SIKESTON -- James A. Tanner, 90, died at 8 a.m. Sunday, March 4, 2012, at his home in Sikeston.
He was born Dec. 26, 1921, in Portageville, to the late Benjamin and Lillie Mae Bodi Tanner, and worked as a carpenter for over 50 years.
On June 20, 1942, in Sikeston, he married Martha Jane Stoner, who preceded him in death on Dec. 17, 2003.
On Sept. 24, 1942, he was inducted into the U.S. Army. He served during World War II as a medic and litter bearer in Normandy, Northern France, and Rhineland, Central Europe. During his tour of duty he was awarded four Bronze Stars, the Silver Star, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, European-African Middle Eastern Theatre Lapel Button and three overseas bars.
James was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church in Sikeston for many years. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3174, Disabled American Veterans Post 57, the James Tanner AmVets (American Veterans) Post 149, and the Henry Meldrum American Legion Post 114.
Survivors include: three daughters and sons-in-law, Sue and Gerald Rogers of Sikeston, Betty and Jerry Hampton of Cape Girardeau and James and Peggy Thurman of Sikeston; two sons and daughters-in-law, Ben and Pranorm (Meow) Tanner of Sikeston and Mike and Lisa Tanner of Warner Robins, Ga.; one brother, Preston Tanner of Kingdom City, Ariz.; and one sister, Rose Hill Baker of Dexter. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
James also leaves behind many special extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by five brothers, Herschel Tanner, Otis Tanner, James Grace, Edgar Grace and Alvin Grace; two sisters, Samantha Thoman and Ester Caldwell; two grandchildren, James A. Hampton and Christina Rene Hampton; and one great-grandchild, Kassidy Anne Thurman.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 8 at the Fellowship Baptist Church in Sikeston, where funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 9 with the Rev. Joe McCullough, pastor, officiating.
Burial will follow in Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sikeston, with full military honors provided by the Missouri Military Honor Guard Unit.
Nunnelee Funeral Chapel of Sikeston is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be shared at: www.nunneleefuneralchapel.com.
The family requests memorial contributions to be made to:
Cape Girardeau Veterans Home
2400 Veterans Memorial Drive
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701