Jannie Samuel Tuck was born on June 22, 1945 to the late Reverend Lucius and Mary Samuel of Timmonsville, South Carolina. This “change of life” baby girl was a breath of fresh air in the Samuel household. The birth of this child brought new meaning to this couple’s enduring love after fifteen children.
As a youth, Jannie attended Brockington Elementary School in Timmonsville, South Carolina. She was a bright, inquisitive child who grew in the knowledge of the Lord as a “Preacher’s Kid (PK).” Jannie joined her, father Reverend Samuel, on many occasions as he pastored three Churches in South Carolina. She learned to serve the Lord and God’s people from an early age. Her love for the Lord continued to grow over time and would guide her as she developed into a beautiful young lady, not knowing that she would one day become a “First Lady.”
Jannie graduated from Timmonsville High School in Florence County South Carolina. The native South Carolinian loved the town of Timmonsville, the people and the land. After graduating high school, she decided to venture to Philadelphia to explore a new life with her sister Lillie and brother-in-law Julius. However, Jannie’s heart remained in the south. While in Philadelphia, Jannie met the love of her life, Lonnie Tuck, Jr. The two met after her nephew, June-bug, convinced Lonnie to accompany him around the corner to meet an unsuspecting Jannie. The moment he laid eyes upon the girl from 33rd Street, he knew she would be his wife. Lonnie and Jannie were wed on May 18, 1965. The couple were blessed from this union with one King, Lonnie III, and two Queens, Angela and April. Jannie and Lonnie’s love for each other inspired their
biological children and nurtured the lives of others who considered themselves as part of the family. They had a special way of opening their home and making everyone feel valued and loved.
After several years in Philadelphia, Jannie felt a pull to relocate their family to a country-like setting similar to her childhood home of Timmonsville. The family moved to Hilltown, PA in 1978, where the Lord blessed them with their heart’s desire of six acres and a tractor. Jannie enjoyed the open space, gardening, and raising chickens. She was determined to make a farmer out of her “city-boy” husband. She worked as an Operating Room Technician, assembling instrument trays for surgical procedures. Jannie’s extensive knowledge of the OR and medical procedures enabled her to work with sales representatives from various companies to order supplies for Warminster and Holy Redeemer Health Systems. Family and friends frequently sought her advice regarding upcoming medical procedures. Her kind and compassionate manner helped others during their time of need and to ask informative questions.
Jannie’s walk with the Lord was rekindled after being invited to the First Holy Ghost Jesus House of Prayer, founded by the late Bishop John E. Coleman. She served under his leadership for many years as a faithful worker in the house of the Lord. Jannie helped the Church achieve many of their goals as she sold dinners from her home and the Church. Later, she joined her husband at The Full Gospel Holy Church of God founded by the late Bishop John C. White. Jannie continued her service for the Lord as she and her husband worshiped together. After the death of Bishop White, Jannie’s husband became the Pastor of Full Gospel; therefore, making her the First Lady, Overseer and Mother of the Church. First Lady Tuck cherished her role and was committed to serving the people of God for more than 35 years. Mother Tuck worked in the Sunday School Department and on the Missionary Board, she was able to richly expound upon the Word of God. Under her guidance, she witnessed to many souls and encouraged the saints through her daily walk with the Lord. First Lady Tuck was a Proverbs 31 Virtuous Woman who also was the wind beneath Pastor Tuck’s wings. Mother Tuck had a heart for the people and a generous hand. She shared her knowledge of God’s Word and along with the possessions given to her by the Lord whether it was food or money. In addition to her spiritual teaching, Mother Tuck also taught the people of God how to tithe by giving each member 10 thin dimes and demonstrating how to give to the Lord. Overseer Tuck also encouraged the saints to save a dollar a day to prepare for life’s emergencies. Many saints learned how to tithe and save for a rainy day under her guidance.
Mother Tuck had a special love for children, especially her beloved four grandchildren, Samantha, Shawn, Amber Dawn and Jackson. She loved having them visit her home and taking them on numerous adventures. Mother Tuck also included the members of Full Gospel on many of those journeys. Many people were drawn to her loving spirit and instantaneously wanted to be included as one of her own children. Mother Tuck had a big heart and was willing to embrace everyone.
In her latter days, she wanted to ensure that every saint in Full Gospel had a loaf of bread on the table, a chicken in a pot and fruit in the basket. Mother Tuck accomplished this goal with the help of Pastor Tuck driving her to various locations to
reap the bounty for the saints. Mother Tuck was mindful of the needs of the saints and wanted to share her love even throughout her medical challenges. First Lady Tuck PRESSED her way to Church and to serve on the mission field until God called her home. She never lost her faith in the Power of God.
First Lady Mother Tuck went home to be with the Lord on Friday, March 20, 2020 surrounded by her loved ones. Those left to cherish her memories include: her husband of 55 years, Lonnie; three loving children, Lonnie III (Sam), Angela and April; one son-in-law, Samuel Edwards; four precious grandchildren, Samantha, Shawn, Amber Dawn Jannie, and Jackson; two sisters, Lillie Bristow and Jessie Wilson; three brother-in-laws, Anthony Sydney, Arthur Tuck and Ed Wilson; three sister-in-laws, Gwendolyn Sydney, Geraldine Evans and Mabelle Tuck; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. First Lady Mother Tuck was preceded in death by her parents; 13 siblings including brothers Wilbert and Joshua Samuel and sister, Mary McElveen.
Mother Tuck will be missed greatly by her family, friends and the Full Gospel Holy Church of God.
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