History of the Restoration Movement

  Paul Marlin Tucker
  The Life Of Paul Tucker

Paul M. Tucker was born in Bon Aqua, Tennessee on January 11, 1914. He was baptized by J.H. Horton in August 1946. He was married to Edith Upton on December 23, 1938. To this union was born two children, Marlin Timothy and John Mark.

Brother Tucker began preaching in New Bethel, Hickman County, Tennessee in 1932. He attended David Lipscomb College, Bucknell University, and George Pepperdine College where he graduated with the Bachelor of Arts degree. He also did graduate work at the University of California in Berkeley, and George Peabody College For Teachers where he earned the Master of Arts Degree.

Through the years he preached for several churches. He preached for the Sunbury, Pennsylvania church from 1935-1937; the Ventura, California church from 1937-1938; the Santa Roza, California church from 1938-1941; the San Jose, California church from 1941-1944; the Natchez, Mississippi church from 1944-1948; the Central church in Tuscaloosa, Alabama from 1948-1952; the Jackson Park church in Nashville, Tennessee from 1952-1957; the Wingate church in Nashville from 1957 to 1962; and for the Crieve Hall congregation in Nashville from 1962 until his death 37 1/2 years later.

Writing tracts and class material that helped sustain and strengthen the kingdom was something part of his godly passion. He wrote the tract, "Christianity is Undenominational." publishing and distributing over 150,000 copies. He also wrote class workbooks, like God's Plan of Redemption, Volumes 1 & 2. He also produced a class workbook on Stewardship. He wrote other works as well.

Through the years he held many teacher training series. He also did extensive radio work in several locations where he lived and worked. For a time he served as President of the Board of Directors for Short Mountain Youth Camp. He served on the Board of Directors for Christian Teacher Publications, and was on the Advisory Board for Gospel Press. He served on the Editorial Council for Power For Today. He also served on the Board Of Directors for Nigerian Christian Schools Foundation. He traveled extensively preaching on various college lectureships and conducting foreign evangelistic campaigns.

The last years of his life was involved in the development of Nashville School of Preaching. He taught classes, filled in preaching, evangelized, and was a steadying influence in the congregation. Brother Tucker passed from this life on June 6, 2000. His remains were laid to rest in the Woodlawn Cemetery where many of God's saints await the coming of Jesus.

-Scott Harp, Sources: Preachers of Today, Volumes 1,2,3.
  News Of The Passing Of Paul M. Tucker

It was a "sweet sorrow" to receive a letter from Thomas Eldridge of Nashville informing us that Paul Tucker has completed his journey through this vale of JOY, tears, and years, and IS now at rest Abraham's bosom. Sorrow because Paul Tucker will be sorely missed, but sweet because of his noble example and present victory.

Here is brother Eldridge's letter:

Dear Brother Dobbs: On June 6, 2000 Brother Paul M. Tucker passed away. He was a faithful gospel preacher and a strong contender for the faith. I think his family would appreciate an article written about him. He was loved by many and only disliked by those who would pervert the truth. I am enclosing an article about him written several years ago.

He preached at the Crieve Hall church for 37½  years, and was instrumental in getting Tom Holland as the pulpit minister when he stepped down. He continued to reach and preach when needed.

He was one of the finest men I have ever known.

He left three legacies: his reputation as a faithful gospel preacher and two sons, Mark and Tim, who are very active in the Church.

Tim is a missionary to Finland and Mark is active in the Church in Indiana. (Tim lost his wife in as auto accident last year, I believe.)

Thank you in advance and keep up the good work. May God give us more preachers like Paul Tucker. God bless you in your work.

Enclosed was a copy of a speech made by brother Tucker September 18, 1982 on the occasion of the celebration of his 50th year of preaching the gospel. It is a remarkable production and shows us the heart of this man of God.

After recounting his early preaching experiences, brother Tucker told of the invitation for him to become an evangelist for the Crieve Hall church in Nashville. He took up his duties with the Crieve Hall church, December 1962. In his Golden Anniversary sermon brother Paul said:

All my life I coveted: the opportunity of helping build a church large in numbers, sound in the faith, aggressive in evangelism, missionary and benevolent in spirit, warm and loving in heart, tender in fellowship, and numerous in good works to God's glory. When I met with the elders of Crieve Hall church, Jere Williams and Dave Slaughter, and d iscussed the possibility of my coming to Crieve Hall, I not know all of these dreams would come true to the degree they have ....

Only eternity could provide time and opportunity to recite all the thrilling experiences at Crieve Hall. There have been some sorrows but many joys, a few thorns but many roses, a few valleys of discouragement but many mountains of ecstasy, a few negatives but many positives. All in a ll, it has been the most thrilling and rewarding work of my life ....

I am debtor to my family. I am debtor to a ll the elders and congregations who have been gracious and considerate enough to call me to regular pulpit work, to call me to many gospel meetings, to over fifty teacher training courses in many states, to fourteen colleges and Christian schools that have used me in lectureships and special appearances, and have supported me with prayers, encouraging remarks, money, and in many other ways. This has enabled me to preach in thirty of our United States, and in Ivory Coast, West Africa, in London and in Birmingham, England, and a number of pulpits in Scotland, including the pulpit at Kirkcaldy formerly used by Alexander Campbell.

I am debtor above all to God for his saving grace, to Christ for his cleansing blood, and to the Holy Spirit for his enlightening truth, which I have tried to proclaim faithfully . ...

I have some concerns for the future .... I am concerned because of an apparent lack of Bible study. Lack of Bible knowledge will destroy a people. "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge" (Hosea 4:6). I am concerned about deteriorating morals and ethics. It becomes more and more difficult to separate the church from the world. I am concerned because of the apparent decrease in appreciation for the value of human life. There seems to be less and less appreciation for the proper roles of male and female in society as defined by God's word ....

Wherever the Lord may lead me in the future, I expect to teach and preach the word, and to fight the good fight. I expect to continue this as long as the enabling grace of God makes it possible, and then to rejoice forever with all the redeemed as we exclaim on heaven's bright shore, 'The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdom of our Lord and His Christ; and they shall reign forever and ever' (Rev. 11:15).

Reading brother Tucker's sermon helped me, and I pray that these excerpts from his lesson will help all our readers.

He is gone to claim the crown of Life that is laid by for him. He, like an Old Testament worthy, "gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years, and was gathered to his people." That is, he lived a long, faithful, fruitful, and useful life, and is now gathered to those of like precious faith. As was said on the death of a great American Statesman, "He belongs to the ages."

-Firm Foundation, September, 2000, pages 25,26 / Note: This is a timed piece. Some of those enlisted as living may be now deceased.
  Gospel Advocate Obituary

NASHVILLE, TENN. - Paul M. Tucker died June 6. He had been one of the ministers at the Crieve Hall Church of Christ in Nashville for 38 years. He was 86. Tucker was an alumnus of Lipscomb University and received his bachelor's degree in the first graduating class at Pepperdine University. Tucker had preached in local congregations in Natchez, Miss.; Tuscaloosa, Ala.; and the Jackson Park, Wingate and Crieve Hall congregations in Nashville. He had also preached for churches in Pennsylvania and California. He had led 26 mission campaigns in the United States, England and Scotland. He had also served as president of the board of directors for Short Mountain Bible Camp and taught for the Nashville School of Preaching. Tucker is survived by his wife, Edith; two sons, Tim and Mark Tucker; two grandsons, Miika and Paavo Tucker; and one brother, J. Perry Tucker.


-J. Perry Tucker. – Gospel Advocate, July 2000, 41.

Note: Paul Tucker was born January 11, 1914 in Bon Aqua, Hickman County, Tennessee. More information is needed to know a fuller picture of his life's work. When made available, it will be added here.

  Directions To The Grave of Paul M. Tucker

Directions: Woodlawn Cemetery, Nashville, Tennessee, is located behind the 100 Oaks Shopping Center that faces I-65 just south of the I-440 Interchange In The Southern Part Of The City. From 100 Oaks travel east on Thompson Lane and pass the Pepsi Bottlers. Turn left into the Main (Northside) Park of the Woodlawn Cemetery. Take your first left after entering, and head half way up the hill until you come to the sign, Fountain View C. From the sign, head in about 50 feet and you will find the Tucker plot. See cemetery map here. Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery 660 Thompson Lane Nashville, TN  37204 - 615-383-4754


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Paul Marlin Tucker

Grave Photos Taken August, 2011
Courtesy of Scott Harp
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