Clifton Lyonell Tucker, Jr., 29, died in the early morning, Monday, May 28, Memorial Day, 2018, from injuries sustained in a one vehicle accident near Balmorhea, Texas. Cliff or Little Cliff as he was known was born Jan. 12, 1989, in Tacoma, Washington. He spent his younger years traveling with his parents, who were both US Army active duty Soldiers until they retired at US Army Post Fort Bliss making El Paso his hometown. He attended Chapin High School where he excelled and achieved local, city and state honors in football and basketball earning him the title Mr. El Paso. Cliff was considered one of the greatest athletes to come out of El Paso, Texas when he graduated in 2007.
Fulfilling his promise to his cousin, Philip Michael Thomas, who had been killed in a tragic motorcycle accident in April of 2001, Cliff turned down a full scholarship to play sports at the University of Texas El Paso to attend the University of Maryland, where the majority of his extended family lived. His smile and outgoing personality quickly touched those who saw him play in over 130 college basketball games for the Maryland Terrapins from 2007-2011, two memorable trips to the NCAA Men’s tournament in 2009 and 2010 and his now famous You Tube game winning shot against Georgia Tech. In 2011, when he was not selected for the National Basketball Association (NBA) draft he decided to return to the University of Texas El Paso as a 5th year senior to play one year of football at the wide receiver position.
In 2012, Cliff was drafted into the NBA Developmental league 3rd round by the Springfield Armor an affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets, after his short time with the Armor, he spent the next 5 years playing as an International player traveling between several Countries during his over 180 game career. Always returning to either El Paso or Maryland to work with local kids at basketball camps and clinics.
He is survived by his mother, Regina, father, Cliff Sr, his grandparents, Willie Mae and Levet Brown, Jr, who raised Cliff for 3 years when both parents were assigned overseas, his son, Dallas, his daughters, Dianna and Destinee, the most significant person in his life, Genesis, his El Paso family, his Maryland family, and his numerous aunts, uncles and cousins in the Brown, Tucker and Soto family.
A Viewing will be held in El Paso, Tuesday, Jun 5, 2018 from 2 pm - 4 pm at the 1st Armored Division Chapel, Building 11272 Biggs Street, [East Fort Bliss], El Paso, Texas 79918. Funeral Service to begin at 4 PM Tuesday, June 5, 2018 from 2 pm - 4 pm at the 1st Armored Division Chapel, Building 11272 Biggs Street, [East Fort Bliss], El Paso, Texas 79918.
A service will be held in Maryland, Thursday, Jun 7, 2018 from 10 am - 11am (Viewing), 11 am - 1 pm will both viewing and service will be located at the University of Maryland Memorial Chapel, 7600 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD, 20740 - (301) 314-9866 --- Immediately following join the procession to the Cedar Hill Cemetery, 4111 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suitland, MD, 20746 for Cliff’s burial service.Read More