Business owner Leo Luker dies

Published 6:45 pm Wednesday, January 23, 2008

By By Adam Prestridge
Leo Luker Sr. was driving dump trucks just 12 days ago despite battling acute myeloid leukemia.
He was not a stranger to hard work.
Yesterday, family of the Atmore business owner finalized his funeral arrangements after his death just before 3 p.m. Monday afternoon at Spring Hill Memorial Hospital in Mobile following his four-year battle with the blood disorder. He was 83 years old.
Luker, a life-long resident of Atmore, owned Luker &Sons dirt hauling and excavating company for more than five decades.
Walnut Hill dairy farmer Boyd Sigafoose has done business with Luker for more than 20 years. He said Luker’s word was as strong as oak.
Many believe Luker’s integrity was due to his upbringing and also his activeness in church. He served as chairman of the deacons at Presley Street Baptist Church.
Luker also served as a Sunday school teacher.
When Luker first came to Atmore, he owned Luker &Sons plumbing company. He later closed the plumbing company and began offering hauling services.
One of Luker’s unforgettable traits was that he always carried a jar of syrup to the breakfast table with him. Dukes said that trait, over time, has best described Luker.

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