Literary scholar; university professor of language and literature.  Born–Marengo County, May 17, 1931.  Parents–William Newman Foxhall and Adelle Yates Foxhall.  Married–William Howard Tucker.  Children–two.  Education–University of Montevallo, B.A.; University of West Alabama, M.A.; University of Alabama, Ph.D., 1970.  Teacher at Linden High School; reporter, Birmingham Post-Herald.  Professor of English at the University of West Alabama; Chair of the Department of Languages and Literature. Published short stories in periodicals; one story, “My Sister Callie,” was included in Best American Short Stories.  Founded the Livingston Press, the UWA literary magazine, the division writing lab. Awarded status of professor emeritus at UWA on her retirement in 1987. Received the William E. Gilbert Award for Outstanding Teaching at UWA; elected to the Society of the Golden Key. The Betty Jean Tucker Conference Room was named in her honor.  Died October 3, 2018.


Obituary, Tuscaloosa News, October 6, 2018.


On a Darkling Plain:  Stories of the Great Depression.  Livingston Press, 2014.

Swift: God’s Knight-Errant.  Livingston Press, 2018.