William “Tuck” Osborne Tucker III of Lynchburg passed away on December 21, 2020. Born on August 20, 1961, he was the son of William Osborne Tucker Jr. and Gay Coffey Tucker also of Lynchburg.
Tuck was a graduate of Virginia Episcopal School and Virginia Commonwealth University.
Upon graduating from VCU, he immediately left for Los Angeles dreaming of establishing himself in the field of animation. Over his 30 year career, he animated some of the greatest cartoons including The Little Mermaid, Rugrats, The Simpsons, Hey Arnold!, Ren and Stimpy, Fairly Odd Parents, Family Guy and Spongebob Squarepants.
After returning to Virginia, Tuck transferred his skills to the world of academia and accepted a role as Associate Professor at Longwood University, Farmville before transferring to Sweet Briar College as an Associate Adjunct Professor of Studio Art.
In addition to his parents, Tuck leaves behind his daughter Gina Tucker of Denver, Colorado; wife Anne Coates of Lowesville, Virginia; brother Bailey (Susan) Tucker of Raleigh, NC; niece Mallory and nephew Will Tucker of Raleigh. He is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. He was predeceased by his wife Connie.
Throughout his life, Tuck enjoyed spending time with his two and four-footed friends—horses Jameson, Louie, Addie; dogs Tucker, Snookie, Phoebe, Poppy and wood duck Comet. He hatched and raised hundreds of turkeys, pheasants, wood ducks and quail. On weekends, Tuck experienced an immense amount of joy spending time with his friends of the Bedford County Hunt Club.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his honor can be made to Virginia Episcopal School – Lynchburg; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; the Lynchburg Humane Society, 1211 Old Graves Mill Road, Lynchburg, VA 24502; and the Bedford County Hunt - Care of the Hounds, P.O. Box 64, Bedford, VA 24523
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.