Nahunta - Letha Tucker went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, December 28, 2022.
Born in Hickox, GA, April 10, 1927, she was the Seventh and only surviving child of Wiley Elbert and Arizona Batten Johns. Schooled in the Brantley County School System, Letha went on to study at Georgia Southern Teacher College during WWII, and before getting her degree, then Brantley County School Superintendent R. D. Thomas, asked her to return home to teach 3rd Grade, at Nahunta Grammar School.
At War’s end, she and her husband moved to Jacksonville, FL, attended beauty school and began a career propelling her into World Wide recognition in the Hair Dressing industry. During her career, Letha won three 1st Place World Titles in hair designs, two 1st Place titles of North and South America, and over 75 1st place titles from local hair design competitions.
She became an “International Guest Artist” in hair design, representing various hair product companies, and organizations. While in Havana, Cuba as a guest artist of the Cuban Hairdressers National Convention, Fidel Castro began his coup which later became known as “The Cuban Revolution.”
In the fall of 1958, Letha moved her family back home to Nahunta, to open a salon, there. In 1960 she opened “Letha’s Hair Stylist” of Waycross. She worked under her name until 1989, leaving to work for the Regis Corporation and later became co-owner of “Mane Street Designs in Hair” of Kingsland, and returned to the Brunswick area in 1994 until she fully retired in 2003.
A resident of Nahunta since1958 and loving mother of three, Letha maintained her residence in Nahunta in order to allow her children to be close to family and friends while completing their formal education in her home county.
Letha is survived by her three children, Tommy Tucker (Angela), of Brunswick; Dona Cox-Cosgrove (Michael), of Kingsland; and DeLon Tucker Warner of Nahunta. Letha also leaves behind nine grandchildren, Wayne Cox, Christian Cox, Jennifer Cox, Eric Tucker, Michael Tucker, Melanie Tucker, Brandon Johnson, Meredith McDonald and Trevor Johnson; fifteen great grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren, and many cousin, nieces and nephews.
Letha was a former member of the Nahunta Junior Women’s and Garden Clubs. At the time of her homegoing, Letha was a member of the Hickox Baptist Church.
The children will receive friends and relatives one hour prior to the service on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 from 10am -11am at Hickox Baptist Church. A Celebration of Life Services, will be held Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at 11am, at Hickox Baptist Church, with interment to follow at the Bethlehem Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Grandsons: Eric Tucker, Wayne Cox, Christian Cox ; Great-Grandsons: Austin Dowling, Chandler Cox, little Christian Cox; and Nephew, Jeffrey Johns.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
Family and friends may express condolences using the online registry at www.fryefh.com