborah Ellis of Shawnee; a niece and nephews.

Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Bishop Chapel of Memories in McAlester with the Rev. Leroy Kerbo officiating. Services are under the direction of Bishop Funeral Service.

The family requests memorials be made the McAlester Public Schools, Special Education, 1 Buffalo Drive, McAlester, Okla., 74501.