Arvest Associate in Lowell, Ark., Celebrates 95th Birthday!

Friday, July 12 at 03:30 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Elza Tucker works at the Arvest branch in Lowell, Ark., every Friday and serves popcorn to customers. For those who have experienced this special act they would agree it is one-of-a-kind. Mr. Tucker loves his customers and enjoys spending his day with the many who walk through the doors. His smile is contagious and he is truly a ray of sunshine!

On Friday, July 12 the branch celebrated Elza’s 95th birthday by serving cake and punch to customers and having a potluck with the Lowell associates. Elza will also be honored on Sunday, July 14 at the First Baptist Church in Lowell from 2 - 4 p.m. All are welcome to attend his birthday celebration.

The following was published in the Lowell City News in 2008 and submitted by Traci Whitehead (some updates have been made)

Elza was born July 13, 1918, in the home of his parents, Walter Lee Tucker and Minnie Belle Austin Tucker in Lowell, Ark. Elza is the oldest of three. He had one brother and one sister. Elza is the last living member of his family.

Elza grew up in Lowell and in 1941 joined the military. He served under General Patton during the invasion of Africa and the invasion of Sicily in 1943. He landed in Omaha Beach in 1944. During that time, Elza was trapped in the same foxhole for 17 straight days, he prayed if the Lord would let him live, he would spend the rest of his life serving the Lord, and he has done just that. He has been a deacon at the First Baptist Church of Lowell for 60 years, taught Sunday school for 30 years and has been helping with Sunday school record keeping for 21 years.

After being wounded in the war, he rehabilitated in the Longview, Texas Military Hospital. After his rehabilitation, Elza went on to San Antonio, Texas where he became a military police officer using only a “paddy wagon” and a “billy club.” He was honorably discharged in November 1945. After the military, Elza returned to Lowell with his beautiful bride, Doris Shaver Tucker, whom he married December 30, 1944. They were married for 63 years and 10 days when Doris passed away in January 2008.

Upon his return to Lowell, he was commissioned by President Harry S. Truman as the Post Master of Lowell. Elza served the U.S. Post Office for 31 years. Elza has 60 years of public service; he became a volunteer fireman with the Lowell Fire Department in 1973 and retired after 20 years. He served 10 years on the Lowell City Council, 29 years as a Planning Commissioner, 19 years on the Lowell Street Department and one term as a Quorum Court Justice of the Peace in Bentonville, Ark. Elza helped organize the original Lowell Chamber of Commerce. He and Vera Lou Fowler started the Lowell Museum.

Elza is currently employed by the City of Lowell as the Museum Director and is also employed by Arvest Bank of Lowell. In 2005, a new elementary/middle school was opened in Lowell, the Elza R. Tucker School. Elza loves the school and everyone there, especially the children and enjoys the time he spends there.

During their life together, Elza and Doris had two sons, Rick (deceased) and Tim Tucker of Lowell. Elza has six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. When Elza was asked, “What could you say about your life?” Elza replied, “The Lord has blessed me in so many ways, but when they named the school after me, it was the greatest! If my name could be on anything, it would be a school where children can learn. I love children. I also have the best bunch of friends anyone could ask for!”

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest Benton County, Associates
Sheri Umholtz on 7/26/2013 at 6:43 PM
I am so glad to find another article about this sweet man. Mr. Elza is my grandfather's cousin, and I was able to meet him for the first time 3 years ago.
Lon Pennington on 10/18/2014 at 1:58 AM
This is a great man whom we love and admire. We are so very thankful for him and are so very proud of who he is and what he has done. He is my very own uncle, my mother's brother. -Lon Pennington

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