MIC Roy B. Tuck Jr.
Past Most Illustrious Grand Master of Louisiana, 2007-2008
Most Illustrious Companion Roy B. Tuck, Jr., Past Most Illustrious Grand Master of Louisiana, passed over to that undiscovered country from whose borne no traveler returns on Thursday June 24, 2022.
Sir Knight Tuck served with distinction as Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of the State of Louisiana in 2003-04; as the Grand Master of the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of the State of Louisiana in 2007-2008; as the Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Louisiana in 1995-96; and as the Grand Master of Free & Accepted Masons of the State of Louisiana in 1997. As such, he had been one of only three York Rite Masons in the State of Louisiana to ever be invested with the Knight York Grand Cross of Honour, Four Quadrants. Born on the 4th day of December, 1931 in Leesville. Louisiana to Roy B. Tuck and Zelma Wilson Tuck, Right Eminent Past Grand Commander Guillot was 90 years old at the time of his passing in Leesville, Louisiana.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Bernard Tuck Sr. and Zelma Wilson Tuck Hammett; daughters-in-law, Darla Kay Tuck and Ramona Gail Tuck; and step-grandson Jason Davis. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of nearly 70 years, Ramona Benedict Tuck of Leesville, LA; sons, Roy K. Tuck, James Bernard Tuck and wife Tracy, and Timothy Wayne Tuck and wife Christy all of Leesville; daughter, Anita Carmen Tuck of Leesville; grandchildren, Kambria L. Tuck Sturgeon, Haley L Tuck Stevens and husband Brandon, Kendra L. Tuck, Khristopher Tuck, Katlin Tuck and wife Heather, Gracyn E. Tuck, and Laura L. Tuck; step-grandchildren, Jordan Wells and Courtney Hippler; great-grandchildren, Keyan Tuck, Taylor Stevens, Kynsley Tuck, and Blanchard Stevens; step-great- grandchildren, Kadence Betz, Connor Betz, Braylynn Betz, Jaden Davis, Jacob Hippler, Caleb Hippler, Charlie Wells, Analeigh Wells, and Remi Jones; brother, William E. “Bill” Tuck and wife Betty of Winnsboro, TX; sister, Marybelle Tuck McDaniel of Leesville; and a host of nephews, nieces, and extended family members..
He attended public schools in Vernon Parish, LA and held a B.S. degree from Louisiana State University and an L.L.B. and Juris Doctor degree from L.S.U. Law School. He served in the U. S. Navy and was assigned to the First Marine Division, U.S. Marine Corps as a medic. He served in Korea; was wounded and awarded The Purple Heart. His final military assignment was in Orange, TX.
Upon graduating from law school, he was engaged in the private practice of law for twenty-one years and served as District Judge of the 30 th Judicial District Court of Louisiana until his retirement from the bench in December 1996.
He was raised a Master Mason in Rosepine Lodge No. 290, F. & A. M. Rosepine, LA 19 April 1983. He was also a perpetual member of Leesville Lodge No. 240 F.& A. M., Leesville, LA and served as Worshipful Master of both Lodges as well as the Eighth Masonic District Lodge. He held a gold certificate of proficiency in the esoteric work of the Symbolic Lodge.
Grand Lodge activities included service as Grand Representative (New Hampshire), District Grand Lecturer, member and chairman of Committee on Masonic Law and Jurisprudence, and member and chairman of Board of Trustees of Masonic Learning Center of Louisiana. He was Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons in the State of Louisiana from 2006 to 2015 and was honored as Grand Secretary Emeritus of the Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons in 2016.
He was a member of Vernon Chapter No. 51 Royal Arch Masons, Fullerton Council No. 26, Cryptic Masons, Rhodes Commandery No. 17 and served as head of each of those bodies. He served on a number of committees in Grand Chapter, Grand Council, and Grand Commandery. He was a member of the Shreveport Scottish Rite bodies, Knight Commanders of the Court of Honor, Valley of Shreveport, and 33 rd Degree Inspector General Honorary, Valley of Shreveport.
Other Masonic memberships include Louisiana Lodge of Research, Order of High Priesthood, Order of Silver Trowel, Knight Crusaders of the Cross, St. Matthews Conclave of the Red Cross of Constantine, Louisiana Priory No. 43 Knights of the York Cross of Honour, Louisiana York Rite College No. 99, John of Patmos Tabernacle, XLII, Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests, Royal Order of Scotland, El Karubah Shrine Temple, Beauregard-Anderson Chapter No. 530, National Sojourners, General Pierre G. T. Beauregard Camp of Heroes’ of ’76, Rosepine Chapter No. 204 Order of Eastern Star and served as head of many of those bodies.
He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Vernon Parish Library; Member and Deacon of Leesville First Baptist Church; Served as Adult Sunday School Teacher and on multiple church boards; Local Gideons; Member of the LA. Bar Association; Service on the Castor Cemetery Committee for 18 years; Member of the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association; Secretary of the Vernon Parish Police Jury; and member of the Civitan Club to include service as their State Governor.