The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


March 19, 2014

Obituaries — Thursday, March 20, 2014


Juanita E. Tanner

Juanita E. Tanner, 94, of Fayetteville, died March 12, 2014, at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley.

She was born February 27, 1920, the youngest child of the late John and Rosa Simmons Rader of Gassaway. Juanita also was preceded in death by her husband, Russell W. Tanner, and her son, James F. Tanner. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, being also preceded in death by her sisters, Marie Costello and Marmel Brown, and brothers, Garland, Orlando “Tink,” and Lanta Rader.

Juanita spent a majority of her life in Gassaway, leaving only to move closer to her sister, Marie, in Rock Springs, Ga.

The two of them cared for their mother, who lived to be 112. As Juanita’s health began to decline, she moved to Fayetteville to live with her son, Jack, and his wife, Marion.

Juanita was a graduate of Gassaway High School.

She worked for many years as a bookkeeper for Rader Buick in Gassaway and later for Belknap Trailer Sales.

She was a 50-year member and Past Worthy Matron of Gassaway Chapter #32 Order of the Eastern Star.

She enjoyed knitting, travel, camping, and the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration in Shelbyville, Tenn.

She was happiest with her family and driving down the road. She taught most of her seven grandsons to count by fives and tens before they started to school. She liked to play rummy and set back and she was usually scorekeeper, and she played to win! 

Surviving: her sons and their families, Jack and Marion Tanner of Fayetteville and Jerry and Jan Tanner of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; a dear daughter-in-law, Dr. Mary Tanner and her husband, Homer Kemp, of Ringgold, Ga.; grandsons, Brian (Sonja), James, Jeffrey (Beth), Russell (Stephanie), Waide, Andrew (Jacque), Matthew (Kelly), and Charlie (Sharla); great-grandsons, R.J., Drew, Zane, Jerry, Luke, and Brock; a great-granddaughter, Abbigail; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, with Pastor Rusty Tanner officiating on March 16. Burial followed at Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway.

The family requests that donations be made to the Raleigh County Commission on Aging, 1614 S. Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV 25801, or to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

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Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

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