David Lucas, 72, of Helena-West Helena, died Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 at Helena Regional Medical Center.
David Lucas, 72, of Helena-West Helena, died Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 at Helena Regional Medical Center. He was born on Oct. 22, 1941 to Mary Lee Young and David Lucas in Port Gibson, Miss. At an early age, he and his sister, Ophelia, moved with their mother to West Helena, Arkansas, where he spent the rest of his childhood, graduating from Eliza Miller High School. As an adult, he was one of the first African-American men hired to work for the telephone company in his town. He was a dedicated and baptized Jehovah's Witness from his early thirties until his death and never wavered in his faith, despite the trying health problems he was challenged with at times in his life. David lived with his mother, Mary Lee, until he married and moved to New York in 1978. Although he moved, he was a loyal and loving son, who provided for his mother's needs, even assisting her to travel to Russia and Poland in her later years. David had two sons, Armand Ian Lucas and Aaron Rudolph Lucas and despite a divorce, he was determined to be a caring, faithful, and devoted father, staying in New York City until both his sons were adults. In 2004, David retired from his job at the U.S. Postal Service and in 2006, he returned to Helena-West Helena. During his retirement, he devoted himself to his faith, spending time preaching the Word of God and attending to his duties as an elder in his congregation. David also enjoyed the companionship of his family, whom he had deeply missed throughout the years he was in New York. He tinkered with his cars, a lifetime hobby and source of enjoyment for him. David loved to travel and had been to 48 of the 50 states, as well as recently visiting Europe twice with son, Aaron, fulfilling a lifelong desire to visit Paris. David will be deeply missed by two loving sons, Armand and Aaron Lucas; sister, Ophelia “Tina” Corbin; brother-in-law, Galvion Corbin; five nephews, Torin (Cynthia), Carlos (Caroline), David, Marius (Kim), Cory and his niece, Latasha and many grand nephews and nieces and spiritual brothers and sisters. A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's. Arrangements are entrusted to Kincaid Funeral Services. Friends and relatives are invited to post messages and share memories online in his guest book at www.kincaidfuneralservices.com.