Tommy Tankersley


ROSSVILLE Tommy Collier Tankersley, 66, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, May 10, 2013. He was a lifelong resident of the Chattanooga and Rossville area where he was a member of the Peoples Baptist Church and the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 203. He worked for thirteen years in Maintenance at Buster Brown and retired from Custom Bakery. Tommy served in the United States Army as a medic during the Vietnam War receiving several metals including the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. His passions in life were God, family, enjoying the outdoors and woodworking. He was preceded in death by his parents, J.C. and Maybell Tankersley; and brother, Harold Tankersley.Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Carolyn Tankersley; two children, David (Tracey) Tankersley of Erwin, Tenn., and Melanie (Steve) Wyatt, of Ringgold; three sisters, Diane (T.J.) Bannister, of Chattanooga, Juanita (Doyle) Sisk, of Chickamauga; brother, Dewane (Susan) Tankersley, of Flintstone; five grandchildren, Madison, Nolan, and Connor Tankersley, and Randi and Savannah Wyatt; and several nieces and nephews.Condolences may be sent to services will be held Monday at 1:30p.m. in the South Crest Chapel with the Reverend Stephen Kellogg officiating.Interment will follow in the Chattanooga National Cemetery with full military honors provided by the VVA Chapter 203 and the TN Army National Guard.In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 203, P. O. Box 23405 Chattanooga, TN 37422.The family will receive friends today from 4-8 p.m. and Monday from Noon until the funeral hour at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Crematory, located at the end of historic Missionary Ridge, Rossville.

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