Robert Burton Tucker, age 78, passed away on Monday, November 1, 2021, surrounded by his family.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Everette Flournoy and Fannie Mangum Tucker, his brother John Tucker, and his sisters Anne Claybrook, Betty Bates, Shirley Mae Tucker, Evelyn Burch, and Emily Moore.

Following graduation from Randolph-Henry High School in 1961, Robert attended The College of William and Mary.  He served two years in the United States Army stationed in Fort Meade, Maryland.  Soon after returning home, Robert began working at Spaulding Equipment Company, eventually becoming the President and owner.

Robert is survived by his wife of 46 years, Bernardine Pettus Tucker of Keysville.  He is also survived by his three children, Robert Zachery Tucker and wife Dara of Keysville, Daniel J. Farnsworth, Jr. and wife Tammy of Greenville, SC, and Kathleen Braun and husband David of Keysville; 6 grandchildren: Robert Dalton Tucker, Cullen, Jared, Campbell and Cates Farnsworth, and Waylon Braun; and his sisters, Vivian Tucker Speas of Harrisonburg, and Nancy Carol Tucker of Harrisburg.

He was a strong-willed, hard-working, accomplished businessman and farmer who was loved by many.  His family adored him, and he will be greatly missed.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Spaulding Equipment Company, in Clover, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice. The Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville, VA, is serving the family.

Condolence Messages

  1. Jane hamlett

    02 November 2021 3 years ago

    A fine gentleman

  2. Grey Walker and Family

    02 November 2021 3 years ago

    Our entire family is going to miss this man terribly. Prayers to his family and all those who worked with him.

  3. Sharon McDaniel

    02 November 2021 3 years ago

    My deepest sympathy to the family, Robert will be deeply missed for sure. When We came here 4 yrs ago, Robert was one of the first Tuckers I was introduced to and I’m so fortunate to have known him. He always had something nice to say and I enjoyed speaking with him. He always ask if I needed hay and was helpful getting my Pat and I up and going with our farm equipment. Rest In Peace Robert you have earned your wings for sure. Fly high Robert Tucker! ❤️

  4. Scott & Jennifer Bishop

    02 November 2021 3 years ago

    Robert was a very sweet man and will be missed by many. Zach and family you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Mary Elizabeth Dickinson Covington McDade

    02 November 2021 3 years ago

    I was so sorry to hear about Robert.
    He was a special person and friend from high school and from the store.His wonderful outgoing personality with his sense of humor made it a joy to shop and visit at the store.
    I will truly miss him.
    My love and deepest sympathy to the family. May God bless you all.

  6. Martha Sue Blosser

    02 November 2021 3 years ago

    Bun, So sorry for your loss. Know the pain you’re feeling . Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers ❤️❤️

  7. Linda Queen

    02 November 2021 3 years ago

    So sorry for your loss, prayers for the family.

  8. Kathy Whiteside

    02 November 2021 3 years ago

    Dear Bun,
    I am so very sad for you and your family in the loss of your husband. You will be in my thoughts and I’m praying for strength for you during this sad time.
    Sullins love,
    Kathy Jones Whiteside

  9. Don Parham

    02 November 2021 3 years ago

    Oh my goodness!!! I always viewed Robert as my Really Best Friend in Charlotte County. We played football and basketball together, double dated many times, and just genuinely, at least I thought so, were close friends.
    Bun, Zack, close friends, and Charlotte County, Virginia have lost a Great Man!
    PLEASE!! let me know when the Celebration of Life is to be held!

  10. Carolyn Hammock

    02 November 2021 3 years ago

    Robert was always smiling and laughing. He will be greatly missed. My heart goes out to Bun and the family.

  11. Ken Smith

    03 November 2021 3 years ago

    I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He was a good man and true to his word. I will miss him and our talks of farming.

  12. Cheryl Simpson-Freeman

    03 November 2021 3 years ago

    Bernardine and family , I am so sorry to hear of Robert’s passing. I know this leaves a large void and may you feel all the prayers for comfort in this time. I am glad I got to meet him.

  13. Dale Lindsey

    03 November 2021 3 years ago

    I have known Robert most of my life. He was always a kind , thoughtful person . He will be missed by many. I’m glad that God let us cross paths on this journey. Prayers for his family during the days ahead. God be with you.

  14. Mark Anthony Fears

    03 November 2021 3 years ago


  15. Diane & Andrew Briggs

    03 November 2021 3 years ago

    WE ARE SOO SORRY for your loss.. It is a loss to many .He was always so kind to us and did so much for us and Cale OVER THE YEARS. CALE ADORED ROBERT ♡ Love and Hugs from the Briggs Family .Diane and Andrew

  16. Connie D Mason

    03 November 2021 3 years ago

    Robert was one in a Million and will be missed by everyone that knew him. He stole the hearts of all farmers with his hard work ethics and cussing zest for life. Love goes out to his wonderful family.

  17. Charlene FISCH

    03 November 2021 3 years ago

    Bun…so sad to see this. Much love to you and family

  18. Dale and Brenda Robinson

    03 November 2021 3 years ago

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during your loss. Robert will be greatly missed but fondly remembered.

    With deepest sympathy,

    Dale and Brenda Robinson

  19. Kenneth Marston

    03 November 2021 3 years ago

    Robert was a friend to all! He was devoted to his customer’s He will be missed

  20. Bill Devin

    03 November 2021 3 years ago

    Robert was a good friend and smart business man . I liked how Robert dealt with you . He would give you a good price and if I can help you let me know . That’s it the phone line was dead . Robert was no BS he would tell you how he felt and you always knew how he felt on any given topic . I will miss him greatly he was old school and l loved that about him. Loved and respected by many what a wonderful tribute to say about anyone.

  21. Kenneth Marston

    03 November 2021 3 years ago

    Robert was a one in million He will be missed

  22. Glenn Pollock

    04 November 2021 3 years ago

    He was a great friend, an honest and dedicated businessman for his customers, and a true gentleman of the South. I will miss him greatly. It was an honor to know him. I will miss him very much. HIs loss will be felt by all who knew him.

  23. Louise

    04 November 2021 3 years ago

    Love and condolences to Bernardine and the family — Christoph, Avril, Louise, and Anton Largiadèr

  24. Timmy and Jeanette Moore

    04 November 2021 3 years ago

    We have been customers of Mr. Tucker for over 25 years. He was always very helpful and fair when purchasing equipment. We trusted him on many occasions. We are very saddened to hear of his passing. Such a loss to the community and the business.
    God Bless his family.
    Timmy and Jeanette Moore


    06 November 2021 3 years ago

    We dearly loved Robert and it won’t be the same not seeing him at Spaulding. Never have we known a better person., and will cherish our memories of him. Love and blessing to His Family.

    Franklin, Gloria and Shane Hanks

  26. Judy & Tom

    06 November 2021 3 years ago

    Bun and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love and hugs to all.❤️

  27. Charlie and Ann Lowery

    02 December 2021 3 years ago

    So sorry to hear that Robert passed away on 11/1/2021 . We have just now heard of his passing he was a wonderful person and good friend . We are so sorry he will be truly missed .

  28. Vincent Finelli

    19 April 2022 2 years ago

    I am so sorry to learn of the passing of Robert Tucker. He was a wonderful inspiration to all who met him. He helped me with our Family’s farming equipment and took the stand for well-made products and against the tide of sub-standard products. All of the equipment that we purchased from him is at our farm in Missouri. I have the utmost respect for him – more should follow the path that he paved for us. Vincent Finelli, Missouri

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