Jalen Terrell Tucker


Jalen Terrell Tucker, 26, of Beckley, West Virginia, passed away Saturday, April 13, 2019 from injuries sustained in an ATV accident involving a drunk driver. He was born April 3, 1993, the son of Crystal L. Tucker and Shawn D. Anderson and was educated in Raleigh County Schools until transferring his senior year to Spencer, Rowan County Schools, in North Carolina. Jalen was active in sports all his life and played on all levels in every sport. From midge league to high school, ball was life and he loved to take the field and suit up for the court.
Jalen was baptized at an early age by Fred T. Simms and attended Heart of God Ministries with his mother and New Hope Baptist Church with his father and grandparents Michael and Rezetta Anderson. Jalen was employed with Slurry Paving of Virginia, worked with his mother's How Great Thou Art Theater Group, and loved helping with events and spending time at Daniel Vineyards. Jalen had the most caring nature and would lend a hand to anyone and to show kindness. He was also a devoted father to his two sons, Keigan Jace Tucker, 4 and Kolten Ryli Tucker, 8 months, and the bond they shared was a blessing to see.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Joe and Annie Tucker, grandmother Rezetta Anderson, great grandmother Cassie Anderson, cousin Kaiman Anderson, friend Darius Blaney, nephew Jaleil Elliot and niece Lauren Scott.
Jalen is survived by his parents Crystal Tucker (Richard), Shawn Anderson (Heather); Jeremy Cross, Angela Daniels, and Tammy Altice who loved him like a son; his fiancé and mother of his boys Romira McDowell, his sons Keigan Tucker and Kolten Tucker, grandfather Michael Anderson; sisters JaLeisa Coleman, JaTeiya Cross, Janay Tucker, Brittany Anderson, and Katie Calacino; brothers Joseph Harbison, Khalil Anderson, Jakye Cross, and Brayden Anderson; brothers-in-love Tyler Coleman, Matt Casey and Joseph Scott; nephews Bryson Cross and Kash Scott; nieces Alexis Coleman, Neveya Coleman, Isabella Thompson and London Scott; Special cousins Scheena (Scheena Beena) Raimey and Ashley Walters, god brothers Philip Cox and Stephen Cox; god sisters Chenelle Thompson, Chaneice Cox and Miah Cox; special friends Rich Daniel, Chad Daniel, Richard Lacy, Dominique Hairston, Gaston Smith, Daiquan Hairston, Stephen Thompson, Triston and Marquis Miles, Larry Fields, Davonte Payne, Anthony Lawson, and JC Pennington; great aunts Mary Catherine Sawyer and Della Bly, aunts JoAnn Montgomery, Brenda Martin, Barbara Claytor, Dreama Gray, Dorothy Anderson, and Lisa Anderson; uncles C.W. Claytor, Rudy Gray, Michael Anderson, Jr. and Brandon Anderson; and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends he loved who may not have been mentioned (only because of time sake) but were dear to his heart.
Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 1 p.m. at Daniel Vineyards of Crab Orchard, West Virginia and it is open to the public. Those attending are asked to wear their favorite sports team apparel; refreshments will be served following the service. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Durgan Funeral Home of Beckley. Floral arrangements may be sent to Daniel Vineyards, and cards and condolences may be sent to Durgan Funeral Home.
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Published on April 18, 2019
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