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Atkins First Assembly of God Church
Saturday February 26th, 2022
10:00am - 11:00am

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Atkins First Assembly of God Church
Saturday February 26th, 2022

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Jerry Steve Tanner

Jerry Steve Tanner, 69 of Atkins, Arkansas, went home to be with the Lord, Monday, February 21, 2022 at his home.  He was born December 28, 1952 in Van Buren, Arkansas to James and Opal Hillman Tanner.  He was preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law, Paul David Carpenter.

Steve was a US Veteran of the Army National Guard and a member of Atkins First Assembly of God Church.  Steve had the honor of coaching his children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and countless others during his 24 years of high school basketball coaching.  

Steve is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Deanne Tanner; daughters, Cresha Sweeden and husband Tim of Atkins, Cristi Carpenter of Atkins; son, Keith Tanner and wife Brandie of Russellville; grandchildren, Michael Perry & wife Hannah, Cora Carpenter, Joshua Carpenter, Tawnie Sweeden, Tate Sweeden, Braden Tanner, Stevie Tanner, Sammie Tanner, Bryant Tanner; great grandchildren, Ellis Perry and Kobie Perry, brother, James Harold Tanner of Fort Smith, Dee Roy Tanner and wife Shirley of Missouri, sister, JoAnn Spencer and husband Herb of Lincoln, Arkansas, as well as several other beloved cousins, nieces, nephews and other family and friends. 

His visitation will be held at 10:00am, Saturday, February 26, 2022 at Atkins First Assembly of God Church, 208 Ave 8 NE., Atkins, AR 72823, with the funeral service beginning at 11:00am, following the visitation. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Atkins, under the direction of Russellville Family Funeral. 

Pallbearers will be Jamie Tanner, Zane Tanner, Blake Tanner, Alex Keck, Greg Tramel, Coach Jeff Haralson and Coach Matt Lee. 

Memorials may be made in Steve's honor to the Alzheimer's Association,  https://www.alz.org.

Obituary and online guestbook are available at www.russellvillefamilyfuneral.com.

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Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Coach Tanner was a good man and a strong influence on many lives.

Dain and Margaret Duvall Feb 26 2022 1:52 PM

Thank you for all the wonderful memories Coach Tanner, you will be missed by many.

Marisa Bale Feb 26 2022 9:09 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jerry Tanner

Marisa Bale Feb 26 2022 9:07 AM

Condolences to Coach Tanner's family at his passing. He was a great influence on many people in this area and a very caring, supportive family man. He will be missed.

Linda Shott Feb 25 2022 1:40 PM

So sorry to hear of Coach Tanner's passing. It seems like only yesterday that we were running line drills after missing free throws and swimming at the Tanner house after games. The Tanner family will be in my family's thoughts and prayers. May the peace of God which transcends all understanding guard your hearts and minds.

Jeremy Box Feb 25 2022 1:30 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Jerry Tanner

Carolyn Stockton Feb 25 2022 8:48 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jerry Tanner

Ryan Liverett Feb 24 2022 11:51 PM

So very sorry for your loss. Steve was a great athlete, a good friend, a classmate who liked to laugh and a cousin. I lost track of him and had no idea he was in Atkins. I'll have to look him up on the other side.

Eddie Huffstetler Feb 24 2022 9:00 PM

I remember Stevie with fond memories. He was always a nice and respectful guy. I haven't seen him since HS graduation and looking at his picture he hadn't changed much. Love and prayers for his family. 🙏🏼❤️

Lynn Welborn Feb 24 2022 7:22 PM

Keith, Brayden, Michael, and family: Deepest of sympathies for the loss of your dad/grandfather/loved one/Coach. You all are lifted in prayer. Coach Tanner was a part of many lives and his lessons and legacy will continue through each of you and those who knew him.

Cynthia Hudgeons Feb 24 2022 3:12 PM

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