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John D. Lucas "Dennie", Jr.

February 13, 1950 — October 3, 2020

John D. Lucas "Dennie", Jr.

Mr. John D. Lucas “Dennie”, Jr., age 70 of Gilmer, passed away on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at his home. Denny was born in Oak Grove, Louisiana on February 13, 1950 to the late John D. and Geneva (Fryday) Lucas, Sr. After graduating high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps., where he trained as a rifleman, achieving the rank of Corporal while serving in the Vietnam War. He sustained injuries from an enemy landmine, and was awarded the Purple Heart. He worked as a police officer and swat team member for the Houston Police Department for 10 years, before changing lanes to begin a 40 year career as a tractor-trailer driver and instructor. He enjoyed watching westerns, riding motorcycles, and spending time with his family.
He leaves behind a loving family; his wife of 18 years, Marie Lucas of Gilmer; children, Brian Lucas and wife Lisa of Huntsville, Carrie Wyatt and husband Robert of Huntsville, Virginia Lawrence of Spring Hill, John James and wife Lindsey of Bixby, OK., Krystal Williams of Hallsville, Joseph James and wife Cindi of Durant, OK.; sister, Darlene Ward and husband Billy of Humble; grandchildren, Tanner, Tori, Levi, Joseph, Sierra, Kailey, Kendell, Adriana, Julia, Noah, Luke, Kinsey, Kaden, Koby, Kai, Kori; three great-grandchildren, Zoey, Lily, Alyanna; and four loving pets.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Jason Derek Lucas; and grandson, Toby.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, October 8, 2020 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM at Croley Funeral Home of Gilmer, followed by a graveside service at 1:30 PM at Gladewater Memorial Park on Highway 80, Chaplain Billy W. Ward officiating; pallbearers will be Ricky Metcalf, Chris Lawrence, Bubba Hill, Robert Wyatt, Mike Evans, and Brian Lucas.

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

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Gladewater Memorial Park

Gladewater, TX 75647

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