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Slain business owner's daughter remembers J.C. Tucker


Jackie Davidson remembers growing up as a young girl in Clovis as her father, J.C. Tucker, began the business now known as Tucker Auto Sales and Tucker Storage.

Tucker died Sept. 4 of gunshot wounds at the business he began three decades ago. The Curry County Sheriff’s Office is still seeking suspects in his death. His daughter said she would rather remember the good years as her father built the business from the ground up.

“It was the wrecking yard and gas station at first, and the storage was about 10 or so years later after the wrecking yard was first built,” Davidson said. “I just remember how exciting it was for the family, and when they poured the concrete for the building. I think I was 9 or 10 when he did that.”

Tucker also sold fireworks around the Fourth of July, Davidson said.

“He did a little bit of everything,” she said.

Davidson, now 43, said she kept the books in her father’s business until her parents divorced when she was 24. Her older brother, Donny Tucker, continued auto body work in the business until 1995, and he currently works for an auto body company in Kansas where he lives with his two sons.

Davidson said the family hasn’t been close since her parents’ divorce but she misses spending time with her father.

The whole family loved cars, Davidson said — buying them, selling them, repairing them, and even racing them.

“Years ago they had that Midway speedway between Clovis and Portales,” Davidson said. “He always took us to the race track.”

“I love cars and I love the fast rides but not as much as my brother and my father,” Davidson said.

Davidson, a 1978 Clovis High School graduate who now lives in Hereford, Texas, said she misses her hometown but is shocked by the recent crime news.

“It’s just been crazy what’s been going on. It’s just an evil world out there,” Davidson said. “Even up here near Amarillo we read things building up there in Clovis, but before it happened to my dad I didn’t think it’d ever happen to my family.”


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