Richard Larry Tanner

Born: Tue., Dec. 6, 1949
Died: Wed., Feb. 12, 2014


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sun., Feb. 16, 2014
Location: McCommons Funeral Home

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Mon., Feb. 17, 2014
Location: Mt. Stephens Baptist Church

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Richard Larry “Gran-paw Tater” Tanner, age 64, of White Plains, Georgia, passed away on Wednesday, February 12, 2014.  Richard was born in Buckhead, GA on December 6, 1949.  He was the oldest of nine children born to the late Gordon Arlin Tanner and Ina Ellen Burchard Tanner.  He was a 1968 graduate of Newton County High School and married Carolyn Ann Mentel on October 24, 1970.  He held various jobs after graduation from high school before beginning his career in the snack food industry with Golden Flake, where he worked for 8 years.  He then went to work for Frito Lay, Inc. where he retired in October of 2007 as a District Sales Manager after 28 years of service.  They moved from Covington to White Plains in June of 1993.   He was a faithful member of Mt. Stephens Baptist Church for many years, where he taught Sunday school and served on various committees.  As a young man, he enjoyed softball with his friends on the Almon Gullystompers travel team.  He was a man of many talents writing poetry, doing woodwork and carpentry.  He built many birdhouses, and swings for family and friends.  He enjoyed being outdoors fishing, hunting, riding the tractor and gardening, but spending time with his family was what he enjoyed most.
Richard is survived by his wife, Carolyn Tanner of White Plains, GA; son Richard A. Tanner  (Sabrina) of White Plains, GA; daughter, Debbie O’Hanlon (Patrick) of White Plains, GA; granddaughter, Anna Rose “French Fry” O’Hanlon; sisters, Ellen Harville (Mark) of Newborn, GA, Martha Bouts (Daryl) of Social Circle, GA; brothers, Jimmy Tanner (Saba), Glen Tanner (Mim), Darrell Tanner (Cathy) all of Covington, GA and David Tanner (Karen) of Cleveland, OH; brother-in-law, John Mentel (Mary Ann) of Summerville, SC, sisters-in-law, Fran Butler of Dacula, GA and Pat McPhee (Bob) of Humble, TX; a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and twin siblings who died at birth.

Funeral Services will be held at Mt. Stephens Baptist Church, Edwards Road, White Plains, GA on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Eugene Bess and Rev. Dennis Garner officiating.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are Richard A. Tanner, Patrick O’Hanlon III, Darrell Tanner, Jimmy Tanner, Glen Tanner, Charlie Cook III, Donnie Wheeler and Donald Clements.  The family will receive friends Sunday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at McCommons Funeral Home.  McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Mt. Stephens Baptist Church.  Visit us at to sign the online guest register.


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Terry & Elaine Cantrell
   Posted Fri February 14, 2014
We are so sorry for your loss. Richard was such a nice, friendly man with a great personality. Praying that God will give each of you comfort and peace during this difficult time. Terry & Elaine

BO & Eula Thompson
   Posted Fri February 14, 2014
Just to let you know we will not be able to come but so very sorry. We will have to come later but know that you all will be in our prayers.

Love & Prayers
Bo & Eula

Becky Laster (Snyder) & Louise Snyder
   Posted Sat February 15, 2014
We are unable to be with you at this time but want you to know your loss is our loss too. From the bottom of our hearts we want each of you to know we are thinking of you, praying for you and holding you close in our hearts. Our memories of Richard is a reflection of the wonderful person he was.

Judy Hodnett
   Posted Sat February 15, 2014
We have enjoyed having Richard and his family hunting on our farm. Richard had a true love of the outdoors. He was a good man and we will miss seeing him.

Steve and Anne Lott
   Posted Sat February 15, 2014
Richard will always be known as a true friend. We shared such great memories when we were growing up. Our thoughts and Prayers are with Richards' family at this very sad time. May you all find peace and comfort in each other.

Thomas and Joan Clower
   Posted Sat February 15, 2014
So sorry for your loss of Richard. We are praying for all of you.

Barry and Kelly Clower
   Posted Sat February 15, 2014
We are so sorry to hear about Richard's passing. Richard was always enjoyable company. He will really be missed.

Mr.and Mrs. Joel Grant Sr. and family
   Posted Sat February 15, 2014
We are so sorry for your loss.

Don McGowan
   Posted Sun February 16, 2014
Sorry to hear about Mr. Tanner's passing. I remember meeting him when his son, Richard, was interning for us at DNR. Mr. Tanner struck me immediately as a kind, compassionate man and a gentleman. My condolences to the family.

Tony Sears
   Posted Sun February 16, 2014
My deepest condolences. I know Richard will be extremely missed. He was a great uncle and stand in father at times. I love you all and wish I could be there, but know I am there in my heart and prayers.

Terry R Snyder
   Posted Sun February 16, 2014


Terry and Sharon Snyder
   Posted Sun February 16, 2014
We are so sorry to here about Richard. I enjoyed so much talking with him about our crafts and art projects. I wish we could have been there, but please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Sending our love and sympathy, Terry and Sharon Snyder

Bobby & Janice Waldrop
   Posted Sun February 16, 2014
We are sorry for your loss you are in our prayers.

Jennifer Kelly
   Posted Sun February 16, 2014
Praying for your family during this difficult times in your lives.
"The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him". Nahum 1:7

Jan & David Hallman
   Posted Mon February 17, 2014
Richard and Family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Our deepest sympathies.
Heaven got a great angel.

Jan and David Hallman
Robert Holliday