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Chaplain Sylvia Tucker

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Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Chaplain

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pink
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Thanksgiving
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida
Favorite Quote:
If I Pass This Way, Let Me Have Helped Someone On My Journey.

Birthplace

Born:
6/20/1945
Birth Location:
Melbourne, Florida

Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Chaplain

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pink
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Thanksgiving
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida
Favorite Quote:
If I Pass This Way, Let Me Have Helped Someone On My Journey.

Birthplace

Born:
6/20/1945
Birth Location:
Melbourne
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Biography

Sylvia Voncill Tucker was born on June 20, 1945 in Melbourne, Florida. Her father was a presser and her mother worked as a domestic. Her parents separated at an early age and she and her siblings were raised by their father in Melbourne. She was very sickly as a child and suffered from severe asthmatic attacks. As a young girl she had dreams of becoming a nurse. She graduated from Stone High School in 1963, where she was active in the homemakers club and the social action club.

After graduation she married and was a homemaker from 1963 until 1978. Her husband was a member of the United States Air Force, and they traveled the world, living in Greece, Japan and several U.S. cities. In 1978, she entered the workforce, becoming a financial advisor at First Merchants Bank in Richmond, Virginia. She continued her financial counseling work at John Randolph Medical Center in Hopewell, Virginia from 1983 until 1995. In 1979, she also became active with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Virginia and created the Miss SCLC Pageant for young female members of the organization. In 1982, after raising her four children, she went back to college and earned her degree in theology at the University of Lynchburg Seminary. In 1994, she was ordained and licensed as a Baptist minister.

In 1985, while still working in the finance department at John Randolph Medical Center she was given the opportunity to pursue her ministry full time, when she was appointed Chaplain of the hospital thus making history as she was the first female African American hospital chaplain in the state of Virginia.

Tucker continued to add to her list of firsts, in 2000 she was appointed the SCLC National Chaplain, and was the first woman to hold the post. As a hospital chaplain she has dedicated newborn babies, married ill couples, and comforted countless families and sick patients.

Tucker resides in Disputanta, Virginia with her husband, Raymond and they have four grown children and four grandchildren.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Chaplain Sylvia Tucker's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker talks about her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker talks about her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker talks about her family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker describes her maternal grandparents and their orange grove
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker talks about growing up with severe asthma
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker recalls memories from her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker talks about growing up with divorced parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker describes the community she grew up in in Melbourne, Florida
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker recalls attending segregated Stone High School from first to twelfth grade
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker talks about attending Scott Chapel A.M.E. Church
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker talks about her best friend from junior high
  • Tape: 1 Story: 16 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker talks about her high school experience at Stone High School in Melbourne, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker talks about Stone High School in Melbourne, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker recalls her marriage
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker talks about traveling with her husband in the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker talks about working at Merchant's Bank in Richmond, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker describes her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker talks about becoming more religious and beginning to work at John Randolph Medical Center
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker describes her involvement with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker talks about the Miss SCLC pageant, which she founded
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker describes earning a degree in theology and pursuing a career in ministry
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker describes becoming Director of Pastoral Care at John Randolph Medical Center in Hopewell, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker reflects on the dearth of African American hospital chaplains
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker talks about her role as first female chaplain of the national board of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker reflects on resistance to African American women in ministry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker reflects on working as a hospital chaplain
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker describes dealing with child abuse as chaplain
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker describes her work as hospital chaplain
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker describes ministering in good and bad situations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker describes the importance of compassion and commitment in hospital ministry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker reflects on Nelson Mandela
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker reflects on problems within the church
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker reflects on the importance of parents and African American teachers in educating youth
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker reflects on upon voter apathy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker reflects upon her life, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker reflects upon the Civil Rights Movement and her hope for unity
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker reflects upon her life, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 14 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 15 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker reflects upon how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 3 Story: 16 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker sends a message to her children and grandchildren
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Chaplain Sylvia Tucker narrates her photographs